Branching out, except not really

If you asked me without context, I’d probably say I don’t usually like military SF, but I’m pretty sure that’s not true.  Like, at all.  I just can’t think of any examples except the books I’m reading right now.  The Confederation series by Tanya Huff is great. (Dad, you’ll love it.  The first book is Valor’s Choice.)  I read the first two when Mel and I went to Mexico last February, and I picked up books 3, 4, and 5 from the library this past weekend.  I finished 4 and started 5 today.  Can’t get enough.  The main character is a kickass NCO space marine.  She’s awesome.  There’s a book 6 – if the library doesn’t have it this weekend, I’ll have to buy it.  I’m okay with that.


  1. Zannah

    Marines in space. The space navy sails spaceships instead of regular ships, and space marines fight aliens instead of people.

  2. Erik

    I just finished reading two somewhat military SF novels that I thought you would like.
    I liked Solar Express by L.E. Modesitt quite a bit. Much of the story is told in a series of emails between the two main characters who are on different solo missions sharing their isolation.
    Saturn Run by John Stanford was pretty good too – mostly because of a few isolated good scenes. The rest was kind of middling. But Stanford did a great job of working with realistic technology and physics. His math was very good.

    Now I am finally reading Neuromancer by Gibson. Its one of those books that everyone should have read at some point (like Catcher in the Rye or To Kill A Mockingbird) but I had never got around to it. I’m only just started but it does present a good life rule: don’t mess with Molly.

  3. Zannah

    Thanks, Erik! Added to my list. I think I read Neuromancer a few years ago because I was supposed to. It didn’t make much of an impression.

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