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    Military SF - Honor Harrington, Starship Troopers, Etc.

    I'm a big fan of David Weber's "Honor Harrington" novels. I've read all eleven novels he's written so far, as well as his four anthologies of short stories set in Honor's universe. If anyone's interested in reading these tomes, I'll list all of Mr. Weber's "Honor" books below so you'll know what to ask for at your local bookstore:

    Here is the complete list to date of "Honor Harrington" titles:

    On Basilisk Station
    The Honor of the Queen
    The Short Victorious War
    Field of Dishonor
    Flag in Exile
    Honor Among Enemies
    In Enemy Hands
    Echoes of Honor
    Ashes of Victory
    War of Honor
    At All Costs

    He’s also written two novels set in Honor’s world, that don’t feature her as the main character:

    Crown of Slaves (with Eric Flint)
    The Shadow of Saganami

    In addition to the novels, Mr. Weber has also edited four books of Harrington short stories:

    More Than Honor
    Worlds of Honor
    Changer of Worlds
    The Service of the Sword

    (The Harrington books are published by Baen Books.)

    These last four books have short stories about Honor Harrington, or that are set in her world. Some are by Mr. Weber, others by different authors. I suggest you read the full-length novels first, because some of the short stories explain in more detail incidents that are only mentioned in passing in the novels. All of these books are still in print, and can be purchased at any major bookstore – I bought mine at Borders and B. Dalton. I highly recommend these books – they’re well-written, with thoroughly believable characters that you’ll come to love (or hate, in some cases). They also contain drama, suspense, military action, political intrigue – all the elements of a real “page-turner.” I can tell you from personal experience: You won’t want to put these down once you start reading them – they’re that good.

    I may have posted this list on our site previously. If so, I beg your pardon for being redundant. But, IMHO, a series of novels this good is worth talking about repeatedly.
    I bought my first Harrington books at a dealer's table at an SF convention back in 1994. When he saw me looking at the cover of the first book ("On Basilisk Station"), the dealer said, "It's Hornblower in space." That's all I needed to hear - I bought that book, and the second one ("The Honor of the Queen") right away; and I've been a Harrington fan ever since. I recommend these books to anyone interested in good military SF.
    Now, what are some of your favorite military SF novels? Feel free to post.

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    I join you is praise of this wonderful Sci-Fi Saga by Mr. Weber. All I can add is I'm getting a little frustrated waiting for the next installment to follow "At All Costs".
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    One of my favorites is the old Theodore Cogswell story, The Spectre General, it helps to have dealt with the military or other really large organisation to get the full flavor of the humor.

    Anther is Eric Frank Russell's WASP and Allamagoosa.

    On the obscure military SF front is the novel War, 1974 by Robert Rigg, I can't even get a Google hit on this one. I read it back in the 1960s and haven't seen a copy since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
    I join you in praise of this wonderful Sci-Fi Saga by Mr. Weber. All I can add is I'm getting a little frustrated waiting for the next installment to follow "At All Costs".
    At Marcon in Columbus, OH this year, I got to chat with a high-up editor from Baen Books. She said not to expect the next Harrington novel until 2010 (unfortunately).
    Sorry, jeriddian. I'm disappointed too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TransWarpDrive View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
    I join you in praise of this wonderful Sci-Fi Saga by Mr. Weber. All I can add is I'm getting a little frustrated waiting for the next installment to follow "At All Costs".
    At Marcon in Columbus, OH this year, I got to chat with a high-up editor from Baen Books. She said not to expect the next Harrington novel until 2010 (unfortunately).
    Sorry, jeriddian. I'm disappointed too.

    Dang! It's already been two years since "At All Costs"! He must have really needed to take a break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchmeat View Post
    One of my favorites is the old Theodore Cogswell story, The Spectre General, it helps to have dealt with the military or other really large organisation to get the full flavor of the humor.

    Anther is Eric Frank Russell's WASP and Allamagoosa.

    On the obscure military SF front is the novel War, 1974 by Robert Rigg, I can't even get a Google hit on this one. I read it back in the 1960s and haven't seen a copy since.
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    I like David Drake's RCN series, and his Hammer's Slammers. Recently I've also been reading the series The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell. The latter is interesting because its space battles highlight the difficulties with relativistic distortion as you approach the speed of light, as well as the accompanying communication problems with large distances.
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    The other good treatment of that was Haldeman's Forever War.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchmeat View Post
    The other good treatment of that was Haldeman's Forever War.
    Yes! That is a good book. I read over 30 years ago and I still think about it from time to time for the profound treatment of relativity effects on a space war situation. The only thing is I can't remember where my copy is now....

    BTW, lunchmeat, did you catch GMZ's Amazon reference to the Robert Rigg book?...in case you're thinking of getting another copy?...
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    Probably send off for it this pay day, if finances permit, I'm curious to see how many of his 1958 predictions held up.
    Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto - “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”

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