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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.

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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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  • Schlock Mercenary; while the main cast is a complement of Mercenaries, they tend to become more organized as the stories progress and move away from the Gag-A-Day format. Also, various governmental militaries have been featured, either as background/secondary characters, or as the people hiring the main characters.
  • Star Fighter is an erotic romance between soldiers on a Space Navy, who are engaged in a war against the Insectoid Aliens the Colterons. In addition to the romance plot, the story also deals with the tide of war and political machinations within the miliatary hierarchy.
  • XRS A military sci fi webcomic about a deadly new super-weapon.

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