An edition of Old Man’s War (2005)

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An edition of Old Man’s War (2005)

Old Man’s War

  • 4.22 ·
  • 94 Ratings
  • 134 Want to read
  • 3 Currently reading
  • 115 Have read

John Scalzi channels Robert Heinlein (including a wry sense of humor) in a novel about a future Earth engaged in an interstellar war against more advanced species. Citizens volunteer for the Colonial Defense Forces after retirement, in exchange for which they have their consciousness transferred into a young body, cloned from their DNA but enhanced. If, against the odds, they survive two years of combat (or 10 years if things aren't going well, which they're not), they get another body and enjoy a fresh start on a colony. This is Scalzi's first novel, and it creates a future he will revisit in subsequent stories.

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.

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Old Man’s War
Oct 17, 2017, Tor Books
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Old Man's War
2007, Tor
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Old Man’s War
Jul 25, 2007, Subterranean
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Old Man’s War
2005, TOR
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Old Man’s War
2005, A Tom Doherty Associates Book
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Old Man’s War
Dec 27, 2005, Tor Books
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Old Man’s War
February 2005, TOR
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Publish date unknown, Tor Science Fiction
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New York, NY

First Sentence

"I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday."

Edition Notes

Series
Old Man’s War #1

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Library of Congress

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Paperback

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Open Library
OL14795055M
ISBN 10
0765348276
ISBN 13
9780765348272
OCLC/WorldCat
78226568
Library Thing
7702
Goodreads
51964

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