Old Man's War
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 alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So:... show more
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 alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going 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. Everybody knows 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 two years 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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: January 15th 2007
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
Series: Old Man's War (#1)
I'm not sure what to make of this. I'm not sure the world really needed another Starship Troopers or even another anti-Starship Troopers and I don't even know which this is. The characters discuss whether the endless conflicts with all and sundry are really necessary or not but the genuine political...
I've been eyeing Scalzi's work for a while, but not being a huge sci-fi fan, I've always tended to pass over his books. But after getting hooked on the TV shows The Expanse and Dark Matter, and reading the first of the Expanse books and loving it, I decided - after a quick check with some long time...
When I turn 75, if I have a chance to get my young, toned, wrinkle-free, 20 year old body back- with improvements, in exchange for a stint in the military (hence the title Old Man's War), I'm going for it- you won't have to ask me twice! All aging adults are given this option by the Colonial Defense...
"Dealing with garrulous old farts every day had apparently taken its toll." If you had to make a choice today about whether you'd sign up for an intergalactic military with a vague notion of living a longer life in an improved body and reporting for duty at age seventy-five, or living out your e...
Author: John Scalzi Rating: 4 stars I do enjoy good sci-fi. I like the logic, the science, how things for the most part reliably make sense. It's hard to explain, I find it comforting - like a blanket. I said it was hard to explain. Anyways, this book was very good. I really enjoyed followin...