In this special megabundle you will find five novels about denizens of our time, and those of the future, who dream of traveling the spacelanes—and of the warriors who defend them. The success of Star Trek, Star Wars, Babylon 5, Farscape, and Battlestar Galactica proves that people who watch science fiction have a soft spot in their hearts for starship soldiers. The same is true of its readers—just look at Heinlein’s perennial bestseller Starship Troopers, the gigantically successful Miles Vorkosigan saga, and the fact that Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice won all five top awards in the science fiction field. Perhaps the popularity of this genre of science fiction also suggests a deep-rooted fear that there will never be peace in our time—or any time! Who then will fight for us, and how? If there is to be peace, how will it come about or persist?
And yet we still dream of the stars of future frontiers where every human can seek their own destiny and find planets where humans can set down roots without the need to oppress other sentient beings. We even dream of explorers who will dream of the stars in the future and hunger, as so many do today, to leave Earth behind and experience the far wonders of the universe. This book, and the stories in it, are for all science fiction lovers—dreamers who dream of future dreamers.