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Military Science-Fiction

Military Science Fiction is a subgenre of both Science Fiction and Military Fiction, commonly sliding into the Space Opera territory. At its most basic, Military Science Fiction is Science Fiction that focuses on the military, but the genre has more specific nuances than that.

The Protagonist in this genre is normally part of the chain of command (or becomes part of it in progress), while an ensemble cast is The Squad. The story is usually set against the backdrop of a large-scale (space) war but war is optional. The Science Fiction part mostly manifests in futuristic weaponry and vehicles (first of all, Cool Starships), while the organization structure is mostly based upon contemporary US or Commonwealth military. It should come as no surprise that a high percentage of MSF writers are military veterans.

Often, the writers would cheat a little by having a Mildly Military organization instead of realistic military for the sake of good story. One particular subgenre of MSF in Video Games is A Space Marine Is You. Another that's especially particular (but by no means exclusive) to anime is the Real Robot Genre.

Tropes commonly used in MSF (in addition to most Military and Warfare Tropes):

Works with notable Military Science Fiction elements include:

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Special mention must be made of Baen Books, which publishes Weber, Drake, Ringo, Pournelle, and Bujold, among others. Baen is probably the foremost Military Science Fiction publisher in literature. Many of Baen's authors, including Drake, Ringo, Michael Z. Williamson, and more, are former or current military.

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Military and Warfare LiteratureLiterature GenresMisery Lit
Wartime CartoonMilitary and Warfare SuperindexWorks Set In World War II
Science FictionGenresSuperhero
Loyalty TropesPolitics TropesBacked by the Pentagon
Military Mashup MachineSpeculative Fiction TropesMind Hive
Starship Troopers: InvasionImageSource/Animated FilmsThe Thief and the Cobbler

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