The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century, edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H Greenberg (Del Rey, 2001)

Maybe it’s the fact that some of the very first science fiction books I read were Joe Haldeman’s Forever War, and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, courtesy of my military father, but I’ve always had something of a fascination for well-done … Continue reading

Women of War, edited by Tanya Huff and Alexander Potter (DAW, 2005)

As this title suggests, the common denominator is that each of the fifteen stories within focuses upon a female, be they soldier, warrior, or innocent caught up in times of war. Thus, we’ve got a mixture of military science fiction, … Continue reading

Future Crimes, edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois, (Ace, 2003)

In contrast to the original anthologies I’ve been looking at, Future Crimes is a collection of reprints, bringing together eight stories of, well, crime in the future. I’m sure some of the selections will be familiar to any fan of … Continue reading

Kris Longknife: Intrepid, by Mike Shepherd (Ace, 2008)

The infamous Princess Kristine Longknife of Wardhaven is, surprisingly enough, bored. Sure, she has her very own warship, disguised as a merchant vessel, laden with scientists and researchers intent on exploring beyond the rim of human space, but she’s a … Continue reading

The Lost Fleet #3: Courageous, by Jack Campbell (Ace, 2008)

Captain John “Black Jack” Geary is in for the fight of his life. He awoke from a century-long slumber in a survival pod to find himself rescued by a fleet that reveres him for his military record and heroic actions, … Continue reading

Freehold, by Michael Z. Williamson (Baen, 2004)

Framed by unknown people for massive amounts of embezzling, Sergeant Kendra Pacelli is forced to abandon everything she’s ever known, turn her back on the world she has served faithfully, and flee for her life, claiming sanctuary with the only … Continue reading

His Majesty’s Dragon, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey, 2006)

As the Napoleonic Wars rage on, the captain of the British ship, HMS Reliant, one Will Laurence accidentally gets swept up in events far greater than his own everyday experiences could ever have anticipated. The capture of a French frigate … Continue reading

Kris Longknife: Audacious, by Mike Shepherd (Ace, 2007)

A Longknife’s work is never done. Naval lieutenant Kristine Longknife, Princess of Wardhaven, is in dire need of a vacation, after the way things have gone for her over the past few months. Thusly, she packs her bags and her … Continue reading