Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century
ISBN: 0345439899

Intro by Harry Turtledove, on the Scifi genre.

Among Thieves – Poul Anderson. Frontier civilisations defending the main one from barbarian hordes (P15). With a twist; subterfuge and tactical delays and sacrifices.

Philip K. Dick – “Second Variety”. Post-nuclear war between then Soviets and NATO (written before the fall of USSR). Self-replicating killer machines. Conclusion: the cycle of violence and dominance continues, even among the machines.

Joe Haldeman – “Hero” (a prelude to The Forever War).

Arthur C. Clarke – “Superiority”.

Orson Scott Card – “Ender’s Game”.

David Drake – “Hangman” (note: a Hammer’s Slammers story).

Harry Turtledove – “The Last Article”. An alternate-history piece, where the Germans won WWII and took control of India from the British. Gandhi carries out his acts of civil disobedience but the Germans do not have the scruples of the British. When Indian workers refuse to go to work, German soldiers dragged every 20th person from their home and shot them in the street (like the tactic employed by the Roman army, to punish their soldiers).

Cordwainer Smith – “The Game of Rat and Dragon”. Plot-spoiler: Humans paired up with felines, hooked up to computer interfaces, fighting an enemy in space.

George R. R. Martin – “Night of the Vampyres”. Techno-military story set in the future, where the US president appears to be executing a secret plan to consolidate power (reminded me of how the Japan faked an attack on their own troops, to justify an invasion and takeover of Manchuria in WWII).

Gregory Benford – “To The Storming Gulf”. A post-nuclear story narrated through the eyes of a few civilians, and an AI.

Walter Jon Williams – “Wolf Time”. I like the idea behind the Hi-tech suit.

C. J. Cherryh – “The Scapegoat”. Outstanding story that shows just how different alien thinking can be, in contrast with humans. Humans fighting an alien race they refer to as Elves. The elves can merely will themselves to die rather than risk capture. One of them surrenders to the human soldier (the protagonist). PLOT-SPOILER: To end the war the alien proposes that both of them sacrifice themselves (hence the title).

Anne McCaffrey – “Dragonrider”.

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