Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers
without the lectures. It's The Forever War
with better sex. It's funny, it's sad, and it's true. (Cory Doctorow on Old Man's War
Astonishingly proficient…This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF's past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they're approached with ingenuity. (Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Old Man's War
Solid…[Scalzi] sidesteps most of the cliches of military science fiction, delivers fast-paced scenes of combat and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise. (San Francisco Chronicle on Old Man's War
Smartly conceived and thoroughly entertaining, Old Man's War
is a splendid novel. (Cleveland Plain Dealer
A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most...unusual...way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: a type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek - ex-cop, war hero, and hacker extraordinaire - who, with the help of Brian Javna, a childhood friend turned artificial intelligence, scours the earth looking for the rare creature. And they find it in the unknowing form of pet store owner Robin Baker, whose genes contain traces of the sheep DNA. But there are others with plans for the sheep as well: mercenaries employed by the military. Adherents of a secret religion based on the writings of a twenty-first century SF author. And alien races, eager to start a revolution on their home world and a war on Earth. To keep our planet from being enslaved, Harry will have to pull off a grand diplomatic coup, a gambit that will take him from the halls of power to the lava-strewn battlefields of alien worlds. There's only one chance to get it right, to save the life of Robin Baker - and to protect the future of humanity.
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