Best Military Science Fiction Books

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4.01 avg rating — 185,793 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 153,451 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 134,430 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 40,423 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 26,142 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 65,216 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 16,614 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 24,414 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 106,821 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 22,538 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 10,380 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 18,049 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 8,207 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 11,810 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 15,553 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 5,691 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 12,076 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 61,550 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 14,335 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 19,799 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 208 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 15,126 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 149,557 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 14,522 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 9,731 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 5,958 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 149,193 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 17,571 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 237,907 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,526 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 49,439 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 15,997 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 10,928 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 13,567 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 12,511 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 6,102 ratings
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38

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4.17 avg rating — 12,911 ratings
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39

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4.11 avg rating — 3,634 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 15,895 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 138,569 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 4,594 ratings
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43

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4.23 avg rating — 14,673 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 4,753 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 7,286 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 7,919 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 7,171 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 10,702 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 5,919 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 5,018 ratings
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51

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 22,478 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 28,366 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,505 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 1,932 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 1,326 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 5,145 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 1,662 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 14,152 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 5,837 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 11,246 ratings
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61

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3.92 avg rating — 2,827 ratings
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62

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3.97 avg rating — 860 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 2,090 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 7,614 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 11,708 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 20,565 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 5,411 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 2,236 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,015 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 6,132 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 15,463 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 1,065 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 5,756 ratings
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3.72 avg rating — 277 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 40,721 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 22 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 3,165 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 5,367 ratings
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3.83 avg rating — 1,931 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 4,990 ratings
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81

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4.29 avg rating — 3,652 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 3,125 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 2,093 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 8,998 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 3,003 ratings
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3.23 avg rating — 3,272 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 7,539 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 10,375 ratings
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89

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4.33 avg rating — 18,323 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 6,124 ratings
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4.44 avg rating — 2,745 ratings
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92

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4.65 avg rating — 94 ratings
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93

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4.21 avg rating — 14,219 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 5,385 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 5,542 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,575 ratings
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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 14 ratings
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4.76 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 1,008 ratings
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4.85 avg rating — 80 ratings
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646 books · 802 voters · list created July 3rd, 2011 by Scott Rose (votes) .
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message 1: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Obrigewitsch Really On Basilisk Station above the Forever War?


Mike (the Paladin) Does anyone here feel as angry as I do that the chosen cover here on GR for Starship Troopers is the one with an illustration from that excrescence of a movie by the same name???? I mean it's not a movie of the book. I love the book, one of my earliest favorite science fiction reads! That movie should be wiped from the pages of reality...not put on the cover of the book!


Mike (the Paladin) You know I love Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky...but it's not military science fiction.


message 4: by Richard (new)

Richard Irwin Someone might want to update the list-there are several listed twice, & some that aren't really military sci fi (see msg 3 above for an example). Also, why no Lensman series books? Definitely military sci fi, even if an earlier era!


Mike (the Paladin) That's the way all these listopia lists end up.


message 6: by Richard (new)

Richard Irwin Thanks, Mike.


Mike (the Paladin) Yeah. I come to them for suggestions now and then, but pretty much stopped trying to vote or post... Life.


message 8: by Sam (new)

Sam Detente More people thought other books ranked higher, just the democratic process of the system. FWIW, you can pretty much pick up any of the books on the le list and still get a good read.


ClockworkLasersword You guys should really check out the space marine books by Keith Douglas, it's a trilogy of trilogies and it just gets better and better.
It's got politics, relatively realistic science, old and new aliens, exploration of AI, depictions of a future Earth, and lots and lots of fighting!
It spans a few generations to keep things interesting, and has a few different main themes that all get expanded upon too.


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Eliminating the duplicates is easy - any librarian can do it. I just eliminated 20. You can always ask in the librarian group for someone to do it. You can also ask there if specific books need to be removed that don't fit the list criteria.


message 11: by writegeist (new)

writegeist Have you tried Linda Nagata's The Red trilogy? Pretty amazing near future warfare.


message 12: by Dennis (new)

Dennis I read a wonderful military sci-FI novel, but only remember the plot, not the title or author. Any know of a novel about war which has been privatized by global corporate conglomerates, who have their own mercenary armies and negotiate rules of combat to minimize cost of conflict. Such as simulated death (like paintball), so victory is often dependent on who negotiates rules of engagement which favors their makeup. Some very clever hand to hand combat scenes. I,d love to find and re- read this book


message 13: by Scott (new)

Scott Rose Dennis wrote: "I read a wonderful military sci-FI novel, but only remember the plot, not the title or author. Any know of a novel about war which has been privatized by global corporate conglomerates, who have th..."

Don't know it but it sounds interesting


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