OVERRIDE

The Human Division

Old Man's War

John Scalzi

Tor Books

Following the events of The Last Colony, John Scalzi tells the story of the fight to maintain the unity of the human race.

The people of Earth now know that the human Colonial Union has kept them ignorant of the dangerous universe around them. For generations the CU had defended humanity against hostile aliens, deliberately keeping Earth an ignorant backwater and a source of military recruits. Now the CU’s secrets are known to all. Other alien races have come on the scene and formed a new alliance—an alliance against the Colonial Union. And they’ve invited the people of Earth to join them. For a shaken and betrayed Earth, the choice isn't obvious or easy.

Against such possibilities, managing the survival of the Colonial Union won’t be easy, either. It will take diplomatic finesse, political cunning…and a brilliant “B Team,” centered on the resourceful Lieutenant Harry Wilson, that can be deployed to deal with the unpredictable and unexpected things the universe throws at you when you’re struggling to preserve the unity of the human race.

Being published online from January to April 2013 as a three-month digital serial, The Human Division will appear as a full-length novel of the Old Man’s War universe, plus—for the first time in print—the first tale of Lieutenant Harry Wilson, and a coda that wasn’t part of the digital serialization.

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EPISODE ONE
 
The B-Team, Parts One and Two
 
 
PART ONE
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Ambassador Sara Bair knew that when the captain of the Polk had invited her to the bridge to view the skip to the Danavar system, protocol strongly suggested that she turn down the invitation. The captain would be busy, she would be in the way and in any event there was not that much to see. When the Polk skipped dozens of light-years across the local arm of the galaxy, the only way a human would register the fact would be that their view of the stars would change slightly. On the bridge, that view would
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Praise for The Human Division

“If anyone stands at the core of the American science fiction tradition at the moment, it is Scalzi.”
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Third Edition

“John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today.”
—Joe Hill, New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box

“All the heart and smarts I've come to expect from Scalzi.... Run, don't walk, and get another copy for your kids while you're at it.”
—Cory Doctorow on Zoe's Tale

“Heartstopping in its absolute rightness.”
RT Book Reviews, Top Pick! on The Last Colony

“Astonishingly proficient.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review on Old Man's War

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Scalzi

  • JOHN SCALZI is the author of several SF novels including his massively successful debut Old Man’s War and the New York Times bestsellers The Last Colony, Fuzzy Nation, and Redshirts. He is a winner of science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and he won the Hugo Award for Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded, a collection of essays from his popular blog The Whatever. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.

     

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