Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Old Man's War

By John Scalzi

  • Release Date: 2007-04-01
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 57 Ratings
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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

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  • Terrific read

    By Teragram42
    Scalzi's blog is great, so I thought I'd read one of his books. This was a very good decision. I read a lot, everything from SF to non fiction to crime novels, and loved that this book manages to be about interstellar war and marriage, seamlessly. I probably enjoyed Leguin more, because her heros really aren't and Scalzi's definitely is, but I enjoyed this far more than Heinlein. Read it. You will enjoy it. Highly recommended by this avid reader!
  • Instant classic

    By cdelasablonniere
    One of he best science fiction book I've ever read.
  • Old Man's War

    By Asteroid Matrix
    Great sci-fi reading, great story. Kept the action and imagination going throughout the whole novel.