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  • Published: New York : Tor, 2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 316 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0765348276
  • 0765309408 :


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Old man's war

by Scalzi, John, 1969-

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Call number: Science Fiction

Available Copies: West Adult

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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

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Geriatric Starship Troopers. Not particularly good, but it is fun.

In Earth's future, the galaxy is crowded and there's a lot of competition among its many sentient races for habitable planets. Humanity's solution is to recruit septuagenarians who are tired of being old and feeble, sticking them in engineered, upgraded pseudo-human bodies, and sending them off to fight for Earth's colonies.

We follow a single recruit from the day he enlists, through the long scary trek into space, the shock (and rediscovered libido) of being in a powerful new body, the rigors and camaraderie of boot camp, and the horrors of battle and pain of losing friends. It's Starship Troopers (the movie not the book) with an elderly green twist.

The science in Old Man's War is squishy-soft. His soldiers have all kinds of wacky superpowers which simply get chalked up to "genetic engineering" or "nanos". These aliens look like crabs, those are like birds, and that one is an inch tall. There was no particular reasoning behind the morphologies, they just wanted to be different and weird. So they were. I did enjoy that one planet was populated by green slime, right out of Dungeons & Dragons.

Overall it reads like a very good amateur novel. Battles and tactics were pretty simple and the protagonist enjoyed Rambo-style luck as bad aliens stood around waiting to be shot. But that didn't keep it from zipping right along and leaving me with a few chuckles along the way.

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