Military science-fiction is a relatively old genre. Authors have been tackling the question of what war in the future will look like since the golden age of science-fiction, and it doesn’t appear that they’ll be slowing down any time soon. If anything, with our country being at war for almost 17 years, military science-fiction is more relevant than ever.
Despite what you might think, not all military science-fiction glorifies or celebrates war. Some of the best works in the genre are those that question the absurdity and horror of military conflict, or at least leaven the action with introspection.
Perhaps you’ve been looking for an entry point to military science-fiction but haven’t known where to start. If so, this list is for you. This isn’t an exhaustive overview, though: It’s just a short sampling of a few of the genre’s most notable works. That said, check the comments section for recommendations from our very active readership. I’m sure they’ll offer a few!