"War has been speculated about in science fiction literature from the earliest days of the genre. From George Tomkyns Chesney's The Battle of Dorking and H.G. Well's War of the Worlds to Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers to Karin Traviss's Wess'har Wars series, science fiction literature has long had something to say about war. Now, it's time to tell some new stories...."
The above is the introduction to Jaym Gates' and Andrew Liptak's Kickstarter for War Stories: Modern Military Science Fiction, a new anthology that will feature stories from Joe Haldeman, Maurice Broaddus, Ken Liu, Karin Lowachee and many more.
Mr. Liptak himself is one of the scholars of the genre (his long-running series on Kirkus about the origins of SF/F is a must-read), and he's been gracious enough to drop by and share a bit about "military SF". We've all heard of (grumble) Ender's Game and Starship Troopers, but there's got to be more to the genre... right?
Here's what he had to say:
I attended a military college, Norwich University, where I studied History. While I wasn't a cadet, the military influences crept into my life in unexpected ways, and looking back, it's inevitable that I went on to study Military History in graduate school. It's of even less surprise to me that, upon graduating and finding free time to read, I had some issues with how military SF presented itself, and I began to write and think more critically about the genre, something that I'd been reading since high school.
Recently, I've been thinking about some of the books that I've read that aren't as widely known as say, Starship Troopers, Ender's Game or The Forever War especially as I work on putting together an anthology of military stories, War Stories.