Questions tagged [military-sf]

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.

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War on the moon between two nations, one of which votes on strategy and one which does not

This thread reminded me of a story I read in Analog in the post-2000 era, about a war on the moon (I'm pretty sure) between two nations, one of which decided strategies via public vote, and one of ...
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Military anime with a main character who can power up others

This anime character is from a military anime and he has a power from a contract with a shrine/deity that lets him power ups others. In one scene, he powers up an entire army and he did this with ...
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Book named "Someone"'s War, in which complex technology is outlawed with religious fervor

I've been racking my brain all week trying to remember the name of this book so I can go back and finish it. It's been almost a decade, so I may remember some of the details wrong. The setting seems ...
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Looking for Westernized military sci-fi cover art of future woman tank commander and tank battle from 90s or early 00s

I’m searching for what I’m certain originated as cover art from a sci-fi gaming magazine which I once collected from basic internet image search for “future woman soldier” or “sci-fi woman soldier” or ...
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Soldier used by his own superiors as an unwitting Trojan Horse

This story was in an anthology of military SF, mass-market paperback, approx. 1975-85 – after the Vietnam War ended, but before the fall of the Berlin Wall. A long-running war is being fought between ...
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Sci Fi book about Jewish people in space [duplicate]

Main character was an inspector general but really an assassin sent to kill his family member who betrayed their people. Also it's about the Jews are mercenaries.
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Story about future special forces fighting nano-tech aliens

The main plot of the story is that all the different special forces (SAS, Royal Marines, Delta Force, GSG-9, etc.) are fighting aliens made from a sort of nanotech grey-goo. The alien goo is ...
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1970s short story: military artificial-intelligence starship with smart-aleck personality from alternate timeline visits Earth [duplicate]

This story was published in the mid-1970s, probably in F&SF, I remember it in a magazine, not in a book. It is told from the perspective of a U.S. military unmanned, artificial-intelligence ...
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Sci-fi show where creature snatches up soldiers in the jungle?

I recall seeing this scene on tv from the early 2000's. It was not from the movie Predator but it is similar. The creature came down from the sky and snatched this soldier up into the air. Next scene ...
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Name of author (and anthology) of a sci-fi short story called (I think) "Gold Brick"?

Decades ago, I mowed indiscriminately through dozens of sci-fi anthologies. I remember one short story that stood out in terms of writing style and characterization. It involved a bright but ...
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Book Title from 1970's-1980's - Military SciFi Collection of Tank Short Stories

Looking for title of collection of short-stories involving tank/tank battles. Pretty sure it had a tank on the front cover. Two distinct stories I remember: #1: Injured soldier stuck in a cave on ...
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Sci-fi book trilogy about enhanced soldiers, main character develops powers

I read this trilogy 20-ish years ago. It was a military science fiction story about a group of soldiers who were augmented. I think it was genetic enhancements, as the main character developed beyond ...
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bad military sci-fi; from fending off Zerg-like hive to fighting the reified multiverse/sum of history

Every once in a while I recall reading this series, which was mostly notable for the number of trope and genre mashups it crammed in, and for diverging into silly fantasy territory at the end. I ...
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Old sci if short story about a military general on another planet who gets tied up on an anthill by the locals

I am looking for the title and author of a short story I read in a Megapack. It's about a military general who is exiled on a planet, but he is so overbearing and cruel to the locals, they tie him up ...
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Sci fi story about suspended animation, military, memory upload, memory download into new bodies after death in combat

Looking for a book I remember reading from 80s or 90s. Was about a soldier who would up being put into some type of suspended animation. At some point he gets woken up just for wars then goes back ...
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Trying to identify a 1980s sci-fi short story about a robotic spaceship that returns to Earth after being sent to fight aliens [duplicate]

Like the title says, I'm trying to find the name of a story I read in an anthology in the early 1980s. It was about an AI-controlled spaceship that returns to Earth after fighting aliens in the ...
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Novel where a mind control device is used to commit murders

I'm looking for a sf story I read years ago. It has to do with mind control by the controller wearing a headgear of sorts. Significant scenes in this story have scuba divers cutting one driver's ...
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Book about a prison sentence carried out by piloting a tank in wars

This is going to be vague but it was a book where a person (forgot the gender) choose to carry out their prison sentence in a tank fighting wars? I don't think they were allowed to leave the tank, ...
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Help to ID military Space Opera trilogy with feliniods (tigerish) and suspended animation using a gas [duplicate]

I read this trilogy in the 90's, though it might be older. There is a felinoid security officer on the starship who goes EVA from one hatch to another in an effort to prove that it was possible for an ...
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Book about a space marine who control suit settings with his tongue [duplicate]

I read that book 20+ years ago and I am trying to find its title. The story is about space marines who visit various worlds and encounter new species. One original element of the story is a space ...
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Military science fiction in an anthology—world war between Islamic countries and rest of the world

A very good short story published in a military science fiction anthology - possible 25 years ago. Protagonist was a female officer trying to get her ragtag platoon through the jungle. There had been ...
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Military sci-fi series about a human combat unit on their ship specially bred for their roles

Back in the 1980s or 90s, I read the first book in a military science fiction series that dealt with a human combat unit in the far future. The novel mostly took place on their ship, and the humans ...
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Book about Israelis in space

The story is centered around Israelis in space, one of whom, the main character is an inspector general sent to solve a problem.
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Recycling Shields? Baffling Star Wars Naval Terminology

So I was watching the Clone Wars Season 2 episode 16 titled "Cat and Mouse". In this episode, the senator Bail Organa has been trapped on the planet Christophsis by a Seperatist blockade lead by ...
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Book about humanity and four other alien races at war, learn they are seed colonies of dead civilizations

I'm looking for a book I read 6 or 7 years ago - maybe less. Humanity is at war with one or more of four alien races, there is a sixth race which is a cross breed of the others. Humans come across ...
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Film involving modern soldiers in a jungle/forest fighting large vine creatures - similar feel to Predator [duplicate]

I watched a film around 2005 that involved modern soldiers (possibly American) who are being stalked and killed one by one in a forest or jungle. The look and feel is similar to Predator - big GI's ...
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Book about humanity's war with a species of bird-like aliens

I’m trying to remember a book I read about 4 years ago (though I'm sure it was older). It was military sci-fi portraying humanity’s war with a species of bird-like aliens that were rather martial in ...
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Sci fi War series involving human powered ships

The book was about a group of escape convicts tasked to hunt down a stolen ship and when they find it, they find it's powered by human bodies. The main character is a female they dubbed Queeny and she ...
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Name of a book about submarine combat

But not your standard submarine combat with to steel tubes filled with hundreds of men stalking each other in silence. These submarines were small one man ships akin to fighter aircraft. The book ...
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A story about a super soldier name Lambda 602

I'm looking for a novel where the main character is a super-soldier called Lambda 602 who's just like Master Chief from Halo. He is transported to fantasy world, where he became a familiar their that ...
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Why is this Lanky Ship alone and acting unusually?

In the battle in the Fomalhaut system after the Solar System is attacked and Grayson is stranded with a small portion of the fleet, the Lanky seed-ship behaves in some very strange ways. It deposits ...
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Book identification - space marines, underground

OK, so it goes like this: there's a team of space marines that crash land/arrive in an underground cave system they are in a ship. the action takes place inside and around the ship, in the cave they ...
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Performance-enhancing "Battle Drugs"

The idea of performance-enhancing drugs for soldiers has been kicking around in hard and hard-ish SFF for quite a while. What was the earliest example in SFF fiction? I'm referring to drugs or drug ...
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Short story about war with aliens where humans never show their overwhelming superiority

First contact is made on a new planet. The natives attack with spears. Rules of engagement are proportional response. Natives invent arrows, guns, cannons, tanks, missiles; the response is always ...
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Why do leaders carry smaller weapons? [closed]

I just watched a star trek episode where a group of ferengi complete a prisoner exchange (the only instance I can think of, showing a military squad in star trek), and I noticed that the leader ...
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Alien race recruits military personnel from the American, Soviet, and Israeli armed forces

I read a book back in the 80's where an alien race recruited military personnel from the American, Soviet, and Israeli armed forces to fight a war against an invading species. During flight time on ...
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ID movie where aliens control humans from behind

Aliens were mass controlling every human being by jumping on their back and plugging in to the neck. It looked like this: I can't remember anything but one scene, in which US soldiers were in a big ...
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Poor boy, rebel, against the state climbing on buildings etc

The storyline is about a boy from a poor part of the state, which is poisoning and harassing them. He fought against them by stealing things like medicines and food. They send the girl of his age, a ...
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What are the reasons for presumed military tech advantage for Mars in Expanse?

In the series it is stated numerous times that Mars has more advanced military technology, while Earth has numerical superiority. Tech advantage for Mars seems counter–intuitive to me: Earth would ...
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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 Barnes & Noble's Teen fiction section, in which this guy of maybe around 16 has a dad who works in a lab doing some research or something. His dad ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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