Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself — a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit, and propelled through space and time to fight in a distant thousand-year conflict. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand — despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away. So Mandella will perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through the military’s ranks . . . if he survives. But the true test of his mettle will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the time dilation caused by space travel the loyal soldier is aging months, while his home planet is aging centuries — and the difference will prove the saying: you never can go home. . .
John Scalzi - Old Man's War
With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry's service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens. The CDF has a trick up its sleeve that makes enlistment especially enticing for seniors: the promise of restoring their youth. After bonding with a group of fellow recruits who dub their clique the Old Farts, Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA and upgraded for battle, including a brain-implanted computer. But all too quickly the Old Farts are separated, and Perry must fight for his life on various alien-infested battlegrounds.
John Scalzi - Zoe's Tale
Zoe's Tale is a retelling of Scalzi's third Old Man's War novel, The Last Colony, written as a first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Zoë Boutin Perry. Zoë is the 17-year old adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan, two former-soldiers-turned-colonists who were the subjects of Scalzi's first book, Old Man's War. Her biological father, Charles Boutin, created a device capable of giving a race of creatures, called the Obin, consciousness. The Obin worshipped him, but he was killed for being a traitor to mankind and wanting to overthrow the Colonial Union, and so his daughter, Zoë, became a demigod to them.
James S. A. Corey - Caliban's War
We are not alone. The alien protomolecule is clear evidence of an intelligence beyond human reckoning. No one knows what exactly is being built on Venus, but whatever it is, it is vast, powerful, and terrifying. When a creature of unknown origin and seemingly impossible physiology attacks soldiers on Ganymede, the fragile balance of power in the Solar System shatters. Now, the race is on to discover if the protomolecule has escaped Venus, or if someone is building an army of super-soldiers. Jim Holden is the center of it all. In spite of everything, he’s still the best man for the job to find out what happened on Ganymede. Either way, the protomolecule is loose and Holden must find a way to stop it before war engulfs the entire system. CALIBAN’S WAR is an action-packed space adventure following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed Leviathan Wakes.
John Scalzi - Vének háborúja
John Scalzi a Vének háborújában egy olyan világot ír le, ahol az ember már űrbéli gyarmatokon él, és folytat kegyetlen harcokat újabbakért a Gyarmati Véderő vezetésével. Erre mindenképp szükség van, ugyanis az erőforrások szűkösek, lakható bolygókból pedig kevés van, és emiatt a kivándorlást erősen korlátozzák a Földről. Sokaknak csak az a lehetőség marad, hogy a hetvenöt éves kort elérve jelentkezzenek katonának, majd két év frontszolgálat után letelepedjenek valamelyik kolónián, busásan megjutalmazva. Nem csak emiatt hangzik csábítónak ez a lehetőség: a közvélekedés szerint a Gyarmati Véderő valamilyen módszerrel meg is fiatalítja az embereket, hiszen öregekkel nem lehet harcba indulni. Úgyhogy John Perry két dolgot tett a hetvenötödik születésnapján. Meglátogatta a felesége sírját, majd belépett a hadseregbe. Csak két évet kell túlélnie. Azt viszont még ő sem sejti, hogy milyen megpróbáltatások várnak rá - a brutális háborúk és az otthon fényévekre nyúló távolsága örökké megváltoztatja az embert. Valami sokkal különösebbé és veszélyesebbé.
Joe Haldeman - Örök háború
William Mandella csak túl akarta élni ezt a háborút. Nem kitűnni, kiemelkedni vágyott, csupán épségben hazatérni a Földre. Egy olyan Földre, amely távolléte alatt szinte fölfoghatatlanul megváltozott, hiszen a néhány hónapos bevetési idő otthon – átkozott einsteini relativitás! – évszázadok múlását jelentette. A háborút ugyanis a csillagközi űrben vívja az emberiség egy kiismerhetetlen és legyőzhetetlen ellenséggel szemben, s már az is valóságos tortúra, amíg valaki eljut a csataterekig. Ha pedig dacolva önnön esélytelenségével sikerül életben maradnia, minden megpróbáltatások legkegyetlenebbike vár rá: beilleszkedni egy olyan otthoni létezésbe, mely idegenebb a legtávolabbi bolygók világánál is. Az SF amerikai nagymestere Hugo- és Nebula-díjas regényében voltaképp a vietnami háború intő freskóját festi meg, galaktikus léptékekre nagyítva. A szereplők azonban így is azok az egyszerű emberek maradnak, akik hazájuk hívó szavát követve fogtak fegyvert, hogy aztán hatalmi játszmák bábjaivá váljanak, és a rendszer végül kifacsarva, hasznavehetetlenné téve elhajítsa őket. „Azt mondani, hogy az Örök háború a legjobb SF háborús regény, majdhogynem sértés szerintem. Minden zseniális jövőbelátása mellett ez a könyv egyben az irodalom egészének legszebb, legmegrázóbb háborús történetei közé tartozik.” – William Gibson „Ha létezne egy Fort Knox SF-íróknak, Joe Haldemant feltétlenül ott kéne őriznünk nemzetünk legféltettebb kincsei között.” – Stephen King
Orson Scott Card - Aaron Johnston - Earth Afire
One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.
Vernor Vinge - A Fire Upon the Deep
A Fire upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these "regions of thought," but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence. Fleeing the threat, a family of scientists, including two children, are taken captive by the Tines, an alien race with a harsh medieval culture, and used as pawns in a ruthless power struggle. A rescue mission, not entirely composed of humans, must rescue the children-and a secret that may save the rest of interstellar civilization.
M. Pax - The Backworlds
In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendants to survive in a harsh universe. This is the first book in the science fiction series, The Backworlds. Try it for free. A space opera adventure. After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the remaining planets. Competition is fierce, and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son. He tells his only boy their moon isn’t big enough for them both and gives Craze a ticket for the next transport leaving the space dock. Cut off from everyone he knows with little money and no knowledge of the worlds beyond, Craze must find a way to forge a new life and make his father regret this day. First, he must survive.
John Scalzi - Szellemhadtest
Az emberiséget soha nem látott veszély fenyegeti, űrbéli gyarmatai ellen három intelligens faj szövetkezik. Három faj és egyetlen ember. Az emberiség egyetlen reménye az, hogy az áruló tudós a dezertálása során hátrahagyta az elméjéről készült biztonsági másolatot. De senki nem tudja, hogyan lehetne azt felhasználni. A Gyarmati Véderő Szellemhadteste soha nem az erkölcsi aggályairól volt híres, így megpróbálja egy klónkatonájába ültetni a lemásolt lelket... elvégre a háborút nekik kell megakadályozni, és ezért a célért mindenre hajlandóak. Scalzi ott folytatja a sodró lendületű katonai sci-fit, ahol a "Vének háborúja" véget ért, még lebilincselőbb történettel és emelve a téteket. Megfiatalított vének és gyorsan öregedő fiatalok vívják a különleges háborút, ami pontosan olyan, mint az összes háború a történelemben: végtelenül mocskos. Az egyetlen menedék, ha valaki megtalálja magában az erkölcsi iránytűt, ahogyan az Scalzi kalandos sorsú főhősének is sikerült. De elég lesz-e most is ennyi, ebben a mindent elsöprő háborúban?
Dan Abnett - Horus Rising
After thousands of years of expansion and conquest, the human Imperium is at its height. His dream for humanity accomplished, the Emperor hands over the reins of power to his Warmaster, Horus, and heads back to Terra. But is Horus strong enough to control his fellow commanders and continue the Emperor’s grand design, or will such incredible power corrupt him?
Michael A. Stackpole - Dark Tide 2. - Ruin
The alien Yuuzhan Vong have launched an attack on the worlds of the Outer Rim. They are merciless, without regard for life - and they stand utterly outside the Force. Their ever-changing tactics stump the New Republic military. Even the Jedi, once the greatest guardians of peace in the galaxy, are rendered helpless by this impervious foe - and their solidarity has begun to unravel. While Luke struggles to keep the Jedi together, Knights Jacen Solo and Corran Horn set off on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Garqi, an occupied world. There, at last, they uncover a secret that might be used to undermine the enemy - if only they can stay alive long enough to use it!
Robert A. Heinlein - Sixth Column
Last of the free nations to fall, America had been invaded and conquered. Ironically, even as Washington had been destroyed, a secret laboratory charged with developing weapons to defeat the invaders had discovered a new system of controlling energy and matter. A super-weapon is developed, but who will use it to liberate America?
Peter F. Hamilton - The Neutronium Alchemist
The ancient menace has finally escaped from Lalonde, shattering the Confederation's peaceful existence. Those who succumbed to it have acquired godlike powers, but now follow a far from divine gospel as they advance inexorably from world to world. On planets and asteroids individuals battle for survival against the strange and brutal forces unleashed upon the universe. Governments teeter on the brink of anarchy, the Confederation Navy is dangerously overstretched, and a dark messiah prepares to invoke his own version of the final Night. In such desperate times the last thing the galaxy needs is a new and terrifyingly powerful weapon. Yet Dr Alkad Mzu is determined to retrieve the Alchemist -- so she can complete her thirty-year-old vendetta to slay a star. Which means Joshua Calvert has to find Dr Mzu and bring her back before the Alchemist can be reactivated. But he's not alone in the chase, and there are people on both sides who have their own ideas about how to sue the ultimate doomsday device.
John Scalzi - The Ghost Brigades
A traitor to humanity is helping a trio of alien races destroy humanity -- all of it. His motivations are unclear, his whereabouts unknown. But the traitor left something behind: a recording of his consciousness. That consciousness is poured into Jared Dirac, a warrior born as an adult to fight the battles no one else will take. As Jared fights, he learns more about the man whose personality has been placed in his head -- and learns why he turned traitor. But can Jared, bred to save humanity, be trusted not betray it instead?
Orson Scott Card - Aaron Johnston - Earth Awakens
The story of The First Formic War continues in "Earth Awakens," nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel "Ender's Game.".. When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship dropped into Earth orbit, and began landing terraforming crews in China. Politics slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But millions of people were dying, and the planet could be lost. It's up to Mazer Rackham's squad in China, who have developed a method to destroy the alien landers one by one; and Lem Jukes and his crew on the Moon, who may have the key to destroying the Formic mother ship in orbit.
Alastair Reynolds - Pushing Ice
2057. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. But when Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, inexplicably leaves its natural orbit and heads out of the solar system at high speed, Bella is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach. In accepting this mission she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has many surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome...
Karen Traviss - Revelation
During this savage civil war, all efforts to end Jacen Solo's tyranny of the Galactic Alliance have failed. Now with Jacen approaching the height of his dark powers, no one - not even the Solos and the Skywalkers - knows if anything can stop the Sith Lord before his plan to save the galaxy ends up destroying it. Jacen Solo's shadow of influence has threatened many, especially those closest to him. Jaina Solo is determined to bring her brother in, but in order to track him down, she must first learn unfamiliar skills from a man she finds ruthless, repellent, and dangerous. Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker, still haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed his mother, Mara, decides he must know the truth, even if it costs him his life. And as Luke Skywalker contemplates once unthinkable strategies to dethrone his nephew, the hour of reckoning for those on both sides draws near. The galaxy becomes a battlefield where all must face their true nature and darkest secrets, and live - or die - with the consequences.
Karen Traviss - Order 66
Even as the Clone Wars are about to reach an explosive climax, no one knows if victory will favor the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) or the Separatists. But no matter who wins, the stakes are highest for elite Special Ops clones like the Republic Commandos in Omega and Delta squads–and the notorious renegade Advance Recon Commando troopers known as Null ARCs. With their faith in the Republic and their loyalty to their Jedi allies put to the ultimate test, how will the men of Omega and Delta squads react to the most infamous command in galactic history?
Peter Fehervari - Fire Caste
First Black Library novel starring the mysterious alien race the tau In the jungles of the Dolorosa Coil, a coalition of alien tau and human deserters have waged war upon the Imperium for countless years. Fresh Imperial Guard forces from the Arkhan Confederates are sent in to break the stalemate and annihilate the xenos. But greater forces are at work, and the Confederates soon find themselves broken and scattered. As they fight a desperate guerrilla war, their only hope may lie in the hands of a disgraced commissar, hell-bent on revenge.
Karen Traviss - Sacrifice
Civil war rages as the Galactic Alliance - led by Cal Omas and the Jedi forces of Luke Skywalker - battles a confederation of breakaway planets that rally to the side of rebellious Corellia. Suspected of involvement in an assassination plot against Queen Mother Tenel Ka of the Hapes Consortium, Han and Leia Solo are on the run, hunted by none other than their own son, Jacen, whose increasingly authoritarian tactics as head of GA security have led Luke and Mara Skywalker to fear that their nephew may be treading perilously close to the dark side. But as his family sees in Jacen the chilling legacy of his Sith grandfather, Darth Vader, many of the frontline troops adore him, and countless citizens see him as a savior. The galaxy has been torn apart by too many wars. All Jacen wants is safety and stability for all - and he's prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve that goal. To end the bloodshed and suffering, what sacrifice would be too great? That is the question tormenting Jacen. Already he has sacrificed much, embracing the pitiless teachings of Lumiya, the Dark Lady of the Sith, who has taught him that a strong will and noble purpose can hold the evil excesses of the dark side at bay, bringing peace and order to the galaxy - but at a price. For there is one final test that Jacen must pass before he can gain the awesome power of a true Sith Lord: He must bring about the death of someone he values dearly. What troubles Jacen isn't whether he has the strength to commit murder. He has steeled himself for that, and worse if necessary. No, the question that troubles Jacen is who the sacrifice should be. As the strands of destiny draw ever more tightly together in a galaxy-spanning web, the shocking answer will shatter two families ... and cast a grim shadow over the future.