YMMV: Old Man's War

  • Author's Saving Throw: In the afterward for Zoe's Tale, Scalzi admits that a major motivation to telling a parallel story was to make Zoe returning with exactly what the Roanokers needed feel like less of a Deus ex Machina. It also let him give some closure to the werewolves.
    • Old Man's War, as an homage to Starship Troopers, was naturally committed to a Crapsack World view of the universe in which humanity's only options were extinction or perpetual warfare against any race capable of occupying Earth-like worlds. (Though even in that book, the Straw Liberal 'has a point' and the Consu clearly aren't following the CDF's script.) The Last Colony inverts this bleak worldview entirely, suggesting that many alien races can come to long-term peaceable agreements about territory - which leaves the CDF an example of Humans Are the Real Monsters.