a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on the military and warfare, esp. when the setting is outer space or other worlds
Military science fiction is a highly specialized art form. It is attempted often, but there are few writers who know science, society, and the military well enough to write a good story of war in the future.
A few years ago, General Sir John Hackett, along with other NATO generals, wrote a book called ‘The Third World War: August 1985.’ He must have thought that more work needed to be done on that scenario of political, or rather military science fiction, and he has now presented us with an enlarged version, which not only looks at the war on the central front (the NATO nations) from the viewpoint of several fictional Soviet characters but also describes political events, before and after the imaginary war, in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and East Asia.
Elizabeth Moon’s newest novel finds her turning from medieval fantasy to military SF, if a rather genteel grade of the latter.
The last two decades of the twentieth century saw a revival of written military science fiction. Jerry Pournelle, a Korean War veteran, has written a number of stirring novels with strong military themes, both with Larry Niven (notably in The Mote in God’s Eye, a first-contact story, and Footfall, a fine tale of alien invasion) and by himself.
An epic military science-fiction novel that crosses time and space.
Jerry Pounelle, in "Hammer's Slammers"
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