The Last Colony

The Last Colony


By (author) John Scalzi

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 324 pages
  • Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 25mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 076535618X
  • ISBN 13: 9780765356185
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 8,191

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Retired from his fighting days, John Perry is now village ombudsman for a human colony on distant Huckleberry. With his wife, former Special Forces warrior Jane Sagan, he farms several acres, adjudicates local disputes, and enjoys watching his adopted daughter grow up. That is, until his and Jane's past reaches out to bring them back into the game -- as leaders of a new human colony, to be peopled by settlers from all the major human worlds, for a deep political purpose that will put Perry and Sagan back in the thick of interstellar politics, betrayal, and war.

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Author information

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his debut novel "Old Man's War" was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other books include "The Ghost Brigades "and "The Android's Dream." He has won the Hugo Award, the "Romantic Times" Reviewers Choice Award for science-fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. His weblog, Whatever, is one of the most widely-read web sites in modern SF. Born and raised in California, Scalzi studied at the University of Chicago. He lives in southern Ohio with his wife and daughter.

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"The sequel to "Old Man's War" combines taut military action with keen insights into the moral issues revolving around developing technologies. Scalzi has a finely tuned sense of balance between personal drama and the 'big picture' ... Highly recommended." --"Library Journal" (starred review) on "The Ghost Brigades" " " "A mix of "Starship Troopers" and "Universal Soldier," "Ghost" evokes awakening, betrayal, and combat in the best military sci-fi tradition." --"Entertainment Weekly" on "The Ghost Brigades" " " " An impressive piece of work." -- "Philadelphia"" Inquirer" on "The Ghost Brigades" " " "Fast and deep... I like the galaxy this author's playing in, the characters he limns, the situations he's playing with, and I'm glad there's at least one more volume on the way." -- "San Diego"" ""Union""-Tribune" on "The Ghost Brigades" " " "In Heinleinesque fashion, the book is loaded with scenes of comradeship, isolation, ruthlessness and the protocols, which govern the lives of active-duty soldiers. But this is where Scalzi, famous for his blog ' The Whatever, ' surpasses Heinlein. Scalzi weaves in subtle discussions of humanity's growing fear of aging and our simultaneous attraction and repulsion to the Frankensteinlike creatures we are able to create." -- "San Antonio Express-News" on "The Ghost Brigades" "Scalzi is a natural heir to Heinlein, and his second book in this series is a good old-fashioned space opera, which takes time to question the nature of free will." -- "St. Louis"" Press-Dispatch" on "The Ghost Brigades" " " "Astonishingly proficient." --"PublishersWeekly" (starred review) on "Old Man' s War" " " "Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood-roiling. His dialogue is suitably snappy and profane. And the moral and philosophical issues he raises... insert useful ethical burrs under the military saddle of the story." --"The ""Washington"" Post" on "Old Man' s War" " " "Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man's War" is a splendid novel." --"Cleveland Plain-Dealer"