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List of famous military science fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular military science fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best military science fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A Hymn Before Battle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo A Hymn Before Battle is the first book in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. Earth is introduced to extraterrestrial life by the Galactics, who tell the leaders of the World that an ...more

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A Rising Thunder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber A Rising Thunder by David Weber, released on March 6, 2012 by Baen Books, is the thirteenth novel set in the Honorverse in the main Honor Harrington series. This book was originally so large ...more

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Against the Odds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Against the Odds is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is her seventh and last novel set in the Familias Regnant fictional universe. It does not fall in either informal trilogy; ...more

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Ashes of Victory is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Ashes of Victory is the ninth Honor Harrington novel by David Weber.

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At All Costs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber At All Costs is American author David Weber's eleventh Honor Harrington novel, first published in 2005.

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Cally's war is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Julie Cochrane, John Ringo Cally's War is a novel by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series. It follows Michael O'Neal's daughter Cally, who, raised from an early age by her ...more

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Change of Command is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Change of Command is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon, first published in 1999. It is set in her Familias Regnant fictional universe, and is the third novel in the informal Esmay Suiza ...more

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Changer of Worlds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Eric Flint, David Weber Changer of Worlds, published in 2001, was the third anthology of stories set in the Honor Harrington universe or Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide ...more

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Dorsai! is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Gordon R. Dickson Dorsai! is the first published book of the incomplete Childe Cycle series of science fiction novels by Gordon R. Dickson. While it is the first book published in the series, later books are set ...more

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Downbelow Station is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
C. J. Cherryh Downbelow Station is a science fiction novel written by C. J. Cherryh and published in 1981 by DAW Books. It won the Hugo Award in 1982, was shortlisted for a Locus Award that same year, and was ...more

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Frank Herbert Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is the world's best-selling science fiction novel ...more

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Echoes of Honor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Echoes of Honor is the eighth Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. The novel is divided into six "books". Books 1, 3 and 5 describe the unfolding course of the Manticore-Haven war, ...more

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Elysian Space Navy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber

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Empire from the Ashes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Empire from the Ashes is a science fiction novel written by David Weber. Published in 2003 by Baen Books, it is an omnibus re-issue of Weber's Dahak trilogy, including Mutineers' Moon, The ...more

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Eye of the Storm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo Eye of the Storm is a novel by John Ringo, as part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series. It is set after the defeat of the Posleen on Earth, and introduces a new threat from outside the galaxy - ...more

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Field of Dishonor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Field of Dishonor is a science fiction novel, the fourth in David Weber's Honor Harrington series. It is notable for being the only book in the series to not feature space warfare.

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Flag in Exile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Flag in Exile is the fifth Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. In the story, the disgraced Honor enters a self-imposed exile on Grayson.

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Gust front is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo Gust Front is the second book in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. Earth has had some time to prepare for the Posleen invasion, but it may not be enough to stop the onslaught.

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Heirs of Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Heirs of Empire is a 1996 military science-fiction novel by David Weber. It is the third novel in the Dahak trilogy, after the de facto duology of Mutineers' Moon and The Armageddon Inheritance. ...more

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Honor Among Enemies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Honor Among Enemies is the sixth Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. In the book, Honor returns to active duty from her political exile on Grayson to command a Q-ship and fight space

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Honor of the Clan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Julie Cochrane, John Ringo Honor of the Clan is a novel by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series, specifically a spin-off that features Michael O'Neal's daughters Cally and ...more

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Hunting Party is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Hunting Party is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is the first novel set in her Familias Regnant fictional universe, and the first novel in the informal Heris Serrano trilogy. It is ...more

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In Enemy Hands is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber In Enemy Hands is a military science fiction novel, the seventh in the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, and was first published in 1996. Like most novels in the series, its text is ...more

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In Fire Forged is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber, Jane Lindskold, Timothy Zahn In Fire Forged, published February 1, 2011, is the fifth anthology of stories set in the Honor Harrington universe or Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, ...more

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Into the Looking Glass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo Into the Looking Glass is the first novel in the Looking Glass military hard science fiction series, written by American author John Ringo. The book was released in March 27, 2007 by Baen Books. ...more

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Legion Of The Damned is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
William C. Dietz Legion of the Damned is a science fiction novel by William C. Dietz, first published by Ace Books in 1993. This is the first book in the nine book Legion of the Damned series by William C. ...more

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Mission of Honor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber Mission of Honor by David Weber and published on June 22, 2010 by Baen Books, is the twelfth novel set in the Honorverse in the main Honor Harrington series. It debuted at #13 on the New York ...more

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Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Harutoshi Fukui Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is a novel by popular Japanese author Harutoshi Fukui. The novel takes place in Gundam's Universal Century timeline. Character and mechanical designs are provided by ...more

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More Than Honor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber, S. M. Stirling, David Drake More Than Honor, published in 1998, was the first anthology of stories set in the Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, provide deeper more complete backstory ...more

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On Basilisk Station is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber The first novel in David Weber's popular Honor Harrington series, On Basilisk Station, follows Commander Honor Harrington and Her Majesty’s light cruiser Fearless during their assignment to the ...more

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Once a Hero is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Once a Hero is a science fiction novel by Elizabeth Moon. It is the first of the three books of the Esmay Suiza trilogy in Moon's fictional Familias Regnant universe, following the three of the ...more

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Semper Mars is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
William H. Keith, Jr. Semper Mars: Book One of the Heritage Trilogy is a military science fiction novel by Ian Douglas. It is the first novel in the Heritage Trilogy.

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Sister Time is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Julie Cochrane, John Ringo Sister Time is a novel by John Ringo and Julie Cochrane, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series, specifically a spin-off that features Michael O'Neal's daughters Cally and Michelle. ...more

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Sporting Chance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Sporting Chance is a science fiction novel, written by Elizabeth Moon. Published in 1994, it is the second novel in the Familias Regnant fictional universe, and the second in the Heris Serrano ...more

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The Armageddon Inheritance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber The Armageddon Inheritance is a science fiction novel written by David Weber in two books containing a total of 27 chapters. It is the second book in his Dahak trilogy. Thematically, it forms a ...more

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The Final Battle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
William C. Dietz The Final Battle is a science fiction novel by William C. Dietz, first published by Ace Books in 1995. This is the second book in the 9 book legion series by Dietz. The Confederacy is threatened ...more

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The Hero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Michael Z. Williamson, John Ringo The Hero is a novel by John Ringo and Michael Z. Williamson, and is part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series. It is set in the future after the defeat of the Posleen, and features a Darhel ...more

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The Honor of the Queen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber The Honor of the Queen is David Weber's second Honor Harrington novel. In the story, Honor goes on a mission to bring the religiously conservative, sexist world Grayson onto the Manticorans' ...more

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The Last Centurion is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo The Last Centurion is a 2008 stand-alone novel by John Ringo. It is written in "blog style" from the point of view of a US Army officer known as "Bandit Six". The novel is ...more

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The Last of the Immortals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Andrey Livadny The Last of the Immortals is a military science fiction novel written by the Russian science fiction writer Andrey Livadny as part of his The History of the Galaxy series. The novel is also ...more

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The Lost Fleet: Victorious is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John G. Hemry The Lost Fleet: Victorious is a military science fiction novel by Jack Campbell, pseudonym for John G. Hemry, released on April 27, 2010. Victorious is the sixth and final volume in Hemry's The ...more

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The Service of the Sword is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Eric Flint, David Weber, Jane Lindskold The Service of the Sword, published in 2003, was the fourth anthology of stories set in the Honor Harrington universe or Honorverse. The stories in the anthologies serve to introduce characters, ...more

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The Shadow of Saganami is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber The Shadow of Saganami is a science fiction novel by American writer David Weber, published in 2004. Set in the Honorverse, it has been billed as the first in the Saganami Island series, spun ...more

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The Short Victorious War is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber The Short Victorious War is the third Honor Harrington novel by David Weber. Its title comes from a quotation by Vyacheslav von Plehve in reference to the Russo-Japanese War: "What this ...more

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The Tuloriad is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Tom Kratman, John Ringo The Tuloriad is a novel by John Ringo and Tom Kratman, as part of the Legacy of the Aldenata series. It is set after the defeat of the Posleen on Earth, and follows the struggle of that race to ...more

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War of Honor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
David Weber War of Honor is a science fiction novel by David Weber, his tenth Honor Harrington novel. It was first published in 2002.

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Watch on the Rhine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Tom Kratman, John Ringo Watch on the Rhine is a military science fiction novel by John Ringo and Tom Kratman, the seventh entry in Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. The novel focuses on the invasion of Europe by ...more

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When Heaven Fell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
William Barton When Heaven Fell is a 1995 military science fiction novel by William Barton. Human mercenary Athol Morrison returns to Earth after serving in the legions of the Master Race. It’s been 20 years, ...more

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When the Devil Dances is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
John Ringo When the Devil Dances is the third book in John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata series. It follows the exploits of Michael O'Neal and other members of humanity as they defend Earth against an ...more

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Winning Colors is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Military Science Fiction Books and Novels
Elizabeth Moon Winning Colors is the third novel in the space opera, military science fiction Familias Regnant fictional universe written by Elizabeth Moon; it continues the plot centered on the adventures of ...more