Best Military Science Fiction Books

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4.23 avg rating — 128,657 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 116,041 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 36,685 ratings
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3.94 avg rating — 23,604 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 55,509 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 15,251 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 22,223 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 94,217 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 20,066 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 9,679 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 16,132 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 7,558 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 14,064 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 5,279 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 55,784 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 12,967 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 196 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 10,690 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 17,925 ratings
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4.31 avg rating — 135,932 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 13,714 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 8,977 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 13,207 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 128,510 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 15,975 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 5,503 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 8,051 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 14,766 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 9,851 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 202,001 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 42,003 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 12,462 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 5,448 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 11,420 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 11,875 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 4,138 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 14,429 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 3,307 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 6,572 ratings
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43

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4.23 avg rating — 13,534 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 9,695 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 4,308 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 116,451 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 4,684 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 5,197 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 7,245 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 6,563 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 24,546 ratings
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3.68 avg rating — 1,777 ratings
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3.76 avg rating — 4,732 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 1,201 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 7,753 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 18,913 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 5,462 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 786 ratings
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4.14 avg rating — 1,984 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 1,495 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 13,044 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 2,905 ratings
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63

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4.26 avg rating — 18,222 ratings
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3.79 avg rating — 238 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 35,985 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 21 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 2,643 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 5,071 ratings
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3.81 avg rating — 5,555 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 9,550 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 6,864 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 2,117 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 12,819 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 10,801 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 939 ratings
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3.85 avg rating — 5,347 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 3,338 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 4,915 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 2,872 ratings
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3.21 avg rating — 2,977 ratings
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81

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3.77 avg rating — 6,944 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 2,873 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 5,572 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 1,905 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 1,825 ratings
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4.72 avg rating — 80 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 2,767 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 1,510 ratings
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4.05 avg rating — 4,708 ratings
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4.83 avg rating — 18 ratings
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91

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4.85 avg rating — 72 ratings
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92

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3.92 avg rating — 2,329 ratings
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93

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4.06 avg rating — 4,916 ratings
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4.33 avg rating — 16,721 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 8,134 ratings
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4.28 avg rating — 18,253 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 5,094 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 2,607 ratings
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4.38 avg rating — 5,535 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 12,800 ratings
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625 books · 755 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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