11 History Books You Should Read Before Writing Your Military SF Novel

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… »8/08/15 2:00pm8/08/15 2:00pm

Nemesis Games is James S.A. Corey’s Empire Strikes Back

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. »6/02/15 2:07pm6/02/15 2:07pm

With War Dogs, Greg Bear Takes Military SF To Some Very Strange Places

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. »1/07/15 7:00pm1/07/15 7:00pm

The Ultimate Redshirt Is Getting A Whole Book In Which He Dies. A Lot.

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. »11/13/14 11:10am11/13/14 11:10am

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 6:51pm5/07/14 6:51pm

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 7:00pm5/01/14 7:00pm

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 11:00am2/25/14 11:00am

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 1:49pm1/31/14 1:49pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How it Changed Their Work

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 4:15pm1/30/13 4:15pm