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 of 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.
©2005 John Scalzi (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"Scalzi's imagined interstellar arena is coherently and compellingly delineated." (The Washington Post)
This story does remind me of the "classical" sci-fi writers' styles. Great performance and worth owning!
John Scalzi loves to dig into the idea of a person being able to change bodies like they change underwear. In this book changing bodies is not quite that easy, but it is a prominent element of this story. It just so happens that I really like the philosophical ideas that it brings up, it is very post human and appeals to me.
Narrated by William Dufris Old Man’s War presents some very cool ideas. Taking old people from Earth and moving their minds into young genetically enhanced space marines and then dealing with all of the repercussions of doing that. Good stuff.
Mr. Dufris delivers a great performance and gives all of the characters individual voices and emotions.
Great concept for a future world in which the Colonial Union has isolated and culturally "frozen" the earth to use its' first world citizens as soldiers and its' third world citizens as colonists in a bloody race for real estate against a universe full of hostile (and hungry!) aliens. The twist is that you don't get to volunteer to be a soldier until you are 75...and no one comes back.
Space opera at its' best, with the wry humor that Scalzi is famous for.
Dufris's narration is always perfect, which a range of character voices to encompass most situations.
I only wish Scalzi would stop saying "he said" or "she said" after every bit of dialogue. Failing that, could he not edit his books for narration to eliminate this annoying tic in his otherwise superb stories?
The imagination and the writing.
It's such an interesting take on the Sci-fi genre. Great pacing.
It took me a little while to get used to him, but I ended up really liking him.
No. just a smile.
I'll be checking out John Scalzi again!
My favorite Sci-Fi so far. Very enjoyable right from the start.
All. Great character interactions.
Recommend it to everyone who occasionally feels their age. It's a great escape to your youth.
Entirely plausible given recent direction of scientific advances.
His tone and variations gave me an instant grasp on many of the characters.
yes, don't want to spoil it for others.
The universe rearranges itself to accomodate your picture of reality.
I enjoyed this story as much as I have enjoyed all of John Scalzi's stories. Lots to think about in this one.
For those who loved the Forever War, or Starship Troopers, or even Startide Rising, this is a must book. While the space opera setting is standard, almost to the point of distraction, and the military memes have all been seen before, Scalzi's core twist, of old people fighting a war, freshens them up just enough to keep things going, especially when confronted with child warriors. Good science fiction makes you think and relate to current times without rubbing your nose in it. Scalzi makes it fun and a great read.
the books has some entertainment value but is not funny , creative or memorable.
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