Things have gotten a little fantasy-centric lately, so I figured it’s time for some more sf.
I don’t want to sound like a Scalzi obsessive, but I think he’s one of the best living authors of sf.
He’s also a super awesome hew-mon.
Anyways, Old man’s war.
Brief plot summary
Earth has begun to colonize outer space, but colonization is highly restricted: only those from third-world nations or who have completed military service are allowed to emigrate. The catch? The military only accepts people who are 75 years old as recruits. The Colonial Defense Force also highly restricts knowledge about the universe at large and a strict ban on advanced technology means that life on Earth has not significantly changed from the late 20th/early 21st century.
John Perry, retired ad writer, decides to enlist and ends up discovering that the universe is weirder and more dangerous than he ever expected.