Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
-Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future
And that is the story of the boy who cried Dragon! Of course, when dragons sit around the campfire at night or tuck their children into bed, they tell the story of the dragon who cried Boy!
-Mike Resnick, Young Warriors: Stories of Strength
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-Ursula K. Le Guin
A city's only ever three hot meals away from anarchy.
-Alastair Reynolds, Terminal World
Never fire a laser at a mirror.
-Larry Niven
The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.
-Larry Niven, Ringworld
When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.
-David Brin
We're all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we're seldom formally introduced.
-Robert Charles Wilson, Spin
Politics is ugly. Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
-Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
Once, poets were magicians. Poets were… stronger than warriors or kings, stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again.
-Greg Bear
This is how humans are: We question all our beliefs, except for the ones that we really believe in, and those we never think to question.
-Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead
Ignorance killed the cat; curiosity was framed!
-C.J. Cherryh
We seem to be young, in a very old Galaxy. We're like kids tiptoeing through a ruined mansion.
-Stephen Baxter, Ark
Even galaxy-spanning anarchist utopias of stupefying full-spectrum civilizational power have turf wars within their unacknowledged militaries.
-Iain M. Banks, Matter
Science fiction is often very far from escapism; in fact you might say that science fiction is escape into reality.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Man is not a rational animal; he is a rationalizing animal.
-Robert A. Heinlein, Assignment in Eternity
'Normal' is a dryer setting.
-Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they'd never expect it.
-Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts
Fantasy is the impossible made probable. Science fiction is the improbable made possible.
-Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone
Anything you dream is fiction, and anything you accomplish is science. The whole history of mankind is nothing but science fiction.
-Ray Bradbury


The books below define the category. Military or Individual violent conflict is the principal theme, science is less important.

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    Center of Gravity
    Ian Douglas

    In the evolution of every sentient race, there is a turning point when the species achieves...

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    The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier
    Jack Campbell

    The New York Times bestselling series that delivers "edge-of- your-seat combat" (Elizabeth...

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    Equations of Life
    Simon Morden

    Samuil Petrovitch is a survivor. He survived the nuclear fallout in St. Petersburg and hid in...


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    Hidden Empire
    Kevin J. Anderson

    Having colonized other worlds, humans are certain the galaxy is theirs for the taking. But...

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    Old Man's War
    John Scalzi

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he...

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    Dread Empire's Fall: The Praxis
    Walter Jon Williams

    All will must bend to the perfect truth of The Praxis. For millennia, the Shaa have subjugate...


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    Sister Alice
    Robert Reed

    Millions of years from now, humanity will be on the brink of self-destruction. The world's...

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    Dan Simmons

    The Trojan War rages at the foot of Olympos Mons on Mars -- observed and influenced from on...

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    Spin Control
    Chris Moriarty

    Call Arkady a clone with a conscience. Or call him a traitor. A member of the space-faring...

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    For Those Who Fell
    William C. Dietz

    To ensure the survival of The Confederacy, the Legion of the Damned must establish a new...

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    Stephen Baxter

    Now, in Exultant, Baxter takes us to a distant future of dazzling promise and deadly threat,...

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    The Lost Fleet: Dauntless
    Jack Campbell

    The Alliance has been fighting the Syndic for a century-and losing badly. Now its fleet is...

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    The Ashes of Worlds
    Kevin J. Anderson

    The culminating volume in Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of Seven Suns weaves together the myriad...

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    No Phule Like an Old Phule
    Robert Asprin and Peter J. Heck

    Phule gets on the wrong side of celebrity canine Barky the Environmental Dog by hosting a...

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    Prador Moon
    Neal Asher

    Neal Asher takes on first contact, Polity style. This original novel recounts the first...

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    Earth Rise
    William C. Dietz

    In DeathDay the aliens took over our planet. Now the invasion continues...


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    The Fall of Hyperion
    Dan Simmons

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a...

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    The Forever War
    Joe Haldeman

    The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the...

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    A Deepness in the Sky
    Vernor Vinge

    After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien...

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    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

    They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly...

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    John Varley

    When an exploratory spaceship captained by Cirocco "Rocky" Jones discovers what appears to be...

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    Michael P. Kube-Mcdowell

    The devastating Food and Fuel Wars have turned once-powerful nations into isolated farming...

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    Conquerors' Pride
    Timothy Zahn

    A long era of peace and prosperity in the interstellar Commonwealth has suddenly come to an...

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    James Alan Gardner

    Under the benevolent leadership of the League of Peoples, there is no war, little crime, and...

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    Voices of Hope
    David Feintuch

    A guilt-ridden politician, an earnest young boy, a sick old man eking out a living in the...