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Old August 21 2009, 11:26 PM   #1
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Recommend some great space navy novels.

I love the Honor Harrington series and I also have bought, but not yet read the books in The Lost Fleet series. Are there any more series of books that deal with space navies in the same vein as the two aboved mentioned series? Thanks!
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Old August 21 2009, 11:53 PM   #2
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

I have not read that series... It sounds like you are fishing for something more specific than a space opera novels involving fleet battles. Can you be more specific?
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Old August 21 2009, 11:58 PM   #3
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The crux of the novel concerns mankind's first contact with an alien species, but it incidentally includes more "space navy" stuff than you can shake a stick at, so long as raging battles aren't required to garner that appellation.
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Old August 22 2009, 12:44 AM   #4
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The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The crux of the novel concerns mankind's first contact with an alien species, but it incidentally includes more "space navy" stuff than you can shake a stick at, so long as raging battles aren't required to garner that appellation.
Seconded, by a long way. One of my top five SF novels ever.

But avoid the sequel, as it's rubbish.
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Old August 22 2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

PASSAGE AT ARMS by Glen Cook -- this is the real deal!

and, for psychological complexity to make BEDFORD INCIDENT look like a juvenile,
David Gerrold's YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN (the second version, with the Diane Duane intro, not the really skinny one first published as YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN, and not the VOYAGE OF THE STAR WOLF, which is a really totally different, somewhat inferior thing. )

EDIT ADDON: Nevermind, not series books. These are standalones.
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Old August 22 2009, 02:48 AM   #6
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The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The crux of the novel concerns mankind's first contact with an alien species, but it incidentally includes more "space navy" stuff than you can shake a stick at, so long as raging battles aren't required to garner that appellation.
Seconded, by a long way. One of my top five SF novels ever.

But avoid the sequel, as it's rubbish.
You're WAY too kind. The sequel is a still-steaming dump on top of the rubbish pile. The last 30 years of Niven have all been Blue Mondays IMO.
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Old August 22 2009, 03:02 AM   #7
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

Try David Feintuch's Nick Seafort series. It begins with Midshipman's Hope.

A. Bertram Chandler wrote some very good space navy fiction as well about a character named John Grimes.
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Old August 22 2009, 10:56 AM   #8
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Try David Feintuch's Nick Seafort series. It begins with Midshipman's Hope.
Hope he doesn't speak Yiddish, his name would have an unusual meaning then. I might look into that.

How good is the Honor Harrington series?
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Old August 22 2009, 12:31 PM   #9
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

Hope he doesn't speak Yiddish, his name would have an unusual meaning then. I might look into that.
No, Seafort is, as I remember it, an Irish Catholic. (Though, in Seafort's future, Catholicism has seriously mutated, taking on some of the most stringent doctrines of Calvinism.)
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Old August 22 2009, 12:43 PM   #10
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

The Shiva Option(And associated novels)
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Old August 22 2009, 01:42 PM   #11
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

Hi, Thanks for all the info! I am going to Amazon to check out the books you wrote about. The Honor Harrington series is pretty good. I thought it would be boring, but it grabs your attention and keeps it there throughout. Some novels are better than others, but I still liked them all.
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Old August 22 2009, 01:44 PM   #12
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

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A. Bertram Chandler wrote some very good space navy fiction as well about a character named John Grimes.
Woah, that's a name I haven't heard in so long that I'd actually forgotten it entirely until I saw it there....

I'm having a freaky "there is a hole in your mind" moment...

I think the last time I saw one of A Bertram Chandler's books was in my high school library...
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Old August 22 2009, 02:03 PM   #13
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A. Bertram Chandler wrote some very good space navy fiction as well about a character named John Grimes.
Woah, that's a name I haven't heard in so long that I'd actually forgotten it entirely until I saw it there....

I'm having a freaky "there is a hole in your mind" moment...

I think the last time I saw one of A Bertram Chandler's books was in my high school library...
I'm feelin' my age with that one too ... I remember that there were a bunch of these issues as 'double novels in one book' but that the chronology was ALL over the place, so it was hard to figure a sequence of which went before what. I think I gave up on the series because I could only find a certain percentage of them, very few new, most used, at San Jose's Recycled Books and Twice Read Books.
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Old August 22 2009, 02:18 PM   #14
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Re: Recommend some great space navy novels.

The Science Fiction Book Club put the whole of Chandler's Grimes series together chronologically in six hardcover volumes about five years ago. Stupidly, I didn't get the whole set before the books went out of print and the SFBC went belly up; I only have the first three.
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Old August 22 2009, 03:34 PM   #15
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and, for psychological complexity to make BEDFORD INCIDENT look like a juvenile,
David Gerrold's YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN (the second version, with the Diane Duane intro, not the really skinny one first published as YESTERDAY'S CHILDREN, and not the VOYAGE OF THE STAR WOLF, which is a really totally different, somewhat inferior thing. )
The updated version of Yesterday's Children is usually published under the title Starhunt these days. Or at least my copy is. I'm not so sure about the additions (you can tell Gerrold wrote them years later, as tone and style suddenly just shift), but they do give you an actually complete story.

I quite like the Star Wolf books; they're well worth seeking out: The Voyage of the Star Wolf, The Middle of Nowhere, and Blood and Fire. I don't really like the big chronological gap between two and three, but the first one especially is fantastic.

Surely the original space navy novels are the Lensman books? You can't really get more fun than that.
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