Military science fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction for which the principal characters are members of a military service and an armed conflict is occurring, often in space or on a planet other than Earth. Excerpted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_scifi.

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Need help identifying short story about retired military colonel who fought war at end of time

I read this story in an anthology in the eighties or early nineties. It was about an old man who lived outside a western-like town, though that might have just been how I imagined it. He goes to ...
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Sci-Fi Novel Title involving Space Infantry

I read a paperback novel in 1999 when I was suffering from pneumonia. My mother had purchased it from a thrift store for me, so it could have been from the 70s or 80s. In this story, a squad of space ...
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Military sci-fi novel identification: Man with no memory on trial, main story told as a long flashback; favorite weapon is a shotgun

The book starts with a man on trial, he has no idea why as he is missing a big chunk of his memory. He fires his attorney, and the court goes with some type of memory retrieval. We witness what ...
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Military sf short story: something like super-infantry on a raid

Maybe 20 or 30 years ago I read a short story recounting a futuristic raid (I suspect on another planet) on an enemy settlement by (I think) a handful of soldiers. I think that they more or less run ...
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A boy who finds out his dad implanted military technology in his head

I read a newish book some time in 2012-2014, in which this guy of maybe around 16 has a dad who works in a lab doing some research or something. His dad gets into some kind of trouble and tells his ...
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Poem about a time traveller and an alien fighting as mercenaries with swords

Read this in the 80's in a compilation of military Science Fiction short stories. The author/speaker is a human time traveller who has gone back in time and become a mercenary at a time when swords ...
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Teen soldier's brother is killed by the military, she goes on the run with the framed killer

There is a book I read once through, that had a sequel that I couldn't find at the time. In order to try to find the sequel now, I need to remember the title of the first book. Here's what I remember: ...
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Mankind prepares for a war with aliens by warring among itself

I am looking for the title or author of a atory I read back in the 90's, no idea when it was written. The plot goes something like this: Humanity has gained access to space travel and sends 9 or 12 ...
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Looking for a book about the moon being a spaceship with an AI

I read this in the late 90's if I recall correctly. Can't remember title or author. American astronaut is doing a survey of back side of the Moon. He is shot down and captured by the AI that controls ...
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Mil-SF book, Moon setting, First Contact, aliens from another universe

I probably read this book as a mass market paperback, late 1980s. A friendly pair of aliens from another universe crashes on the moon; we take it in on our moonbase. It is pursued by a violent, ...
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Semper Fi — Trying to locate a book

I can't remember the name of it but the premise is this: Two portals open on a typical fantasy world. A large stockpile of modern military weaponry and instructions to use it fall into the evil ...
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Looking for a series of short stories about soldiers who had prescient abilities

I believe these stories were first written in the 80's, and the main arc was about soldiers who had been found to have time warping, telepathic and prescient abilities. It was very 'X men' in nature ...
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Why are the Enterprise's away teams very lightly protected? [duplicate]

This bothers me sometimes. In this period of The Next Generation, offensive weapons (such as phasers) are very fatal. Humans and most other Starfleet personnel are very vulnerable to them. Yet when ...
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Novel about America fighting a corrupt United Nations

I'm looking for a book set in the future where America is fighting a despotic or corrupt U.N. The U.N. practically forces the U.S. to join a new world order, disbanding their military. The US has a ...
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Looking for a book featuring a soldier/marine travelling to a different time/universe

I picked up a book a year ago and read the summary at the back(part of a series maybe?) at a airport bookshop but had to stop because of my flight was about to depart. I can't remember the author or ...
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Did Robert Heinlein Create the Modern Concept of Powered Armor?

Is Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, published in 1959 and winner of the Hugo award for Best Novel in 1960, responsible for the modern concept of "powered armor" that is such a standard of recent ...
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What book has human colonies at war against a (possibly bat-like) alien race? [duplicate]

The story takes place in the future; humans have colonized our galaxy but they encounter an alien race with which peace is impossible. Colonies start the war but Earth doesn't help them and decides to ...
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Independent military sci-fi authors? [closed]

I was reading mainstream military sci-fi such as Jack Campbell, David Weber and B.V. Larson when I lucked into a vein of ebooks by independent (or recently independent) authors like Dietmar Wehr, ...
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Series of books set in space behind enemy lines

There were a series of books (I think there were 5 when I started reading them) primarily set around a captain whose ship is destroyed at the beginning of a war and escapes in a evacuation pod. He is ...
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Looking for title of Military Sci fi book. Please help

Many years ago I read a book, possibly one of a series. I read it in the early 90's so it may have been from that period or the 80's. I remember several details, but can't recall title or author. ...
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YA book from 70s where the cover illustration was drawn in shades of green on a white background

I am unsure if this YA novel was actually SF or just an adventure story. I read it in the mid-70s. The reason it was important was because it piqued my interest in physics and science. It may have ...
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Titles of plagiarised space opera trilogy

I'm looking for the titles of a military space opera trilogy (I think) that was more or less directly copied from an earlier series or a non-SF military series. My memory is quite vague but I think ...
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Enterprise Chain of Command

What is the chain of command on Kirk's Enterprise? We all know that Spock is second in command, but who comes after that? I ask because last night I re-watched Shore Leave, which featured Kirk, Sulu,...
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What's the name of a book about super endurance through relaxation?

I'm trying to remember the name of the book which is about a military commander who has found a way to push the limits of human endurance by completely relaxing his body. From what I can remember, his ...
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Military sci-fi story: Soldier gets bone implants, can't retire, fights on through the pain

A futuristic soldier's abilities are augmentated through surgery to his bones and he becomes a super soldier. He's not the only one. After he leaves the military, he becomes some sort of Policeman. ...
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Short story about alien military telepathy?

I am trying to find a short story that I read in my youth. I unfortunately can't remember anything of the title. I thought it had been written by Arthur C. Clarke, but a search of his short stories ...
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Horror story where vietnam veterans are pursued by ghosts

Looking for a ghost/horror story involving group of Vietnam vets pursued by ghosts from a Vietnamese cemetery. Locale is west coast USA, I believe.
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Excluding laser beams, what is the first instance of an idea from military science fiction that became a military fact?

In 1898's "War of the Worlds", heat rays(lasers?) were science fiction. Now military lasers are science facts. Is there a science fiction idea that turned into an actual military weapon/vehicle ...
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The Stormtroopers know who to take orders from. Are there ways that Star Wars movie fans can tell the difference in their rank?

The Imperial Stormtroopers must know who their leaders are so they know their place in the hierarchy. How is it displayed? Is it possible for movie fans to tell the ranks of the armored Stormtroopers, ...
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Were there military personnel / branches of service in Federation aside from StarFleet?

It seems to me that from all I've seen of various Star Trek shows, Federation (or Earth) does not seem to have ANY combat military personnel/branches aside from Space Navy (aka StarFleet). No Marines ...
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Trying to identify name of 1970s(?) space-opera novel

Forgive me, my memories of this book are pretty hazy and may not be enough to go on. It was a novel I read as a kid sometime in the 1980s; I'm guessing it was published in the 1970s as I vaguely ...
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“not a vengeance party” scene

I think this scene was from a military sf or fantasy book, but I can't place it. Commander: Well, you've seen what they did to [men's names]. How many of you want a chance to get back at the sons ...
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Novel about space marine dealing with relativity?

I read half a book in a library a while ago that followed a guy from the first set of marines to actually go fight. They have gel-pod-beds to survive accelerations in space. after the first mission, ...
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Scifi novel with extremely slow motion space battles

I'd like to remember the name of a scifi novel that had a strong military theme with lots of political intrigue where the space battles were fought in slow motion due to some limitation of the ships ...
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Military sci-fi ID

I've been trying to identify several series of military sci-fi that I read in the early 90's. I've had more luck remembering details of some than others. For this particular series, the only details ...