Time to decide: What’s your pick for top military sci-fi book/series of all time?


Last week we started one of our most cut-throat debates EVER asking you to submit your votes for the top military sci-fi book/series of all time.

Hundreds of you voted on over 50 books/series that were submitted to the debate.

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What is the best military sci-fi book/series of all time?
44 replies
  1. tanj666
    tanj666 says:

    Surely there is only one real contender, and its missing from this list… EE Doc Smiths “Classic Lensman Series”.
    yes, OK, the spoken language hasn’t aged too well, but for sheer depth of story and characters this has everything else best, including the politics and moral tale that is “Starship Trooper” (which is my second favourite)

  2. D.
    D. says:

    The forever war by Joe Halderman should have been in the top ten (a close second to Starship Troopers). Didn’t see the top fifty list to see if it placed there. Well worth the effort to find and read (re-read).

  3. Wayne Dygert
    Wayne Dygert says:

    Although I voted for Starship troopers, I’m disappointed not to see David Weber/John Dingo Match to the Stars, Honor Harrington, etc. I also agree the Bolo series (Kieth Laumer?) should be included

  4. Wayne Moline
    Wayne Moline says:

    We missed the best one…not included was Hammerfall by Larry Purnell. No aliens, just man versus mankind and nature.

  5. Eleanor Forman
    Eleanor Forman says:

    I would be hard-pressed to choose between STARSHIP TROOPERS and DUNE if DUNE’s psychic powers and spice distorting space travel were not so obviously Fantasy, and not SF, despite the wonderful world-building.

  6. Jerzy Bulowski
    Jerzy Bulowski says:

    I, too, am somewhat surprised that the Bolo series and Hammer’s Slammers are missing. The Forever War is far superior to Starship Troopers, in my opinion.

  7. Thunder Six
    Thunder Six says:

    Needs moar:
    Haldeman (Forever War)
    Drake (Hammer’s Slammers)
    Weber (Honor Harrington)
    Wandrey Et Al (Four Horsemen)
    Laumer Et Al (BOLO)
    Weber & Ringo (Prince Roger)

  8. JON B
    JON B says:

    Ex force better series in general i think, but military has to be galaxy…
    I also agree with above if Arisen was on this list it would win hands down no contest, thats why i pick galaxy over exforce it has Arisen feel to it.

  9. Chris Hansel
    Chris Hansel says:

    You guys got it right. Craig’s series is the best. Some would say Dune, and no doubt it is the best sc-fi book, stand alone, ever written. But the rest of the series is almost unreadable. Din’t mess with the monkeys!

  10. Michael Gale
    Michael Gale says:

    Nothing by John Ringo, David Weber or Jerry Pournelle?
    The list of choices needs a “None of the Above” option.

  11. Grant
    Grant says:

    The Posleen War series by John Ringo (“The Legacy of the Aldenata”

    The Monster Hunter International serried by Larry Correia

  12. Jesse Hernandez
    Jesse Hernandez says:

    They left a few off the list.

    Legacy of the Aldenata Series- John Ringo

    Stark’s War Series- Jack Campbell

    Empire of Man Series- David Weber/ John Ringo


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