Best Military Science Fiction Books

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4.20 avg rating — 175,609 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 43,556 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 147,577 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 28,768 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 71,577 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 17,252 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 27,022 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 25,282 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 121,458 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 10,739 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 20,363 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 8,467 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 12,206 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 16,205 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 65,291 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 14,287 ratings
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4.15 avg rating — 22,134 ratings
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3.99 avg rating — 14,930 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 5,986 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 160,588 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 216 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 15,710 ratings
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4.03 avg rating — 9,958 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 15,096 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 167,289 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 6,056 ratings
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4.19 avg rating — 19,900 ratings
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30

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3.83 avg rating — 259,640 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 11,478 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 54,868 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,769 ratings
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4.26 avg rating — 16,570 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 14,051 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 12,935 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 6,381 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 3,725 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 13,402 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 154,467 ratings
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4.20 avg rating — 18,116 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 4,717 ratings
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4.24 avg rating — 15,206 ratings
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4.22 avg rating — 6,133 ratings
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3.86 avg rating — 7,303 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 4,944 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 26,829 ratings
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3.95 avg rating — 8,264 ratings
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4.11 avg rating — 11,093 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 5,183 ratings
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3.98 avg rating — 7,569 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 31,979 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 8,842 ratings
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3.69 avg rating — 1,993 ratings
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3.77 avg rating — 5,337 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 11,946 ratings
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3.91 avg rating — 16,273 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 1,379 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 6,000 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 1,812 ratings
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4.09 avg rating — 7,919 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 16,842 ratings
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3.92 avg rating — 2,903 ratings
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3.97 avg rating — 880 ratings
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4.16 avg rating — 2,113 ratings
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4.27 avg rating — 21,994 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 12,163 ratings
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4.06 avg rating — 5,574 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 2,288 ratings
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3.89 avg rating — 5,490 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 3,057 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 5,941 ratings
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3.82 avg rating — 6,337 ratings
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4.17 avg rating — 1,120 ratings
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75

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3.70 avg rating — 288 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 44,390 ratings
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4.35 avg rating — 23 ratings
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4.29 avg rating — 3,748 ratings
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3.90 avg rating — 3,268 ratings
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3.84 avg rating — 1,985 ratings
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81

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4.18 avg rating — 3,107 ratings
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4.07 avg rating — 5,088 ratings
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83

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3.78 avg rating — 7,726 ratings
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4.04 avg rating — 3,227 ratings
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4.10 avg rating — 2,179 ratings
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4.08 avg rating — 9,405 ratings
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3.34 avg rating — 3,938 ratings
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4.13 avg rating — 10,844 ratings
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4.30 avg rating — 20,650 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 6,260 ratings
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4.43 avg rating — 2,797 ratings
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4.18 avg rating — 16,607 ratings
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93

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4.06 avg rating — 5,566 ratings
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4.23 avg rating — 865,135 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 22,811 ratings
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4.02 avg rating — 5,825 ratings
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3.88 avg rating — 5,613 ratings
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3.87 avg rating — 1,605 ratings
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99

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4.62 avg rating — 50 ratings
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4.76 avg rating — 21 ratings
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660 books · 821 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 Steve (new)

Steve Garriott 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


message 14: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Brooks Mike (the Paladin) wrote: "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 me..."

Yes and no. The book is totally different, and i think better, but the movie, once you got over it wasn't anything like the book, wasn't bad in it's own right. I particularly liked the scene where Daniels is pulling out of space dock the first time! ;)


message 15: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Brooks anyone still managing this list? If we add a book that's part of a series, should we add the best book or first in series?


message 16: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Brooks Scott wrote: "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 conglomerat..."

Repost this in the forum "whats the name of that book".
They're really good at this stuff


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