Old Man's War

Old Man's War

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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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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 106.68 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765348276
  • 9780765348272
  • 3,655

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I enjoyed "Old Man'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.

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About John Scalzi

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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