Old Man's War
John Perry did two things on this 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it to interstellar space. The bad news is that planes fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. Fr from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, and unyielding. We fight to defend Earth from our new enemies and to stake our claim to planetary real estate. On Earth, the bulk of the resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defence Force. Only those of retirement age can join the CDF: they want people who carry the skills from decades of living. CDF members are taken off Earth to serve two years at the front. If they survive, they're given a generous homestead on hard-won colony planets, never to return to Earth. John Perry is taking that deal with only the vaguest idea what to expect.
- Hardback | 304 pages
- 149.9 x 210.8 x 33mm | 430.92g
- 01 Jan 2005
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"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 "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
About John Scalzi
John Scalzi is a prolific journalist, columnist, and non-fiction writer whose books include "The Rough Guide to the Universe" and "The Book of the Dumb." His web journal Whatever is one of the longest-established and most widely-read weblogs on the net. "Old Man's War" is his first novel in print.