Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, is the 1st novel in his Old Man’s War series of military science fiction space operas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This was a finalist for the 2006 Hugo for Best Novel and placed 2nd on the Locus Award list for Best First Novel. The series is set in a far future world at war with aliens, using assorted technology to physically enhance the humans within.
The story uses the premise that the military doesn’t want young people, but instead seasoned and skillful types who’ve lived a lifetime already, starring one man who takes the deal, finding the experience to not quite be what he expected.
Offered through June 21st, available in Canada & the US directly from the publisher as their Free Book of the Month Club selection.
Free for a limited time through midnight Eastern Time on June 21st @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi officially only available to Canada & the US due to geographical rights restrictions; requires newsletter signup with valid email address)
You can also follow along with the ensuing book club discussion over at the Tor.com blog on their usual blog tag.
No joining the army or going into interstellar space until you’re at LEAST 75 years old.
Responsible for protecting humanity, the Colonial Defense Force doesn’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth, never to return. You’ll serve two years in combat. And if you survive, you’ll be given a homestead of your own on a hard-won planet light-years from home.
John Perry is taking that deal. He thinks he knows what to expect. But the actual fight is far, far harder than he can imagine—and what he will become is far stranger.