Old Man's War

Old Man's War

Paperback - 2007 | 1st mass-market ed.
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John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce--and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity's resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don't want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You'll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You'll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you'll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine--and what he will become is far stranger.

Old Man's War Series
#1 Old Man's War
#2 The Ghost Brigades
#3 The Last Colony
#4 Zoe's Tale
#5 The Human Division
#6 The End of All Things
Short fiction: "After the Coup"

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Publisher: New York : Tor, 2007.
Edition: 1st mass-market ed.
ISBN: 9780765348272
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 362 pages ; 18 cm


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IndyPL_JordanH Jan 25, 2019

A lot of fun, a little bit of thoughtfulness, and plenty of sarcastic humor. Scalzi takes the idea that it's possible to transfer a human consciousness to a new, genetically engineered body, but doesn't dwell on the implications all that much; no philosophical debates about whether human essence is being copying vs transferred, at least not between the characters themselves. The unique way he employs this old science fiction trope has plenty of cool factor, and the dialogue keeps things mostly fast and light, but with enough emotional heft to make the characters and events seem realistic. Recommended!

Nov 29, 2018

My ffirst Scalzi and last. I didn't like it. Totally unexplained science is not Science Fiction. Fantasy maybe. The premise is good but no plot. He just wanders theough adventures/battles without reason. I didn't see any point to it.

Nov 09, 2018

Very interesting concept and storyline. Is it the soul or the body which goes on and once united can they be separated? Very good Sci-fi read by an interesting writer.

Hillsboro_RobP Oct 29, 2018

Do you like snark? Do you like sci-fi?
Well then you'll love...

HCL_staff_reviews Oct 08, 2018

The Colonial Defense Force recruits its soldiers from among the old and retired. They take people with decades of life experience and give them a new life as super soldiers fighting for humanity's survival. John Perry discovers just what this means when he joins up on his 75th birthday. A great action adventure that includes many clever, funny, and poignant moments. Just won the Campbell Award for best new writer in 2005— Jody W., Maple Grove Library

Sep 16, 2018

has the flavor of classic heinlein, which is why i enjoyed it. i may prefer the locked in series and redshirts but will still try at least the next book in the series.

Jun 18, 2018

Quirky sci fi book that kick-starts the series

sit_walk Feb 06, 2018

Really solid sci-fi page-turner. If you are a fan of Starship Troopers or Joe Haldeman's The Forever War there's lots to like here. (And ignore the other reviewer's comment about graphic sexual content. There's hardly any sex in the book and nothing particularly graphic.)

Aug 29, 2017

Never having heard of the author, I decided to read his book based on this characterization (below): "However, there was way to much gratuitous sexual content. And it was not mild. It was more prolonged and graphic than what you would find in Game Of Thrones." I thought, really? - more and harsher (degrading) sex than the Game of Thrones series? Is that possible? Well. It is sci-fi. Maybe there is tentacle-sex?

You be the judge. Here is the scene: "I stared. I opened my mouth to say something. She grabbed my head and kissed me so hard that I was knocked back into my quarters, She managed to kick the door shut on our way to the floor. I was impressed. I had forgotten how easy it was for a young man to get an erection."

Where would you score this on a sex-scale between Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers and R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series? Not the much milder presentation on television. The actual content of the books.

One begins to wonder if all the reviewers here are sincere.

Mar 31, 2017

Just as good as Starship Troopers in that rejuvenated human army recruited senior citizens fight several different alien species & stealing each other's technology the hard way.
Cute joke on Ghost Brigades from deceased applicants' DNA.
Good to have a mature everyman.

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May 26, 2015

Sexual Content: Very gratuitous, strong and graphic. Totally unnecessary and gross.


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