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

THE DEBATE IS ON!

This week we want your votes and submissions for the top military sci-fi book/series of all time.

Military science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction that features the use of science fiction technology, mainly weapons, for military purposes and usually principal characters that are members of a military organization involved in military activity; occurring sometimes in outer space or on a different planet or planets.

Weigh in on the poll below (feel free to add your own suggestions) and then duke it out in the comments!

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

    Troy Rising is a Ringo book. It is a very good series. But Honor Harrington is a multi tome epic. It starts out slow and just builds over the following books. The latest few have been really awesome reads.

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  2. Milton K. LaDue
    Milton K. LaDue says:

    I have either read one book or all the books in the above choices. By far, In Her name grabbed me in a headlock that made me stay up all hours of the night until I had finished the series. I wish Amazon/Audible would get off their butts and get the audio version. THAT for me would be exquisite.

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  3. Stephen Warren
    Stephen Warren says:

    Read the early Falkenberg stories in Analog and got hooked.Finally got a copy of The Prince(collection of the books and stories from England for 20$.Here they were going for 100$.

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  4. Becky
    Becky says:

    I voted for the Honor Harrington series because, though I love the Vorkosigan Saga, I have never considered it to be military sci-fi. Both of these authors – David Weber and Lois McMaster Bujold – are brilliant writers and great character creators, but Bujold focuses much less on battles, weapons and military technology. That is where Weber shines.

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    • ChickJ
      ChickJ says:

      The Vorkosigan Saga is the best and I have read 38 of the books in that list. If you are looking for a new space military series try The Pike Chronicles by G. P. Hudson.

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  5. Dave Ottens
    Dave Ottens says:

    80 years old, a voracious SF reader for at least 68 of them. My vote for Starship Troopers is colored by my own infantry experience; god how I’d have loved one of those powered suits!

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    • Linda
      Linda says:

      If you books with AWESOME Powered Suits, check out Sherrylyn Kenyon and her series called The League! It’s a military, Syfy , set in the far future! Amazing writing and characters! She also has several other series in Fantasy sci-fi called Dark Hunters.

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  6. Ferenc Marton
    Ferenc Marton says:

    Star Wars. Well over 200 novels in the series. (Star Trek probably has more, though). For traditional series the Dune series (starting from pre-Dune), Honorverse books, Hells Gate also by David Weber, Ender. Any one of these, and many more I didn’t list would be worthy of being #1. I like them all.

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    • Linda
      Linda says:

      I have quite a few of the Star Wars books! Many of the series that were written nearly 20 years ago! Haven’t bought anything Star Wars for about the past 10 years or so! All the books are Prime condition!

      If anyone is interested In Fantasy/ Syfy , check out Sherrylyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters and her series called The League is definitely a Military Space Series and has AWESOME POWER SUITS, Dave Ottens . I am currently reading anything Jay Allen!!

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  7. Jon Briggs
    Jon Briggs says:

    Though I added Red Rising, I’m stunned that its not already up for vote, galaxys edge and exforce are a close second IMHO

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  8. Tygrr
    Tygrr says:

    No Tanya Huff?
    Also loved the books about Promise Payne…can’t remember author. I think book 1 was called “Indomitable”? Something like that….

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  9. R D Braun
    R D Braun says:

    There are an awful lot of young folks voting here. They haven’t read most of the good old series. Since when did starship troopers become a series?

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  10. Tim C Taylor
    Tim C Taylor says:

    My vote would be for The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Relativistic effects, manipulative media, and then of course the war against the Taurans. I was 12 when I read that. Blew my young mind. Honorable mention to the first mil-sf series I read, back in 1979, the VC’s in 2000AD. https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/GRN337 The final book was written only recently by Dan Abnett of Gaunt’s Ghosts fame (there’s another great series). Excellent action adventure, and coming the year after the first Star Wars movie (which we didn’t get in my country until 1978) it felt like storm troopers vs. aliens in the solar system.

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  11. Robin Hart-Jones
    Robin Hart-Jones says:

    Not sure if it really counts as SF but I voted for the Arisen series as the combat sequences (which are most of the text) are full on.

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  12. Vic Chorney
    Vic Chorney says:

    I’ve read a goodly number of these over the years (I’m 77) and have reread many of them. For me, Dickson’s “Tactics of Mistake” has always been the most realistic, can be read as a stand-alone and is an outstanding example of fine writing — no matter what the genre.

    I strongly suspect that many of the older works (30 years and more) have not been read by today’s readers. Just as an example, how many have read Hugo Gernsback? There are a lot of books that, unfortunately, have been neglected or forgotten. Laumer’s “A Plague of Demons,” Green’s “Deathstalker” series and Smith and Trowbridge’s “Exordium” series are among my favorites in that regard.

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    • ChickJ
      ChickJ says:

      How could I forget the awesome Deathstalker series? One of my all time favorites and it isn’t on the list? I think they should have people give their top ten favorites and post the top ten and have votes on it.

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  13. Sabrina Deep
    Sabrina Deep says:

    Have any of you even read The Legend of Zero by Sara King. By far the best on this list! I feel like if it doesnt win its because you havent even picked that book up yet!

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    • Sylvia Ellison
      Sylvia Ellison says:

      I Second that! And the “oldster” who thinks there are only youngsters voting here, I am not what would be traditionally considered “YOUNG”! I have been reading Sci-Fi since my teens and have read many of the series mentioned above. By far, the Legend of Zero drew me in like no other. in fact I wait somewhat patiently/impatiently for the next book in the series!

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  14. Sabrina Deep
    Sabrina Deep says:

    Have any of you even read The Legend of Zero by Sara King? By far the best on this list! I feel like if it doesnt win its because you haven’t even picked that book up yet!

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  15. Richard Young
    Richard Young says:

    I added a series which someone has started under a slightly different name. Please combine “The Lensmen Series” with “The Lensmen, Galactic Patrol”. I’m not sure why they would create a series using just the name of one of the books in the series.

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  16. TCT
    TCT says:

    Something is screwy here. Not only is exforce by Craig Alanson kicking butt like it should, but someone also listed and enforce by Craig Alanson that has several votes. The series is exforce…. those two should be combined

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  17. Tygrr FitzSapien
    Tygrr FitzSapien says:

    Would anyone else have voted for David Van Dyke’s work if it’d been an option? (I have no idea about adding to polls. Soz.)

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  18. Lord Jaxom
    Lord Jaxom says:

    Uh, Foundation Trilogy, not “Federation Trilogy.” Someone really needs to edit this list, too many people who can’t be bothered to properly enter options.

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  19. Reader951
    Reader951 says:

    Honor Harrington is created by David Weber. That’s how I voted only to find my vote showing up under David Drake. While I know he wrote at least one of the short story/novellas the series should properly recognize the creator David Weber. It is truly awesome military sci-fi.

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  20. Gerald Reynolds
    Gerald Reynolds says:

    Stars at War series by Steve White. Came out as Iraq wars were kicking iff. Reminded me that peer vs peer battles are ones of attrition.

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  21. Sren
    Sren says:

    KTF LEGIONNAIRES!!!!!!!!!

    1. Legionnaires series
    2. Sloppy the Beer can
    3. Galaxy Outlaws

    The legionarie series got my soul
    But honestly RC Bray brings them all to life, so any sci space opera with Bray will be awesome.

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