Non-Star Trek space opera and military scifi books you enjoy

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  1. Charles Phipps

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    I recently read all the Murderbot series. Lots of fun and a quirky commentary on the modern world.
     
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    I love Murderbot. I hope that series goes on forever.
     
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    I got the e-book version of the first one of those, but I haven't read it yet. I've heard nothing but good things about the series.
     
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    In terms of art compilations, the Terran Trade Authority books
     
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    Honor Harrington ran out of steam early, for me - the character checks every box next to the classic definition of "Mary Sue." The characterization is pure fanfic.

    I liked the Merrimack novels. They were quirky
     
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    I was recently telling someone about the two volume Steampunk Soldiers series from Osprey. It's set around the turn of the 20th century on a world where a new element (hephestium) fell on Earth in 1862 from a meteor shower, causing an industrial revolution earlier than our timeline. By the early 1900s, things like aircraft, submarines, combat walkers, and automatic weapons (among others) are already common in most nations.

    Because the bulk of the deposits landed in parts of North America, it dramatically changed the evolution of history. The American Civil War lasted twice as long and the Confederacy won, due in part to using different tactics as well as gaining better economy with the hephestium they acquired. They also blocked the Union attempts to gain control of the Mississippi River. It's hinted that the two halves might reconcile their differences and perhaps even reunite at some point.

    British Canada became the jewel in the imperial crown, rather than India (which is part of the Empire but suffering stronger revolts), and the Russian Empire (this world's leader in submarine technology) had no reason to sell their colony in Alaska. Tensions along the Alaskan/Canadian border are perpetually high, based on real historical tensions between the Russians and British at this point in time. Germany and Japan are rising powers, not too unlike their real counterparts, albeit with more advanced technology. The Tesla of this Earth is employed by the Austro-Hungarian Empire to design electrical and chemical weapons.

    Another major shift on the American continent is that the various Native tribes, whose lands in the western regions have been threatened by the Union and the Confederacy, have become far more united than their historical counterparts. Rather than waiting to fight the American governments piecemeal, the tribes have become closer and better organized as well as having modern automatic weapons and similar technology. If a western push were to be attempted, it would be far more difficult and bloody than our version.

    It's unclear if any counterparts of the late 19th century wars or a looming equivalent of the Great War might be on the horizon, as the books don't go into a lot of political analysis. It's mentioned that the Japanese fought some colonial wars in Asia with the British and other powers, but they seem to be smaller in scale than a conflict like the Russo-Japanese War. But it's an interesting take on alternate history and there's a lot of possibilities in such a setting. :)
     
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    Gordon R. Dickson's Dorsai books.
     
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    Jack Campbell (a.k.a. John Hemry)
    The first series of military sci-fi books that I started reading was the Lost Fleet, Lost Fleet:Beyond the Frontier, and Lost Stars they take place in the future and in the same universe, as opposed to the Stark's War series listed below that take place in the present day.

    I'm currently reading his Stark's War books.

    Craig Alanson
    I've read all the Expeditionary Force (1-13) books that have been released so far. I have Expeditionary Force 14 Match Game on pre-order (June 7). I have read Expeditionary Force: Mavericks (1 & 2) books. If you like book one in the series then I recommend the rest.

    John Scalzi's Old Man's War and Interdependency series. The second series has less war and more political intrigue.

    Also Joe Halderman's Forever War series is pretty good.
     
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    Those are so trippy, especially seeing the original art on the covers of 70s science fiction books!

    Not exactly space opera, but you might enjoy The Kitra Saga -- the third book (coming out March 2023) is the closest the series veers to space opera.
     
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