Best Selling Military Science Fiction

IMG_9503When I think about being on board a spaceship that feels real, I think of C.J. Cherryh’s Alliance Universe series.

Finity’s End was a surprise in that I expected an end of the universe story, and got a space ship named “Finity’s End” instead. The story deals with the transition from war to peace and how the merchants who travel space have to survive in the uneasy new alliance. Also in this series is Tripoint, which is the story of a young boy whose mother was raped by a ship’s captain and has preached revenge to her young son his whole childhood. The boy is kidnapped by his step-brother onto his father’s ship where he has to deal with strained family ties, and the truth.

Merchanter’s Luck, also in the series, is about the merchant ships who ply the spaceways and the big conglomerate ships who starve out the small independent ships. It has the feel of spaceships and the details of living on them that Cherryh is so good at.Downbelow Station

Others: Rim Runner, and Down Below Station. (received a Hugo) I am currently interested in this series because I am editing my novel about a space voyage on board a ship in Past the Event Horizon  and want to get that same virtual feel that Cherryh gives.

Another good space voyage novel is Timothy Zahn’s Icarus Hunt.

This is about the pirate captain who you can’t help but like. Again, the gritty life among the stars that holds danger and starvation at every turn as crew and captain try to hold the ship together at all costs. A surprisingly good read. With a touch of romance thrown in.
The Lost Fleet 1When I asked my writers group what their favorite science fiction was, my military guy said, “John Campbell and his Lost Fleet Series.” This is a popular series of a renegade military ship on several space adventures. Black Jack Geary, is pulled out of “survival hibernation” to lead a fleet of ships against the alien enemy. He has to overcome his earlier hero persona and the myth that has grown up around him over the last many years. I have read the first three and agree that it’s good, but I think you military types will enjoy it even more. Now the most recent (May 2012)The Lost Fleet:Beyond the Frontier has come out and continues Geary’s story. This time he is caught between two alien enemies and an antagonistic high command.

Ouch.
I showed up at Powell’s bookstore the other night thinking that Richard Morgan of Altered Carbon (won a Hugo) fame was speaking. It turned out that a book club had read him and was discussing his novel. Still, I met some nice ladies and had a good discussion. Interesting that one saw a religious tone to his book. I considered the question of how would our world be changed if we could be immortal? If we each had a cortical stack with a back up locked away. The group read it as a mystery. The mystery being that a murder is committed and the protagonist has been “backed up” and brought back to life, but the time of the murder is missing in his memory and evidence suggests that he was the murderer. What happened between his last saved identity and recent events?

Here us a list of two great Military Science Fiction Series:

John Scalzi:                                      Richard Morgan

Old Man’s War                                Altered Carbon

The Last Colony                             Broken Angels

Red Shirts                                         Thirteen

Zoe’s Tale                                          Woken Furies

I may be female, but I like a good rousing fight ‘em up, get the bad aliens type of macho book. I read Old Man’s War before I knew that John Scalzi was popular. It was an unexpected discovery and I remember saying, “Hey, this is interesting. Why hasn’t anyone said anything before?”

Well, they had.

What I thought was my unique discovery turns out to be the number#1 book on the recent TOR’s best science fiction of the decade list. Not to mention it made the Hugo nomination in 2006. Do I have good instincts or what? I went on to read Last Colony which was nominated for a Hugo 2008, Ghost Brigade 2007 Prometheus award nomination and Zoe’s Tale, also nominated for a Hugo in 2009.  John Salzi started by winning the John W. Campbell award best new sfwriter in 2005.

So I checked him on twitter and found out that he is a seriously funny man. Best twitter notes ever.

He just came out with a new book, Red Shirts. Check it out.

Scalzi takes old men and downloads their experience into young buff military bodies and sends them off to fight aliens in order to protect Earth. Richard Morgan does the same, but his guy is more of an interstellar mercenary. His series takes on a cyberpunk noir type atmosphere. NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Both writers use the idea of disposable bodies–which is perfect in a military setting. Both writers put their protagonist through an identity crisis. After reading all the above books, I was having a bit of one myself.

For you geek people. I found a blog on gravity that argues that it is faster than light. It’s rather interesting and seems to be the basis for Ursula LaGuinn’s ansible, which is a space communicator that is instantaneous. Since I have an alien space communicator in Past the Event Horizon (did I mention soon to come out? See side panel) this was very interesting to me.   http://www.metaresearch.org/cosmology/speed_of_gravity.asp

What do you think? Hello, hello. Why does my iPhone do everything but have a decent phone conversation?

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  1. Pingback: Best Selling Military Science Fiction | ScifiBook Review « Best Science Fiction Books

    • I have read all but Ian Banks and there I read his “Matter”. And number 100 I didn’t read. Nice list.

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      • jason Eisengon Bourne

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  2. Jason Eisengon Bourne

    Hello science fiction lovers and how are you today? After a long vacation Jason Eisengon Bourne will be reviewing the great science fiction elements here at Alysian Universe. As I stated below the author of this blog has a smart handle on what’s taking place in the fast moving world of science fiction action adventure. I will spread her edification of the subject matter to the world.
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    We’ve been waiting to communicate to science fiction adventure communicators like you for a long time. EISENGON respects the smart elements on your Facebook page. We want to see more of the educated topics in which you’ve pulled into the light of the public’s eyes. Sometimes the stars do not follow their logical destines. Sometimes it takes intelligent people who can see the whole universe like you to move them correctly. Please continue the fine postings you and others have displayed for the great science fiction lovers of the world. We’re in need of thinkers who can help communicate what must be told to all and what’s that? That humanity can accomplish great unknown things with people like you and others working together. People who believe in the power of the universe! The never ending treks for other life! The pursuant of not only our own orbits but others! Each week the astronomers of our time find new unknowns! In the end it will come down to one thing: we’re not alone. Yet, some don’t believe my stated truths? Your Facebook page has helped give life, and an intelligent wisdom of decorum, lace with fine keen insights into the true paths which lie ahead. The road of this adventure will not come easy nor should it. But it will come because people like you shall help shine the glory of the lights of the universe on it. Now my smart friend stay strong, keep blogging, keep posting, writing, and above all other things please keep the power of the light inside of you burning! For inside each science fiction lover there’s that deep knowing that the unknown living stars galaxies faraway will be seen by the power of our minds one day. People follow you not because you have a nice page they follow you because you give them the power to continue the great dreams and each day their dreams shall come closer. You convey wisdom as wisdom is conveyed in you. This Wisdom science fiction lovers already know: We’re not alone. What great times we live in. When writers like you can see the fire of the stars! The unknown power of the universe! In movies some call it the force! Well my smart friend it might very well be “The Force.” If not. I’ll settle for opened minded intelligent humans like you who see things for what they really are: POSSIBILITIES!
    Oh, by the way your father did give the world a great science fiction treat-he gave us you.

    Thank you, Jason Eisengon Bourne

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