Best Military Science Fiction

A Listmania! list by Jonathan D. Russo (FL)
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The list author says: "The following is a list of some of the greatest military science fiction I have come across. My personal preference is geared more toward hard science, but a good space opera with a military backbone is always with its weight gold. Realism in the political infighting and military management are key to these selections. The adventures of Gleep and Glup, are always fun for entertainment value but will not be found in list."
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1)
1.  Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1) by Jack Campbell
The list author says:
  "Military officer gets frozen in his escape pod after a vicious battle only to be picked up 100 years later.  He finds that his actions and tactics in that battle elevated him up to a demigod in the eyes of the people he fought for.  However, customs and courtesies and all strategic tactics have gone out the window as the war dragged on.  Think veteran Gunny Sergeant in a sea of 2nd lieutenants."
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Rogue Clone
2.  Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent
The list author says:
  "The author sets of a somewhat realistic depiction of a possible future.  Where later in our future we colonize and our society bases itself on Platoís Republic.  However, the warrior cast is made up of clones that can never become officers.  Like how average Joe can run for office, but only the rich or connected get elected.  But, the main character is a special clone meant for bigger things."
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Orphan's Alliance (Jason Wander)
3.  Orphan's Alliance (Jason Wander) by Robert Buettner
The list author says:
  "Earthís been attacked, but at our current technological level our enemy is far away and not easy to be engaged.  Since, earth has set up a defensive system to protect, but now is the time to strike back.  The plot behind the main character is the classic option of jail or military.  From there it just becomes right   (or wrong) place at right time scenarios, but you care about the characters."
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Live Free or Die (Troy Rising, Book 1)
4.  Live Free or Die (Troy Rising, Book 1) by John Ringo
The list author says:
  "Take the idea of earth being held under the rule of an oppressor following the announcement of an intergalactic superhighway exit put in next to Venus by powerful but relatively neutral race of aliens.  Now take the idea of how government would act vs. individual man with a new found source of power and fueled by patriotism.  His forward thinking avoids red tape and political BS to defend earth."
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Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
5.  Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet) by Orson Scott Card
The list author says:
  "I like this book as a standalone from the series for the various reasons: itís a perfect depiction of how the military should and for the most part does extract potential from its people. Secondly, but not really noted by most is how enderís bother Peter and sister Valentine use the media to shape society into what they think is right.  However, there is so much more to this book."
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Mutineer (Kris Longknife)
6.  Mutineer (Kris Longknife) by Mike Shepherd
The list author says:
  "Iím not really a fan of female protagonists, but Kris Longknife is a vague exception.  I hate the fact sheís rich and has a supercomputer in her head.  However, her character is a self hating rich girl and her supercomputer has an AI with attitude and so I learn to forgive. But really think about it what kind of superhero would batman be without a Bruce Wayne budget for gadgets?"
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Starship: Mutiny (Starship, Book 1) (Bk. 1)
7.  Starship: Mutiny (Starship, Book 1) (Bk. 1) by Michael D. Resnick
The list author says:
  "Classic ragtag misfits save the day and make the universe a better place.  However, there are some good political undertones and the characters are well drawn to a point you truely care what happens."
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Starship Troopers
8.  Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
The list author says:
  "Not the cheesy movie the book.  Both great action, but itís a classic read for itís introspection on political structuring and military service.  Its one of the most requested books for deployments."
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