How are battles fought in the future? Explore worlds where genetically enhanced soldiers fight in hi-tech battle armor while massive fleets of spaceships battle for supremacy above them. Action packed and often thought provoking, these novels will definitely keep you reading late into the night.
Timothy Zahn SF Zahn
The Cobras, super soldiers with implanted weapons and augmentations, have defeated Earth’s enemies in the past. Thought to be too dangerous, the Cobras have been exiled from earth to settle three colony worlds. A new threat to earth emerges and the second generation of Cobras must face an enemy that may be more than they can handle on their own. Fans of stories with realistic military tactics should enjoy this first book in the Cobra War series
John Ringo SF Ringo
Earth finds itself in the middle of an intergalactic war between an alliance of alien pacifists and the predatory Posleen. The alien alliance supplies humanity with the technology to take the battle to the enemy as well as defend earth from a Posleen invasion force. This book features long drawn out action scenes featuring battle armor equipped elite army forces.
Eric Nylund SF Nylund
Fans of the Xbox game will enjoy this prequel to the events of the first game. The planet-colony of Reach is under attack by Covenant forces. It’s up to Earth’s bioengineered and specially augmented super soldiers, codenamed SPARTANs, to defend the planet.
Elizabeth Moon SF Moon
Herris Serrano, a female officer in the Regular Space Services is forced to resign her commission after a dispute with an Admiral. She winds up as captain of an interstellar luxury yacht for a rich old lady where she has to contend with a disgruntled crew and smugglers. Serrano eventually winds up on a planet battling against the very Admiral who caused her resignation. Highly detailed locations and strong female characters make this book a stand out from most military science fiction.
Jack Campbell SF Campbel
Captain John “Black Jack” Geary wakes up from survival hibernation one hundred years into the future and takes command of the battered remains of the Alliance Fleet. Outnumbered, and deep in enemy territory, Geary must outsmart and outmaneuver the ruthless Syndic forces in order to get the fleet back to friendly territory. Meticulous battle scenes will keep most readers glued to the pages. This is the first book in the Lost Fleet series.
David Weber SF Weber
The first installment in the famous Honor Harrington novels (modeled after Horatio Hornblower). After Honor is given command of her first serious starship, the HMS Fearless, she is exiled to a backwater planet my scheming politicians. However, this backwater soon becomes a focal point for an invasion by the diabolical Republic of Haven. It’s now up to Honor and her under-armed vessel to protect the planet. This should appeal to fans of detailed military science fiction and naval high adventure.
Steve L Kent SF Kent
In the far future The Unified Authority controls Earth’s colonies with powerful military made up almost entirely of clones. Private first-class Wayson Harris is one of these clone soldiers, except he has a mind of his own. This difference makes him a better soldier, but being different in an army of clones creates plenty of enemies.
David Drake SF Drake
These twenty-one stories are the first volume of a three part collection about a mercenary tank regiment in the future. The solders of Hammer's Regiment are competent professionals similar to modern era soldiers. Drake, a Vietnam veteran, models his characters after his own experiences serving in the 11th Armored Cavalry.
Joe Haldeman SF Haldema
William Mandella is one of the first recruits in a war that has been fought for over 1,000 years. While he spends months aboard faster-than-light ships hundreds of years go by on earth. Each time Mandella returns home, Earth resembles the home he once knew even less. Only to then return to a war that has become even more meaningless as time passes. The Forever War was inspired by Haldeman’s experiences during the Vietnam War. This is science fiction that makes you think.
R.M. Meluch SF Meluch
The U.S. space warship Merrimack wanders the stars engaging in battle with the all-devouring, semi-sentient Swarm. After discovering a trio of planets that has been mysteriously bypassed by the Swarm the crew of the Merrimack must solve a number of mysteries. Light-hearted and fast paced fun make this first book in the Tour of the Merrimack series a must read.