48 Best Military Sci-Fi Fiction

Another great list of sic-fi works, this time military Sci-Fi fiction.


Dune is one of my favourites, included in my write up about character arcs here: http://thewritingchimp.com/2014/04/29/character-arc/

Use of weapons – best book ending- possibly my all time favourite, my write up here on Books that end where they begin: http://thewritingchimp.com/2014/07/13/books-that-end-where-they-begin/

4 thoughts on “48 Best Military Sci-Fi Fiction

  1. I’ve read almost none of them — must be my Quaker upbringing. 🙂

    Very good writeups on the Heinleins (which I have read), and an excellent, and unexpected, choice to include Slaughterhouse-Five. There is indeed nothing like it.

    Samuel R. Delany has said that Starship Troopers was a big factor in his decision to write science fiction, because you get more than half of the way through the book before you realize that the narrator is dark-skinned — one of the great things science fiction can do is show us a world where that sort of thing doesn’t matter.

    (I confess I’ve used that more than once — played on the general assumption that all characters are white and straight unless you’re specifically told otherwise when they’re introduced.)

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    1. Yes, I always like to find a new list with books I have never heard of. I am going a little mainstream at the moment, and have succumbed to download the Martian. I saw the movie last night, which was awesome, not sure about reading the book after.
      I must confess I am not a huge fan of over describing the character, unless they have something distinguishing or it has has relevance to the story. I am actually more interested in their uniqueness, for example I have an investigator who has a child-like face and a voice like a gravel pit which is far more interesting than specifics (IMHO). Another character always wears sharp black suits – again, this is what makes him interesting. The rest is up to the reader 🙂


      1. I agree completely — the uniqueness is the point. I listen to a lot of audio drama, and that tells you how much the audience/reader will fill in on their own.

        And I always like to work the description in as I go — not in the first paragraph. Give the reader a reason to care before you give them details. For example, in newspaper stories, if someone has an odd name, they don’t give you the pronounciation right away — it’s usually at least a couple of paragraphs in, after you’ve started to wonder… 🙂

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