Not a lot to go on, but... I seem to remember a guy in a space fighter going out to meet a fleet of alien invaders and somehow avoiding all out war. I also remember something about the guy having a sister and that she was important to the story. It's not Armor, Ender, or Starship Troopers, but it reminds me of them. I think it came out around the same time as In Conquest Born, Neuromancer, Hardwired, Snow Crash, etc. It may have been hard scifi. I don't think it was cyberpunk, but it might have been.

  • Sounds a little like 'Only You Can Save Mankind' by Terry Pratchett, but that's very much NOT hard scifi! He had a female friend (Kirsty) but no sister. – JeffUK May 10 '18 at 6:38
  • Sounds something like The Last Starfighter which was a 1980's movie but there was a novelization. Doesn't sound a proper match to what you describe, but maybe. – StephenG May 10 '18 at 9:33
  • @StephenG great book, but not it, it's more recent. The Last Starfighter has all out war and he wins it, IIRC. – decuser May 11 '18 at 16:34
  • Come to think of it "Guy in space fighter with sister important to plot and stopping a war" sounds rather like "Star Wars". Search the long list of authors who tried to sue Lucas, maybe. :-) – StephenG May 11 '18 at 17:03

So, the details were a little off, pilot was a girl, not a guy, she wins the battle and defeats the alien wolfpack. I found it the hard way, looking through a few thousand books in Goodreads lists — Chris Claremont's First Flight.

FirstFlight Cover

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  • This is actually what I thought of when I saw the question. Never read it. Probably wouldn't - I've read dozens (if not hundreds) of comics by Claremont, but novel-wise I forced my way through at least 2 (maybe all 3) books in his trilogy placed in the same world as the Willow movie. That was an experience I never intend to go through again. – RDFozz Aug 23 '18 at 17:57

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