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Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 8:28:19 PM   
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Doing lots of reading during the pandemic love any Historical Military Fiction books.....can be any conflict including Military Science Fiction.

What are your fav's??

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 8:36:05 PM   
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Joe Haldeman's Forever Wars
Heinlein's Starship Trooper
Books by Keith Laumar, his Bolo books
There is a series of books based on an Elite Mercenary unit, but author and titles escape me!
Off the top of my head...

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 8:43:58 PM   
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Fallen Dragon. Hamilton, Peter F.

One of the best things Hamilton has ever written.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 8:48:17 PM   
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You can't go wrong with anything from David Drake if you like Military SF.

Hammer's Slammers is a classic and his other titles are worthy of any military SF buff's bookshelf.


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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 8:52:09 PM   
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Downloading away gents!

Keep them coming :)

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 9:15:35 PM   
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You can't go wrong with anything from David Drake if you like Military SF.

Hammer's Slammers is a classic and his other titles are worthy of any military SF buff's bookshelf.


Yeah, Hammer Slammers, that's what I was trying to remember!

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/2/2020 9:28:51 PM   
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You can't go wrong with anything from David Drake if you like Military SF.

Hammer's Slammers is a classic and his other titles are worthy of any military SF buff's bookshelf.


Yeah, Hammer Slammers, that's what I was trying to remember!


Ah and don't forget Jerry Pournelle's Falkenberg's Legion and other of his CoDominium series of books.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 3:02:04 AM   
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Pournelle hosted a series called There Will Be War, went to 9 volumes, each with a theme. Nothing better out there.
WEB Griffin has written a lot, but his early series Brotherhood of War is awesome.

I've read a lot of stuff, but those are still in my permanent library.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 8:33:18 AM   
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You can't go wrong with anything from David Drake if you like Military SF.

Hammer's Slammers is a classic and his other titles are worthy of any military SF buff's bookshelf.


What you’re looking for is The Complete Hammer’s Slammers. For space opera my highest recommendations for Antares Dawn & sequels. It’s written by NASA engineer, and it shows!

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 8:53:21 AM   
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There is the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorverse

And you can check this wiki page for lots of Military Science Fiction suggestions.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_science_fiction

For the Napoleonic Spanish War (mainly) you have the Sharpe Series by Bernard Cornwell. Perhaps the best writer of Historical Military Fiction, in my humble opinion. I though his book The Fort about the Penobscot Expedition was an excellent read.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharpe_(novel_series)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fort_(novel)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Cornwell

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 12:28:44 PM   
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"The Destroyermen" series by Taylor Anderson

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 3:54:44 PM   
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quote:

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Doing lots of reading during the pandemic love any Historical Military Fiction books.....can be any conflict including Military Science Fiction.

What are your fav's??

Thanks!


Depending on how science fictiony you want to be:

https://turtledove.fandom.com/wiki/Worldwar

I really enjoyed this series. From start to finish each book left you wanting to read the next. I was truly sorry to see it end.
Turtledove has other alternate history books. I only read this series.
I guess being stuck at home I might have to spark an interest in reading again.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 6:06:13 PM   
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Yes, that was a pretty decent series...

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 6:51:57 PM   
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Another Military SF you might want to look at is Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet, and Lost Fleet:Beyond the Frontier.

I also second WEB Griffin series, he has several, But Brotherhood of War was/is my favorite, followed by The Corps.

Also, Jeff Shaara has a WWII series that I'm currently reading, as well as some other series.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 6:58:34 PM   
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S. M. Sterling's Nantucket series is a favorite of mine:

The Island of Nantucket is transported back to 1250BC & all sorts of military action ensues.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_in_the_Sea_of_Time

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 8:34:49 PM   
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Like zombie stuff? John Ringo wrote a series on a pandemic man made that caused people to act like zombies, they weren't really they were alive just all higher brain function was destroyed. A former Australian Para and his family start recovery from sea about 4 months after the fall is complete they rescue mostly navy and marine personnel and by the end of the series that have a large marine Force recovering the world. Black Tide Rising is series think 4 books and 2 anthologies. Also a second group of 2 books about his Brother and his efforts, set in mostly the US.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 9:05:36 PM   
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Also check out David Weber's safehold series, sci fi war on a distant planet. so far 10 books. Or if into space warfare check out Honor Harrington series. Look up author John Ringo and then David Weber they each have more then one series and Weber has a few stand alone books

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 10:04:32 PM   
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+1 Forever Wars.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/3/2020 10:05:17 PM   
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"The Destroyermen" series by Taylor Anderson


I will second this series as not only being extremely well done, but still ongoing with a lot of books to enjoy.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/4/2020 12:51:56 AM   
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Try the "Star Carrier" series by Ian Douglas. Interstellar warfare at its finest!

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/8/2020 5:44:18 PM   
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According to his then Sergeant Major, Andy McNab's Bravo two zero is largely a work of fiction

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/13/2020 11:44:41 AM   
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+1 Forever Wars.

+2 Forever Wars.

John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" series is good too.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/13/2020 2:32:56 PM   
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Check out the Frontlines series by Marco Kloos.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/20/2020 4:00:05 PM   
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For Sci-fi i would recommend the lost fleet, by Jack Campbell its a attempt to explore just what space combat would be like when you take into account the rapid advance of computer targeting software and due to the sheer speed of travel, concepts like time-lag.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/21/2020 3:05:57 PM   
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For Sci-fi i would recommend the lost fleet, by Jack Campbell its a attempt to explore just what space combat would be like when you take into account the rapid advance of computer targeting software and due to the sheer speed of travel, concepts like time-lag.

Very interesting. I'm going through a bunch of other novels and considering some more, but I'll definitely keep that one in mind. And to you I recommend Antares Dawn & sequels Antares Passage and Antares Victory. Those are written by NASA engineer, so you can be sure that space mechanics are spot on.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/21/2020 11:51:00 PM   
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Lost Fleet?
Is that the one where they find a captain floating in space after a hundred years and decide to appoint him admiral of the fleet?

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/22/2020 7:19:04 PM   
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Hey, ETF, I'm also using this list to read up on some science fiction during this "healing time".
Antares Dawn I'm starting with.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/22/2020 7:52:12 PM   
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Pournelle hosted a series called There Will Be War, went to 9 volumes, each with a theme. Nothing better out there.



I agree Pournelle was the best. Look here, not all his work but inspired by him: http://www.warworldcentral.com/index.php

For those who have never encountered his Iron Law of Bureaucracy I share it now as it shows his genius.

...in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/22/2020 8:04:54 PM   
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John Ringo was a member of the 82md Airborne as I recall. David Weber was former Military too I think.
His series are all or mostly about conflict. These are all from Baen Books Series , Paladin of Shadows, Empire of Man, Into the looking Glass, Council Wars, Legacy of Aldenata, Troy Rising, Monster Hunter Memoirs, Black Tide Rising.
David Weber has a few series too his most famous are Honor Harrington and Safehold, He has a web page with all his stuff. They are both currently still writing, David Drake is good too but don't know if he is still around.

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RE: Military Historical/Science Fiction Recommendations? - 5/23/2020 12:45:10 AM   
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Lost Fleet?
Is that the one where they find a captain floating in space after a hundred years and decide to appoint him admiral of the fleet?



Something to that affect. He had long been a legend before he was found. He was left in charge based on seniority when the senior staff went to parley, and the parley didn't go well.

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