Are you a military SF fan up for something a little different? Try these stories of super-soldiers armed with genetic power-ups, magic, and more.
Lifelong troublemaker Scarlett Winter is recruited into a secret unit at West Point devoted to the training of young cadets with superhuman abilities. Placed among the elite of the elite, Winter discovers she has the ability to harness pure energy. She has the potential to become the Point’s most destructive weapon, but controlling her power is becoming more difficult by the day.
Magic is real, and very dangerous unless it is in the right hands — the government’s of course. Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the Supernatural Operations Corps has one job: track down and eliminate “selfers”: magically gifted civilians who refuse to put their abilities to use for Uncle Sam. Britton is good at his job, but the tables are turning now that he’s manifested powers of his own.
Richard K. Morgan
The Thirteens were variant humans engineered by the government to be brutally effective, utterly remorseless killing machines: shock troopers on the battlefields of the future. Public opinion turned against them, though, and the majority were exiled to Mars. One has found a way to return to Earth, and hired gun Carl Marsalis has been tasked with finding and killing him. Carl knows Thirteens better than anyone else on Earth — he is one.
Steven L. Kent
Five-hundred years in the future, humanity has colonized the galaxy. Keeping the local systems in line would be difficult for the powers that be in the Unified Authority were it not for its army of clone soldiers: genetically engineered warriors trained from birth to fight the UA’s enemies without question. Private First-Class Wayson Harris isn’t like his clone brethren, though. He sees what others won’t, and worst of all, thinks for himself.
William C. Dietz
When you join the Legion, there’s no turning back, and that’s exactly what appeals to the criminals, misfits, and terminally ill who make up its ranks. With their human bodies destroyed and their minds placed in living machines, they are humanity’s vanguard against an unforgiving alien threat.