CRRL Picks: Conquer the Stars! Classics in Military Science Fiction

Bolo Strike
Bolo Strike By Keith, William H. Book - 2001 FICTION Kei Available in some locations

Annotation:Colonel Jon Streicher and the intelligent Bolo Tank Victor--along with his command team--are stranded on planet they were supposed to invade, up against godlike beings called the Aetryx.

The Cassini Division
The Cassini Division By MacLeod, Ken Book - 1999 FICTION Mac Available in some locations

Annotation:In the twenty-fourth century, where the elite Cassini Division of the Solar Union defends humankind from the post-humans, superior beings descended from humans transformed by technology, Cassini leader Ellen May Ngewthu gathers a force to finally defeat the enemy.

The City and the Ship
The City and the Ship By McCaffrey, Anne Book - 2004 FICTION McC Available in some locations

Annotation:Two novels in one large volume, both set in the same universe. Simeon was bored with running the mining and processing station that made up his "body." Then the invaders came. If anyone was to survive, somehow he must transform his wargaming hobby into the real thing and become The City Who Fought.

Dauntless By Campbell, Jack Paperback - 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance Fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndic.

Dorsai Spirit
Dorsai Spirit By Dickson, Gordon R. Book - 2003 FICTION Dic Available in some locations

Annotation:"Throughout humanity’s Fourteen Worlds, no group is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, and ferocious independence...and unbending honor. No one man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the arts of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the human universe."

Ender's Game
Ender's Game By Card, Orson Scott Paperback - 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards

The Forever War
The Forever War By Haldeman, Joe W. Book - 1997 FICTION Hal Available in some locations

Annotation:"The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries..." Winner of the Hugo and the Nebula awards

The Ghost Brigades
The Ghost Brigades By Scalzi, John Book - 2006 FICTION Sca Available in some locations

Annotation:The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms. The universe is a dangerous place for humanity - and it's about to become far more dangerous.

The High Crusade
The High Crusade By Anderson, Poul Paperback - 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Fourteenth-century English knights take on alien invaders with surprising results for the aliens and a grand acquisition for the villagers of Ansbyin in Lincolnshire.

A Hymn Before Battle
A Hymn Before Battle By Ringo, John Book - 2000 FICTION Rin All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"With the Earth in the path of the rapacious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans -- for a price. Humanity now has three worlds to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies." The beginning of an alien invasion series, part of which (Gust Front) takes place in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Man-Kzin Wars X
Man-Kzin Wars X The Wunder War By Colebatch, Hal Paperback - 2005 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:"The first colonists from Earth named the planet Wunderland. Generations later, the felinoid alien invaders called Kzin came and turned it into a hell for humans. Touched on in other accounts of the Man-Kzin wars, here for the first time is the decades-long saga of Wunderland: how the Wunderlanders first learned of the Kzin attacks on Earth by slower-than-light communications, barely in time to prepare to fight back... ."

On Basilisk Station
On Basilisk Station By Weber, David Book - 1999 FICTION Web Available in some locations

Annotation:The Basilisk Station was a place to sweep incompetents, fools, and failures under the rug . . . or to punish officers with enemies in high places. Commander Honor Harrington has enemies, and she's about to make more of them--because the people out to get her have made her mad.

Operation Chaos
Operation Chaos By Anderson, Poul Book - 1999 FICTION And Available in some locations

Annotation:In a war waged against Black Magic, the fact that Steve is a werewolf and his wife is a highly skilled witch is not unusual. But their adventures prove very unusual, even for their world, when they are given the task of neutralizing an enemy's ultimate weapon--the world's most powerful demon.

The Sharp End
The Sharp End By Drake, David Book - 1993 FICTION Dra Available in some locations

Annotation:Gangs ruled Cantilucca. Guns were the only law, and there was no lack of guns. It was hard to imagine matters getting worse. Until the survey team arrived ...Major Matthew Coke was not a squeamish man, but the state of affairs on Cantilucca turned his stomach. He was only human after all. Where some of the rest of his team were concerned, it was difficult to be sure. Five professional mercenaries who'd learned the hard way that in the end they could defeat anything - except their own consciences.

Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers By Heinlein, Robert A. Book - 2006

Annotation:With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

Triplanetary By Smith, E. E. Book - 2009

Annotation:"From the atomic age in Atlantis to the far-flung future, here is a story of interstellar war with Earth as the prize for the victor. The elder race of our galaxy, the Arisians, using advanced mental science, has foreseen the invasion of our universe by the evil Eddorians. The Arisians begin a breeding program on every world that can produce intelligent life, the goal to produce super warriors who can repel the Eddorians."

Worldwar In the Balance By Turtledove, Harry Book - 1994 FICTION Tur Available in some locations

Annotation:War on earth erupted in every corner of the globe. Then the real enemy came. Inhuman invaders who were unstoppable, their technology far beyond our reach, their simple goal to claim Earth for the Empire. Here is a saga that covers all the Earth, and beyond, as mankind--in all its folly and glory--faces the ultimate threat; a turning point in history shows us a past that never was and a future that could yet come to be....

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