July 1st, 2010, 02:23 AM #1
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Need more military sci-fi series'
RCN (David Drake)
Seafort Saga (David Feintuch)
Jon & Lobo (Mark L. Van Name)
McCade Series (William C. Dietz)
Valor Series (Tanya Huff)
Old Man's War, etc.
Sirantha Jax (Ann Aguirre)
What's left? Suggestions?
July 1st, 2010, 04:36 AM #2
You've got Mike Resnick's Starship series which is well worth reading and a series I thoroughly enjoyed. You could also try Robert Buettner's Orphan series, although I've only read books 1 & 2 and they definitely have the mil-sf theme, but not sure if that will stay the same for the last three books (which I really need to read!).
If you want to try them, and aren't too daunted by the huge history, you could try picking up some Warhammer 40k books, particulalry the Gaunt's Ghosts novels by Dan Abnett - they are extremely well written and complete page turners.
July 1st, 2010, 05:47 AM #3
Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn Trilogy does not focus on military characters (although there are a couple of recurring military figures, including the commander of the entire Confederation Navy), but there is a fair amount of military action in the three books.
Agreed on Gaunt's Ghosts. For pure military SF, Abnett is currently at the top of the field.
I remember Timothy Zahn's Conquerors trilogy also being effective military SF.
July 1st, 2010, 07:46 AM #4
Starship Troopers, The Forever War and Ender's Game immediately came to mind.
Also the Herris Serrano series of novels by Elizabeth Moon (you probably know them already, since you have read Vatta's war)
It maybe worth taking a look at a couple of lists as well, like this one for example.
July 1st, 2010, 09:33 AM #5
The Bolo series started by Keith Laumer
The Man-Kzin War series started by Larry Niven
July 1st, 2010, 10:14 AM #6
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I haven't read it yet, but isn't Armor by John Steakley supposed to be a claasic of the genre?
July 1st, 2010, 03:09 PM #7
July 2nd, 2010, 03:26 PM #8
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check 'em out.
July 3rd, 2010, 09:35 AM #9
Classic military SciFi
My all-time favorites are the Lensman series and the Skylark series from E. E. 'Doc' Smith. A complete set is hard to come by. They are as old or older than I am but very good reading.
I hope nobody gets upset, but I write military scifi. Look for the Galactic Alliance series on any of the major sites and you will see the three book series. I've made the downloadable versions very inexpensive ($5.00) because I'm not out to make a living writing books. I just love doing it. If you want to read them in pure PDF check out Smashwords.com.
I love military scifi and if I recall any additional ones I will post them here.
July 4th, 2010, 10:49 AM #10
I think The General Series by S.M. Stirling is better than the Honor Harrington series but it does not involve space battles. It is about a colony that has degenerated to primitive technology, so it is 1860s level tech warfare.
Much of the series is free on the net though it is not public domain.
July 4th, 2010, 05:00 PM #11
Berserker, Bolo, and Hammer's Slammers
Here are three more very good military scifi series:
Berserker (Fred Saberhagen) His books are not filled with knock down drag out battles and tend to focus a lot on the personal battles his characters are fighting.
Bolo (various authors) About intelligent tanks and the people who command them. Most have good battle scenes but, again, the focus is not the battle itself but the personal conflicts that go along with it.
Hammer's Slammers (David Drake) I haven't read a lot of these but the military hardware in use is pretty cool. It's like WW-II battles using fusion powered equipment. Interesting reading even though some of them get a bit graphic.
July 4th, 2010, 06:38 PM #12
Here is a line from The Forge, first book of The General Series.
Quite probably one of the reports was right, but how could he tell which? That was the whole point of spraying out disinformation, it clouded the waters until the truth was invisible even if it leaked.
All warfare is based on deception.
July 5th, 2010, 05:34 PM #13
David Gunn's Death's Head series perhaps ?
July 8th, 2010, 11:45 AM #14