It is that time again! With November’s book club in full swing, reading Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Empire in Black and Gold together—and you’re welcome to join us!—we have again voted for next month’s book. In December, we will read and discuss Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. It’s our first science fiction book for the club, and we’re very excited, so if you have read or wish to read Old Man’s War, come join us in December.
In preparation for December, we are giving away three copies of Old Man’s War. The giveaway ends on Sunday, November 20 at 23:59 EST and is open worldwide. To join the giveaway, all you have to do is fill out the form below and, if you win, join our book club in December—of course, even if you don’t win, we’d still love to have you in the book club.
Old Man’s War is the first volume in Scalzi’s series of the same name. Filming rights for the book have recently been sold to Paramount Pictures. The series contains four books, all published by Tor Books. Here’s the blurb of Old Man’s War:
John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.
The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce–and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force. Everybody knows that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve two years at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine–and what he will become is far stranger.
Feel free to sign up to our forums and join this month or future months of our book club.
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