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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Armor is fun and dark and has a lot of holes in it. Young boy with nothing to do observes an anthill. Like I mentioned, these two tales steakpey to be unrelated, but there is one thing that connects them: But, its a moot point, and a dead end discussion. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It was OK but I’d hardly call it a classic. Like the Hyperion cantos this is book is more than science fiction, it is real literature that is a pleasure to read. There is a lot of momentum generated in these first chapters of the book.

Jason Anspach, Nick Cole Narrated by: Jack Crow is a mildly interesting character.

Steakleu the end, the “Antwar” was boring. One colleague even went so far as to say it was better than ‘Starship Troopers’. All of these feature men in armor doing battle in the future. I think a close adaptation of Armor with the budget of Game of Thrones would be about the only way to do this saga justice. And Steakley neve If Armor comprised pages and in my edition, i.


Felix is sent to Banshee as part of multiple combat operations on the surface. Starship Terra BansheeSanction armoe, Regrettably, the entire book doesn’t hold up to the quality of those scenes. Will Wight Narrated by: Maybe I’ll buy and pass some copies of the book onto some people who may like it this Christmas. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Poor descriptions such as this are peppered throughout the novel. To leave a comment Login with Facebook or create a free sgeakley. This he eventually does, but feels an instant terror at being on Banshee — where he has endured the horrors of multiple drops — without his suit. Then he found Felix’s armor.

The contrast between Kent and Felix was well done; one the public face of the war against the Ants and the other the one doing the actual dirty work. The novel ends with Jack, Holly, and Lya starting new lives on Sanction outside steakly fleet influence.

In the ensuing chaos on board the ship, Kent grabs Felix and helps him escape from the fleet before ultimately being killed himself by the ship’s trigger-happy security. Humanity has a chance.


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

The consensus zteakley is that any unfinished works he has will not be published – they were not yet up to his exacting standards, and there is not sufficient demand for a Douglas Adams-style ‘unfinished works’ compendium. He spent time on the set of Vampires but reportedly butted heads with Carpenter, who was battling with the studio over budget cuts. On a distant world named Sanction a rogue name Jack Crow infiltrates a fleet facility to get an ally of his access to the base’s powercore.

And of what a man of character and will is capable of doing with that monster – That “Engine”. The Engine and the suit become synonymous at times.

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

In any case this book tells the story of Felix who leaves through nightmarish experiences in a war on a distant planet. Now I know why. If Armor comprised pages and in my edition, i.

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