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Today’s SF/F Kindle Daily Deal: “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi for $2.99

Today’s SF/F Kindle Deal is Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, which you can pick up for $2.99:

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 aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone 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, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What’s known to everybody is 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 your time 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.

Remember, Kindle books can be read on by downloading the Kindle software for computers and smartphones, or directly on a Kindle device.

[UPDATE] Also: this deal is available for this same price today for the Nook and from Apple.

Cover & Synopsis: “The Back Channel” by John Scalzi (A Digital Chapter of his Latest “Old Man’s War” Novel, “The Human Division”)

Tor will be trying something new with John Scalzi’s latest novel in the Old Man’s War series, The Human Division. Before the novel sees its hardcover release date in May 2013, Tor will be publishing a series of digital e-book episodes that comprise the book. Each episode will be a complete story and, taken together, there will be a longer story arc.  You can see the cover for Chapter 6 (“The Back Channel”) right here. This episode will be on-sale on Feb 19, 2013.

Here’s the description of The Human Division as a whole:
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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Echo City’ vs. ‘Halo: Cryptum’ vs. ‘Zoe’s Tale’

Grab your Spartan Armor, folk! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

REVIEW: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

REVIEW SUMMARY: Scalzi takes you on a speculative ride that is fast and rewarding.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The far future: Man has colonized the stars. And they’re hostile. Our solution: Fight back and fight first. Our recruits: Grandma and Grandpa. But not how you knew them. New and improved, like you’ve never seen or imagined.

MY REVIEW:

PROS: Dialogue, humor, imaginative and well-used technology.

CONS: Lack of detail and jumps in time

BOTTOM LINE: Scalzi’s imagination and military prowess are superb, while working in a touching story that leaves you satisfied. And don’t worry…there is no Viagra.

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