18th Century Naval Warfare Hits The Asteroid Belt, In Enceladus Crisis

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… » 5/07/14 3:51pm 5/07/14 3:51pm

With Honor's Knight, Rachel Bach's Space-Opera Trilogy Gets Truly Epic

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… » 5/01/14 4:00pm 5/01/14 4:00pm

The Legendary Honor Harrington's New Adventure: Movies, Comics and More

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… » 2/25/14 8:00am 2/25/14 8:00am

Craving a new military science fiction thrillride? Pick up these books

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,… » 1/31/14 10:49am 1/31/14 10:49am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How…

So much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the… » 1/30/13 1:15pm 1/30/13 1:15pm

Some of the Coolest Space War Stories You've Ever Seen

War and Space: Recent Combat, from editors Rich Horton and Sean Wallace is possibly one of the finest anthologies that I've ever come across. This anthology looks at the nature of war, and how it might impact our future civilizations in space. Fans of high-octane stories with lots of action might be let down by the… » 7/25/12 8:00am 7/25/12 8:00am

Halo's Master Chief Is A Major Literary Figure

The books tying in with the Halo game may be bringing younger readers who've never heard of Heinlein to military science fiction, says John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War. We wrote to Scalzi to ask his thoughts about the "milSF" sub-genre's prospects, and he was pretty upbeat, if not quite Souza-esque. His thoughts,… » 2/06/08 10:40am 2/06/08 10:40am

The Rise And Fall — And Rise — Of Military SF

David Drake hit a career snag in the late 1990s. Drake, who had helped to create the military science fiction genre with his Hammer's Slammers books, saw a shrinking market for novels about interstellar warfare. So Drake switched to fantasy, and then space-opera. Now, Drake is back writing more Hammer's Slammers » 2/06/08 10:00am 2/06/08 10:00am