I’m looking for and old science fiction title, probably from the 1970s. A small group of humans who are the last survivors of the human race are working in space as mercenaries and fighting for Aliens. In the novel they discover an old powerful Derelict space ship and are able to make it work.

  • Welcome to Sci-Fi.se! :) – alexwlchan Apr 2 '14 at 16:16
  • I haven't found a case of "last survivors" in it, but you might want to look at the works listed at tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HumansAreWarriors and see if any of them match up. – FuzzyBoots Apr 2 '14 at 17:05
  • Do you have more details, I have memories of a couple book plots following this plot. – James Jenkins Apr 2 '14 at 17:35
  • I remember a book I read sometime between the Kennedy assassination and the Moon landing with this basic plot. As I recall there was a company of soldiers who were off-world when Earth got destroyed. Of course, this being the 60s they are all male, so they decide to spend the rest of their lives drinking or something. Then some alien hires them as mercenaries by revealing that he knows of a ship full of earth women hidden someplace. At the end of the book, the spaceship turns out to be some sort of giant space ark. As soon as the humans get off the ship, the alien loads his entire race onto it – samwyse Apr 3 '14 at 4:35
  • @DVK I was thinking Titan AE – Marriott81 Apr 3 '14 at 9:22

Not sure if they are old enough but the Janissaries series from Jerry Pournelle sounds similar. I don't think they were the "last survivors of humanity" but they were carefully selected as "soldiers who were almost certain to die if the aliens hadn't rescued them".

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