12 Best Military Science Fiction Books (2020)

Science fiction is a genre in which no event will come as a surprise, there are glorious battles in outer space, outstanding worlds that are hard to imagine, astonishing characters that bring all the thrill in the world with them, and so much more which is why science fiction has so many fans around the world.

Our best military science fiction books review will be showing you a few sci-fi books that focus mainly on military plots, wars, intergalactic battles, and so on.

Best Military Science Fiction Books

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Photo Title Rating Length Buy
Starship Troopers 8.00/10 335 Pages Check Price On Amazon
Old Man's War 8.46/10 332 Pages Check Price On Amazon
The Forever War 8.30/10 278 Pages Check Price On Amazon
On Basilisk Station 8.26/10 458 Pages Check Price On Amazon
Dauntless 7.90/10 293 Pages Check Price On Amazon
Armor 8.24/10 426 Pages Check Price On Amazon

Photo Title Rating Length Buy
Terms of Enlistment 8.00/10 347 Pages Check Price On Amazon
The Honor of the Queen 8.44/10 422 Pages Check Price On Amazon
A Hymn Before Battle 8.02/10 467 Pages Check Price On Amazon
Forging Zero 8.20/10 575 Pages Check Price On Amazon
The Complete Hammer's Slammers 8.34/10 500 Pages Check Price On Amazon
To Honor You Call Us 8.24/10 454 Pages Check Price On Amazon

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

 

The first book in our review, like many others, had such a good plot that it was made into an even more exciting movie. It’s famous for the term “the bug war” as you are about to read all about it inside.

The story here follows a mind-blowing war that is going on between humans and a terrible species of bugs from another planet. These things have no trouble killing and pulling the heads off of anyone who threatens them. They are deadly and you will see just how hard it is to win a war against such a horrible opponent. We love this book so much that we included it in our article about the best science fiction books ever! If we made you interested in Heinlein’s work, take a look at our selections of the top space opera books and the top classic science fiction books, where we covered some of his books as well.

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

 

Old Man’s War has a very entertaining plot that leads to an intergalactic battle, later on, first, you must meet the main character in the book and the series that this book is a part of also called Old Man’s War. For more information about the book, take a look at our selection of the best space opera books!

His name is John Perry and he is about to have his 75 birthday, this is also the year when he is going to join the army. This is a special kind of army that is specifically looking for people like him as the war that he is about to be trained for has no place for amateurs. This book can be also found on our ultimate list of the top science fiction books! For more books written by Scalzi, you must check out our review of the best new science fiction books, where we covered one of his works as well.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

 

The Forever War is another thrilling military sci-fi book, perhaps one of the best military science fiction books out there and the plot inside is simply amazing. It’s the first book of the series and you are about to meet the main character who will bring all of the action. For more information about the series, take a look at our reviews of the best time travel book series or best classic science fiction books!

He is Private William Mandella and he is about to use interstellar travel in order to get to a faraway battlefield where humans are fighting a deadly alien enemy. This type of travel tends to mess with time and when William returns to Earth, he will see just how much of it has changed in such a short period of time. We have no other option than to include this amazing book in our selections of the best sci-fi books and the best space opera books out there!

On Basilisk Station by David Weber

 

Honor Harrington is the name of the main character in this book and the name of the series that this book belongs to. The story starts out with this first volume of the series in which you get to meet the main woman herself, Honor Harrington, and a bunch of other characters who are also very important to the outcome of the story. For that reason, we also included it in our selection of the best science fiction books with female protagonists! If you want to learn more about the series, don’t hesitate to check out our review of the best science fiction book series.

You get to read about the marvelous space adventures that Honor and the other characters have as there is quite a lot of danger to read about in this one. There is also a lot of political talk and a whole lot of wars and fighting, you definitely don’t want to miss this one. For more info, take a look at our article about the top space opera books.

Dauntless by Jack Campbell

 

The war in this amazing military science fiction book happens between two sides, the Alliance and the Syndics. These two sides have fierce hatred for each other and it seems now that the Alliance is finally looking like they are losing the whole thing.

With its fleet crippled and stranded, the Alliance is not looking good, but the shows up the main character of the story, Captain John Geary, and you get to find out how thrilling this character can be with all of his heroic deeds in the middle of a devastating war that has destroyed so many lives. If you want to learn more about the series, that this book is part of, make sure to take a look at our review of the best science fiction book series.

Armor by John Steakley

 

Get ready for the battle of a lifetime as this story holds one of the best military science fiction stories of all time. The main character who will be showing you around is Felix, a soldier from Earth who has been given a special kind of armor, one that is unstoppable in terms of defense as well as offense.

His mission is to defend against and stop a horrible alien insectoid horde that has proven tough to beat. Felix is definitely no ordinary guy and you are about to see him and his fellow soldiers in action as they try and defend against this deadly threat with their lives.

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

 

This is a story that talks about a character named Andrew Grayson, a person among many who lives in a filthy and devastated world in which genuine food is only history. The only way to have a chance at a better life is by joining the army and securing yourself a ticket off-world.

Andrew finally decides to take this step forward and be done with this filthy world. Andrew is about to learn what is the price for this new life that he has chosen as his adventures take him to some of the most dangerous places in the universe and soon his filthy world back home didn’t seem so bad.

The Honor of the Queen by David Weber

 

This is the second book from the Honor Harrington series by David Weber and the adventures go on as Honor Harrington is in the middle of all the action again.

A great war is the main focus of the plot here, this war is between Manticore and Haven. Manticore is in great need of good allies to defend against Haven and planet Grayson looks like the perfect candidate.

The Foreign Office sends Honor Harrington on the mission for gathering allies this time but they managed to overlook one very important detail about this whole situation. You get to find out what this crucial detail is for yourself as you get to this book.

A Hymn Before Battle by John Ringo

 

Earth gets pulled into a war that it wants no part in this time as they are in the path of the Posleen, cruel aliens that are definitely not to be taken for granted. Having no other way of defense against these powerful enemies, the Galactic Federation offers help for the backwater planet Earth as they send allies to aid them in battle.

Humans also get ahold of some pretty destructive technology which is meant to help them defend themselves. The story has just begun as this is only the first book from the Posleen War book series by John Ringo and there are 4 more books to go.

Forging Zero by Sara King

 

This fun story takes place on Earth after the whole planet remains post-apocalyptic as an alien civilization ravaged most of it previously. The events that are about to happen follow the life of a 14-year-old boy, named Joe Dobbs.

These aliens are not unfamiliar to this world as there has been a long war going on against them. Joe is the next person who has been drafted in the army against them and his training finally begins. You are about to discover alien governments, dangerous alien worlds, strange and awesome characters, and so much more as you follow the adventures of Joe.

Hammer’s Slammers by David Drake

 

We are getting pretty close to the end of our best military science fiction booksselection and our next to last choice is this book by David Drake. This story follows the Hammer’s Slammers, a band of fighters for hire who are now working for a planetary government that is in need of defense against guerillas and terrorists.

You are definitely going to have fun reading about the Hammer’s Slammers as these guys are known to have defeated so many forces, and they are famous for all of their successes. There is no one better than these guys and you are about to find out why.

To Honor You Call Us by H. Paul Honsinger

 

The last interstellar war you are going to read about in our article is this one between the Terran Union and the Krag. The Krag are horrible aliens with dire intentions, their mission is to exterminate all humans and they don’t give up until every single one is dead.

The main character of this story is a thrilling character, known as Max Robichaux, who is about to be put in command of a very powerful fighter ship but one that has had no luck in its battles so far.

Well, that’s it for our review of some of the top military science fiction books out there and you are definitely going to enjoy each one of them if you happen to find this reading genre interesting.

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Robert Hazley
Robert Hazley
Robert is a science fiction and fantasy geek. (He is also the best looking Ereads writer!) Besides reading and writing, he enjoys sports, cosplay, and good food (don't we all?). Currently works as an accountant (would you believe that?)