John Steakley’s ARMOR (, Daw) is regarded, in many ways, as a companion to Heinlein’s STARSHIP TROOPERS. In interviews given at. John Steakley only published two relatively obscure novels in his life. The first, published in , was Armor, and while taking clear inspiration. The military sci-fi classic of courage on a dangerous alien planet The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water is poisonous. It is.

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Through either the complacency or gross incompetence of his superiors, Felix has suffered unbelievably, yet continues to soldier on. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll suspect what’s coming, but that only makes it more powerful when it does happen.

But Felix is also equipped with internal mechanisms steakleyy enable him, and his fellow soldiers, to survive battle situations that would destroy a man’s mind.

Stay updated via RSS. Armor is the story of humanity’s war against an alien race whose foot soldiers are three-meter-tall insects, referred to in the book as “ants”.

His unofficial fan site released a teaser excerptbut there’s been no further information since his death this past November.

At the start, Felix is a “greener”, a new recruit about to do his first drop into battle as a scout. I found johj choice strange.


There, he meets another highly skilled scout named Forest, who participated in the fleet-wide Armored Olympics against decorated soldier Nathan Kent. Wow, thanks so much for the feedback! If the secondary character of Crow fell off the earth and was eaten by Gr Love.

Retro review: ARMOR by John Steakley

Several warriors are killed in the disaster, including Forest. The soldiers successfully create an impregnable fort on Banshee. Iohn it Forward Read it first.

Against all odds, Felix has survived 20 drops. I loved the atmor Crow and the others pieced together Felix’s fate as the colony slowly collapsed.

Yes, it happens, but wait for it. At one point, a doctor checks on a person who fainted, and their diagnosis? He is indestructible but frail. Alpern is the missing link here.

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These immersions change Jack – as it does the others – so that he chooses to make an almost certain suicidal stand with Holly against Borglyn’s attack on the facility. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It almost takes on a life of its own, becoming something malignant syeakley dehumanising. Also intrigued, Hollis manages to hook into it so that they can relive Steakleey experiences in the Antwar.

They begin the process of reviewing the armor’s files by basically reliving the One of my all-time favorite sci-fi’s from an author who has not done anything nearly as well since.


That might be a steaklry lead as well. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I wonder if he did time in Vietnam. The machine, the monster, that lies within every man, and how he can choose stexkley champion it, or let it destroy him. When you come face-to-face with true excellence, do you meet it with admiration, envy, jealousy, or resentment?

ARMOR is most definitely a classic, and a book you can return to again and again. I asked him about a sequel or prequel and told him I had some ideas of my own I would share with him. He does, however, don his armor one more time and saves Crow’s life in the process.

Forgotten Authors: Why John Steakley’s ‘Armor’ and ‘Vampire$’ are Worth Remembering

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It’s like ‘Full Metal Jacket’ that is really two movies connected by Pvt. Also by John Steakley. To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free account. After spending time with Nathan Kent, he tells him about Forest’s death and her true feelings for him.