A perfect for gift for an entry-level sci-fi reader and the ideal addition to a veteran fanâs collection, John Scalzi's Old Manâs War will take audiences on a heart-stopping adventure into the far corners of the universe.
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wifeâs grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it to the stars. The bad news is that, out there, planets fit to live on are scarceâand alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Responsible for protecting humanity, the Colonial Defense Force doesnât want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. Youâll be taken off Earth, never to return. Youâll serve two years in combat. And if you survive, youâll be given a homestead of your own on a hard-won planet light-years from home.
John Perry is taking that deal. He thinks he knows what to expect. But the actual fight is far, far harder than he can imagineâand what he will become is far stranger.
âGripping and surpassing the original. Itâs Starship Troopers without the lectures. Itâs The Forever War with better sex. Itâs funny, itâs sad, and itâs new.â âCory Doctorow
âSmartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Manâs War is a splendid novel.â âThe Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
âThough a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalziâs astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master.â âPublisherâs Weekly (starred review)
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