So you want to be a military science fiction author. You’ve read the classics from all the major authors, and you’ve got a great idea for a novel. Except you haven’t served in the military, and don’t know much beyond what you’ve seen on TV and in movies. Here are 11 books of military history you might want to read…
After several months off, we hereby reconvene io9 Book Club. This month, we’re going to be reading The Red: First Light, by Linda Nagata!
Last fall, we came across Matthew Callahan’s fantastic series of images, Galactic Warfighters, in which he inserts Star Wars figures into realistic combat photography. Now, a short film delves into his process.
Like military science fiction? Rich Larson’s got a fantastic story in the January issue of Clarkesworld: Extraction Request.
Matthew Callahan joined the US Marine Corps six years ago, where he now serves as a combat correspondent. Recently, he’s been working on a photography project called Galactic Warfighters, showing off the wars in Star Wars.
We’ve highlighted the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare project a several times this year, and we’re big fans of their work. Now, they’ve got a new project that they’ve just released: an anthology titled War Stories From The Future. Best of all? It’s a free book!
We really enjoyed John Scalzi’s The End Of All Things, the latest installment of his Old Man’s War series. Audible has provided us with an exclusive clip from the audiobook edition for the novel, in which a pilot recounts how he became a brain in a box.
It’s pretty safe to say that John Scalzi’s career will be defined by his Old Man’s War series. The novels have consistently been his strongest novels, and with his latest entry in the series, The End Of All Things, he’s demonstrated that they’ve become more nuanced and interesting as time goes on.
File this under awesome: the Halo universe is being turned into a tabletop miniatures game, thanks to Spartan Games. Halo: Fleet Battles is the latest expansion of 343’s universe, after it’s taken control of console and - hopefully soon - PC gaming.
P.W. Singer and August Cole’s debut novel Ghost Fleet isn’t like any other Future War novel out there. One, they’re not your typical novelists, and two, it’s a novel that’s more realistic than anything else that typically has the ‘Military Science Fiction’ moniker attached to it.
In Christopher Golden’s latest novel Tin Men, drone warfare is taken to a new extreme: robotic foot soldiers. In it, soldiers are uploaded into robots to stem soldier casualties while maintaining world order. When the power is cut, trapping them inside, they face their greatest test.
There comes a point in any long running book series when things start to get stale. But that’s not the case with the latest entry in James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series, Nemesis Games. In it, the gloves come off and the balance of power in the solar system is turned upside down. This is Corey’s Empire Strikes Back.
Military science fiction has a long tradition of speculating about the nature of warfare. Greg Bear, fresh off of a tour in Microsoft's Halo universe, seemed like the next Big Thing when it came to combat SF with his latest, War Dogs. And, he delivers an interesting story, but it's not quite the one you expect.
Some fictional characters have all the luck, and others... well, they just can't catch a break. For years, authors of various Baen Books titles have worked in an in-joke, involving a minor character named Joe Buckley who always dies in the most horrible fashion. And now, he's finally getting the spotlight.
Everybody loves a huge space empire. A far-flung interplanetary civilization combines the romance of exploration with the pride and cool-factor of building something. But not every star-spanning regime is a viable proposition. Here are 10 star-empires from science fiction that make economic sense.
What do you do when telepathic aliens invade Earth? You can't fight them: They know what you're doing almost before you do. You can't use robots against them, because they can't improvise. You can't surrender: They're trying to take your place. To save themselves from the Lutyen invasion, humanity creates the…
Last year, we brought you an excerpt from The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez, where an 18th century frigate did battle around Mercury. Now here's an excerpt from the sequel, The Enceladus Crisis. The HMS Fortitude sails into the asteroid belt, chasing a French vessel heading for Saturn, perhaps with the…
We enjoyed Rachel Bach's first military-science fiction adventure, Fortune's Pawn, immensely — but with the second volume in the trilogy, Honor's Knight, she really hits her stride. This is starting to feel like a really epic story that covers some ground that military SF hasn't trodden too much before. Spoilers…
Honor Harrington is one of the all-time great heroes of military science fiction. The star of over a dozen novels by David Weber, she's inspired a real-life army of fans who belong to the Royal Manticoran Navy. And now she's coming to comics, games and eventually movies, from Evergreen Studios. We talked to Weber plus…
Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos are entertaining military SF fare, hitting all the same chords as John Scalzi's Old Man's War. Author Marko Kloos introduces a stagnant human population on Earth, a powerful military apparatus and a formidable alien threat that pushes his central protagonist,…