Old Man's War
by John Scalzi
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PublisherTor Science Fiction
Release Date2007-01-15 (added to CC 5 May 2009)
Amazon Sales Rank2,017
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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Loved the concepts this book explored.
(24 May 2010)
Excellent read! Great story for Sci-fi. Interesting turn on humanity. Loved it.
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I liked this book. It's not hard-core science fiction but a nice read.
(25 Jun 2007)
This book is fantastic! Even for those that normally do not read sci-fi. The author has an excellent sense of humor and this book is very, very, well written. Definalty a must read!
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