Released on 04 February 2011.

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Old Man's War

4.23 based on 103330 ratings & 6132 reviews on

2006 Winner

Locus Award Best First Novel

2006 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel


The universe is a dangerous place in John Scalzi's Old Man's War, the first in The Old Man's War series.

At seventy-five years old, John Perry is after a fresh start - so, naturally, he joins the army. Earth's military machine can transform elderly recruits, restoring their lost youth. But in return, its Colonial Defence Force demands two years of hazardous service in space. This is how Perry finds himself in a new body, crafted from his original DNA. A genetically enhanced and upgraded new body, ready for battle.

But upgrades alone won't keep Perry safe. He'll be fighting for his life on the front line as he defends humanity's colonies from hostile aliens. He'll pay the price for his choices, and he'll discover the universe is even more dangerous than he imagined.

In the media

Top-notch. His combat scenes are blood roiling
Washington Post
I enjoyed Old Man's War immensely. A space war story with fast action, vivid characters, moral complexity, and cool speculative physics, set in a future you almost want to live into, and a universe you sincerely hope you don't live in already
Ken MacLeod
Astonishingly proficient
Publishers Weekly (starred review)