This article, I think, forgot to mention Rod Serling, whose experiences in war as a paratrooper in combat profoundly affected his writings and stories, many portrayed in the Twilight Zone episodes
I’m glad they cite Gene Wolfe. It would be interesting to know if the authors of sci/fantasy that served fall on more of the conservative side of things or more liberal, or an even distribution.
Jack Vance served in the merchant marine in the pacific, I think Theodore Sturgeon was as well.
Yeah they didn’t mention Issac Anstirov also Rod Serling and Gene Roddenberry I THINK he serve too
Another more contemporary writer is former naval officer John Hemry..aka Jack Campbell. His Lost Fleet series is one of the most (IMHO) scientifically realistic description of space battle and for that matter just a plain old fashion great read.
If you've never read Starship Troopers, do so. It bears no resemblance whatsoever to the film of the same name.
Apparently the Navy made L. Ron Hubbard want to become a megalomaniac cult leader?
Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague de Camp, and Isaac Asimov, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 1944. All three worked at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during the War. De Camp is the only one in Uniform. De Camp had an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and an MS from Stevens. He served as a Lt. Cmdr during the War, although he is a Lt. SG in this picture.
Glad to see J.R.R. Tolkien topped the list!
ping - and thanks
Good to see David Drake and John Ringo listed. They write some of the best military SF out there. The Posleen War series is excellent. Just about anything by Drake is worth reading.
I have always been fond of A. Bertram Chandler’s John Grimes stories - I believe he was Aussie Navy.
Thanks! I’ve read all these authors but I didn’t know about Tolkien’s experience. Hammer’s Slammers, great stuff.