Here are some sci-fi book picks from a military woman, and that woman happens to be me. That’s not to say these books feature female characters or something. It just means that whatever flavor of military woman I am has influenced this list.

I’m limiting candidates based on date of publication in 2021 (I’ll go as far back as one year ago)*, and the content or premise must be speculative in nature. This includes typical features of science fiction such as: time travel, aliens, speculative technology, outer space, or a timeline speculating the future.

*One exception is Dune since it has a movie coming out.

2034: A Novel of the Next World War

Publication Date: March 9, 2021

Publisher: Penguin Press

Why it’s on my list? 2034 is set in the future based on the premise of what war with China would actually look like. You can read my full review here.

The Effort

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Why it’s on my list? A friend of mine had just recommended that I read Station Eleven, which is also by Claire Holroyd. Plus I liked that NASA features in the plot of the book.

Project Hail Mary

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Ballantine Books 

Why it’s on my list? Author Andy weir wrote The Martian, so I expect his latest release will feature space, heavy technical detail, and entertainment.

Axiom’s End

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Why it’s on my list? while browsing at Barnes and Nobles I noticed a note by one of the employees under the shelf where Axiom’s End sat calling it a “fun and adventurous” read. So far, so good.


Publication Date: August 26, 2003

Publisher: Ace

Why it’s on my list? Dune is a science fiction classic. The 2003 publication date is the date for the 25th-anniversary edition. Dune is set to become a major motion picture that releases in October. Check out the trailer, here.

The Minders

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

Publisher: Berkley

Why it’s on my list? The plot features a government secrets and computers.

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

Publication Date: Del Rey

Publisher: June 16, 2020

Why it’s on my list? This book is written by Max Brooks, who wrote World War Z.

Truth of the Devine

Publication Date: October 12, 2021

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Why it’s on my list? This is the sequel to Axiom’s End.

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

Publication Date: July 7, 2020

Publisher: Dutton

Why it’s on my list? This story focuses closely on how we live online.

Check back in as I read and review each book and share my favorites with you.

Categories: Book Picks


Hi there. I'm a writer and reserve military officer with a day job. I write fiction, professional essays on military topics, and wax philosophical about books and movies. I live in Florida with my husband, two kids, and two cats.


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