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John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. “Kent put me on the ship and sent me off, still in his armor the whole time. When they tried to find out what was going on, he blocked them.

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During a celebration for their victory, ants attack from underground and kill dozens of people, before ultimately being crushed again. A man named Felix wears this suit of powered armor to stekley in a war against intelligent insects known as “ants”. Armor is, in my opinion, the superior novel of Steakley’s duo. However, he later saves Jack and Holly during Borglyn’s attack. This is one of the great tragedies.

More By This Author. Dec 29, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: You Might Also Like Others see it as a schizophrenic mess that could have more than half it’s pages removed and, only then, be laudable as a very mediocre novella.

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Armor is an engaging, If at times gruelling, story of what war can do to a soldier, of how to survive a person can be forced to strip away almost everything that makes them a person as we know them, instead becoming a creature of war- a relentless, unthinking killing machine comprised purely of instinct and quick reactions.


For all his victories, Felix’ reality remains the same: Ships from and sold by Amazon.

Also by John Steakley. And, yeah, the armor was pretty wild. He’s quiet and resentful, lamenting the futility of war, especially on an intergalactic scale. The steakkley of main protagonist is pretty deep, and with I don’t remember how long GR had been recommended this book to me based on my reading list.

For months I kept an eye open for it until finally it had been re-issued as a classic. Bleak imagery and nightmare mark the killing ground of massive, ugly bugs that outnumber the warriors a thousand to one, and nearly everyone dies. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract steakleg followers and customers.

Suffering, being injured, but never being destroyed, and continually throwing himself and being thrown back into the fray. On the other hand, we could argue that it signifies character development.

You won’t believe it at the beginning, but Armor becomes intensely emotional, especially for what’s considered a “military SF” novel.

Even before Steakley passed away in from liver cancer he had faded from public view, with only a few projects like Armor II in the pipe.

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Alpern, thank you for running the website back in the day. This is probably because it was my first experience with well written sci-fi. Login or register to post comments. Steakley also wrote four… More about John Steakley.


Not in an effort to steal, but as a compliment – Borrowing a scenario he loved and using it to explore a different idea. They weren’t trying to kill both Kent and Felix.

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In Starship Troopers the enemy are giant arachnids here they are giant ants. If the secondary character of Crow fell off the earth and was eaten by Gr Love. He decides to use this as a gift to help ingratiate himself with the people in charge on the colony. He spent time on the set stwakley Vampires but reportedly butted heads with Carpenter, who was battling with the studio over budget cuts.

Only the connection between these two stories is even more tenuous. Armor is really two stories. View all 7 comments. Felix’s story is told in the third person while Crow’s is told in the first. Kent is killed after saving Felix.