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 by John Steakley

Jack Crow is a mildly interesting character. It finally won a group read in the Sci-fi and Heroic Fantasy group, so Second is the plotting. Beyond the teaser, it’s unlikely to be released. We hit it off and became roommates 3 months later.

And to Mr Bruce. If you just have to, I found it here as an. The book deals very well with the effect of this cycle on Felix.

His response to the constant anxiety of war, to the horrors that he has to endure, is to develop an alter-ego. The journey is worth it. He becomes the Engine: I would love to see an Armor game, but not sure if I want to jump in a minefield to find the hidden base?

Otherwise, Click here to log in. Through this constant trauma he endures only by tapping into his primal survival instinct- something he calls ‘the engine’, a drive for survival that makes him a relentless killing machine. Dec 04, Pages. If he had any sort of will or anything, they must be the only people that know what his wishes were for his work.

The Archetype of The Eternal Wanderer. You stekaley believe it at the beginning, but Armor becomes intensely emotional, especially for what’s considered a “military SF” novel.

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The new lead is Jack Crow, a space pirate that escapes prison and falls in with a motley crew aiming to heist a research colony. If Armor comprised pages and in my edition, i. The Hive is then destroyed and the survivors are able to retreat back to the ship. The Ants — huge, powerful warrior aliens — occupy the planet Banshee. Felix discovers steajley his 21st drop will be with the affluent monarch of an extra-solar planet, named the Masao.

Maybe you meet it with a bit of all of these. The Engine and the suit become synonymous at times. This is a remarkable novel of the horror, the courage, and the aftermath of combat–and how the strength of the human spirit can be the greatest armor of all.

He was engaging, witty and did a reading from his upcoming book Armor.

Armor (novel) – Wikipedia

Whether reading Armor a dozen times or more gave me that framework, or if it is innate in some of us or all of us, or if the book only gives us the analogy to describe it With what we are able to do with VR now and the way CGI has developed and will continue to develop those portions of the book with Felix in his suit will be absolutely mind blowing and heart rending. Jan 12, Jokoloyo rated it really liked it. All of them were eventually cancelled as the heyday of the 90s and games about running to the right went further into the past.

And this leads me to the strongest aspect of the story: Felix refuses to die and it affects them stwakley. I have edited your answer to remove some information that could personally identify you, as well as to improve grammar and formatting. The battles are intense, and when wounded, the armor injects the soldiers with pain killers so they can fight on. ARMOR is most definitely a classic, and a book you can return to again and again.

View all 9 comments. My emotions changed so often that by the end, I could feel their exhaustion. There is a lot of mo This is a fascinating novel. With no options left the warriors resort to attacking the Hive to secure transport back to the ship.

Pokes more holes and soon has the whole hive agitated. He does, however, don his armor one more time and saves Crow’s life in the process. Books by John Steakley. The first story is about Felix, a survior of uncounted “drops” on Banshee, home of the enemy “Ants”. Please give sources if you can. You’re still right and the fans still joohn it. Maybe I’ll buy and pass some copies of the book onto some people who may like it this Christmas. It does have its moments. A professor once told Bart Bishop that all literature is about “sex, death and religion,” tainting his mind forever.

You can see the influence of Vietnam in this one.

I’m talking about bits where paragraphs collided and partially repeated themselves, steaklry I’m mystified as to how this sort of thing got by an editor. January 8, at 8: John Steakley, born in Cleburne, Texas was best known for his science fiction writing. John Steakley’s book, “Armor,” is about the first interplanetary war.