A couple of quick recommendations for readers of science fiction and comic books on a cold February’s day…
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, his first book, is a military-themed Heinlein-ian story with heart and humor. The basic premise: when earth-dwellers reach the age of 75, they have the option go sever all ties with their home and enlist in the Colonial Defense Forces to help protect and advance humanity’s outposts in interstellar space. Not much is known about what happens when you enlist on Earth, but most agree it involves a significant physical modifications. You also get the opportunity to settle in one of the colonies once your enlistment is up.
John Perry, a widower from Ohio, signs up, and we follow him on his journey. Scalzi does a fine job of narrating from the perspective of a man whose lived a full life, confronted by some pretty fantastic dangers and situations.
This is the third book I’ve read in recent years by Scalzi. The last one, Redshirts, comes with our highest recommendations, and I’m looking forward to picking up his most recent offering, The Human Division, soon.