Released on 01 June 2007.

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Old Man's War

4.23 based on 107788 ratings & 6405 reviews on Goodreads.com

2006 Short-listed

Hugo Award For Best Novel

2006 Winner

Locus Award Best First Novel

Synopsis

With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry's service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens.

The CDF has a trick up its sleeve that makes enlistment especially enticing for seniors: the promise of restoring their youth. After bonding with a group of fellow recruits who dub their clique the Old Farts, Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA and upgraded for battle, including a brain-implanted computer. But all too quickly the Old Farts are separated, and Perry must fight for his life on various alien-infested battlegrounds.

'Scalzi's astonishingly proficient first novel reads like an original work by the late grand master, Robert A. Heinlein' Publishers Weekly

'Delivers fast-paced scenes of combat, and pays attention to the science underpinning his premise' San Francisco Chronicle

In the media

Gripping and surpassingly original. It's Starship Troopers without the lectures . . . It's funny, it's sad, and it's true
Cory Doctorow
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
John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today
Joe Hill