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Zillarian
October 5th, 2010, 08:32 AM
I've been working on a list of Military Science Fiction works, movies, books, anime, etc... My original thought was to include alternate military historical fiction in this list but have begun to doubt if truly fits in the Military SciFi genre. It's not historical fiction and it's not really Military Scifi. Should it just be in it's own sub-genre of historical fiction? For that matter were does alternate history fiction in general fit in the grand scheme of things.

Thoughts and opinions?

Jennifer P
October 5th, 2010, 03:24 PM
It's shelved in bookstores with science fiction. Therefore, the genre buyers and marketers consider it science fiction. Which means, so will the majority of readers.

I don't know whether I would include it in a list of military science fiction, though. Hrm.

Zillarian
October 6th, 2010, 08:20 AM
It's shelved in bookstores with science fiction. Therefore, the genre buyers and marketers consider it science fiction. Which means, so will the majority of readers.

I don't know whether I would include it in a list of military science fiction, though. Hrm.

That was sort of my original reasoning but some of the Alternate History stuff really doesn't have much SciFi in them. The Draka series starts out as straight alternate history and progresses into MilSciFi but most of Harry Turtledoves stuff does not. Hmmm...

Also, is there a category of Military Fantasy?

Rob B
October 6th, 2010, 11:53 AM
Also, is there a category of Military Fantasy?Yes, though it is more of a sub-category under fantasy and not broken out to its own shelf.

Zillarian
October 7th, 2010, 08:27 AM
Anybody have any suggestions on Military Fantasy titles?

suciul
October 7th, 2010, 10:00 AM
Anybody have any suggestions on Military Fantasy titles?

Paul Kearney's Greeks vs Persians (Macht vs Assurians) series starting with The Ten Thousand and following with Corvus are the gold standard.

The Crown of the Blood by Gav Thorpe is pretty good also - roman legions in a Babylonian/Assyrian context

The late Chris Bunch "King" series (warrior, seer...) which is Napoleon with sex and magic is a bit campy but big fun

Rob B
October 7th, 2010, 12:41 PM
Anybody have any suggestions on Military Fantasy titles?

First I'd suggest you check out our Fantasy Forum (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=6).

There are a few specific threads there about military fantasy:
Military Fantasy (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1905)
War fantasy (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21753)

Off the bat, I'd recommend Glen Cook's Black Company (http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1396) series

psikeyhackr
October 7th, 2010, 04:28 PM
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/849493.The_Proteus_Operation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1632_series

psik

Zillarian
February 4th, 2011, 10:50 AM
Well I have my preliminary list up at http://militaryscifi.com/thelist/thelist.html suggestions for additions, deletions and whatnot are welcome. I know its far from complete but feedback would be welcome.

DailyRich
February 4th, 2011, 11:02 AM
Paul Kearney's Greeks vs Persians (Macht vs Assurians) series starting with The Ten Thousand and following with Corvus are the gold standard.

Really? I thought The Ten Thousand was pretty mediocre myself. It's pretty much just the story the real Ten Thousand in a fantasy setting, with nothing really new brought to the table and nothing really to merit it being in the fantastical setting.