Old Man's War, Volume 1

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Macmillan, 2005 - Fiction - 316 pages
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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 aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone 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, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What's known to everybody is 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 your time 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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User Review  - Karlstar - LibraryThing

John Perry is old and alone on Earth, so he signs up for the Colonial Defense Forces, to go out into the universe and defend humanity against aliens. At 75 years old, he knows that old men can't be ... Read full review

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User Review  - hopeevey - LibraryThing

This was an excellent read! The characters are very real, very engaging. Ultimately, it explores what it really means to be human, and does it well. The SF/F elements are important, but accessible. This would be a good choice for a reader new to science fiction. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter ONE
9
Chapter TWO
23
Chapter THREE
38
Chapter FOUR
55
Chapter FIVE
77
Chapter SIX
94
Chapter SEVEN
115
Chapter EIGHT
129
Chapter ELEVEN
183
Chapter TWELVE
196
Chapter THIRTEEN
217
Chapter FOURTEEN
235
Chapter FIFTEEN
254
Chapter SIXTEEN
271
Chapter SEVENTEEN
289
Chapter EIGHTEEN
309

Chapter NINE
150
Chapter TEN
164

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About the author (2005)

John Scalzi is a prolific journalist, columnist, and non-fiction writer whose books include The Rough Guide to the Universe and The Book of the Dumb. His web journal The Whatever is one of the longest-established and most widely-read weblogs on the net. Old Man's War is his first novel in print.

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