The best military science fiction books

William C. Dietz Author Of Red Ice (Winds of War)
By William C. Dietz

The Books I Picked & Why

Starship Troopers

By Robert A. Heinlein

Starship Troopers

Why this book?

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, is a classic, and the book that caused me to fall in love with the military science fiction sub-genre as a kid.

As far as I am concerned, Starship Troopers was the first true military science fiction novel, and paved the way for all the authors who followed including me.


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The Complete Hammer's Slammers

By David Drake

The Complete Hammer's Slammers

Why this book?

Hammer’s Slammers blew my mind when I read it. The concept, the plot, the dialog, and the tech were cutting edge at the time--and had a profound impact on what I wrote later on. 

Eventually, I was invited to co-author a book with Dave called Cluster Command. And it was a wonderful experience.


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The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

By Jack Campbell

The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

Why this book?

Jack is an outstanding writer, and I think of him as the C.S. Forester of science fiction due to his ability to construct Horatio Hornblower-type characters and invent riveting plots.

Dauntless is the first book in his Lost Fleet series and all of them are outstanding.

The fact that he was a naval officer helps too. 


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Bill, the Galactic Hero

By Harry Harrison

Bill, the Galactic Hero

Why this book?

Bill, the Galactic Hero is a satirical novel by Harry Harrison published while I was still in my teens. It’s funny, it’s satirical, and still delivers a good plot.

Harrison also wrote the fabulous Stainless Steel Rat books. Taken together Harry’s novels taught me about the use of humor in military books—and literature generally


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The Mercenary

By Jerry Pournelle

The Mercenary

Why this book?

As with my other recommendations, I am making this one based on the impact the book had on me. 

From this novel, as well as the others that Jerry wrote, I learned how important it is to build a comprehensive world-universe when planning a book.

And, when I sat down to pen the first book in what would become the Legion of the Damned series, I attempted to build a reality as fully realized as the CoDominium universe is.  


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