Old Man's War

Old Man's War


By (author) John Scalzi

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 318 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 23mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765348276
  • ISBN 13: 9780765348272
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 4,019

Product description

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.

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Author information

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and "Old Man's War," his debut novel, was a finalist for science fiction's Hugo Award. His other books include "The Ghost Brigades," "The Android's Dream" and "The Last Colony." 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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" Though a lot of SF writers are more or less efficiently continuing the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, Scalzi' s astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master...This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF' s past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they' re approached with ingenuity." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) on "Old Man' s War" " Solid... [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." "--San Francisco Chronicle "on "Old Man' s War" " Thought-provoking!" --"Entertainment Weekly" on" Old Man' s War" " Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, "Old Man' s War" is a splendid novel." - "Cleveland Plain Dealer" " Solid... [Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise." - "San Francisco"" Chronicle" on "Old Man' s War" "Gripping and surpassingly original. It's "Starship Troopers" without the lectures. It's "The Forever War" with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true." --Cory Doctorow on "Old Man' s War" "John Scalzi is a fresh and appealing new voice, and "Old Man's War" is classic SF seen from a modern perspective--a fast-paced tour of a daunting, hostile universe." --Robert Charles Wilson " I enjoyed "OldMan's War "immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity and cool speculative physics, set in a future you "almost" want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already." --Ken MacLeod