By John Scalzi
John Perry did issues on his seventy fifth birthday. First he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army.
The excellent news is that humanity ultimately made it into interstellar area. The undesirable information is that planets healthy to survive are scarce--and alien races prepared to struggle us for them are universal. So: we struggle. To protect Earth, and to stake our personal declare to planetary genuine property. faraway from Earth, the battle has been happening for many years: brutal, bloody, unyielding.
Earth itself is a backwater. the majority of humanity's assets are within the palms of the Colonial armed forces. everyone is familiar with that once you achieve retirement age, you could sign up for the CDF. They don't wish children; they need those that hold the data and talents of many years of dwelling. You'll be taken off Earth and not allowed to come. You'll serve years on the entrance. And when you continue to exist, you'll accept a beneficiant domicile stake of your personal, on considered one of our hard-won colony planets.
John Perry is taking that deal. He has basically the vaguest notion what to anticipate. as the real struggle, light-years from domestic, is way, a ways more durable than he can imagine--and what he'll turn into is much stranger.
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