I first heard about Marko Kloos when his novel Lines of Departure was nominated for a Hugo award in 2015. For whatever reason, his book was included on a slate of titles put together by the right-leaning group of fans who called themselves the Sad Puppies. Their goal was to take over Worldcon, the organization whose members vote on the Hugo Awards and elect their hand-picked slate of recipients.
When Marko Kloos found out how he ended up as a finalist for Best Novel, he asked the Worldcon organizers to remove him and his novel from contention. He didn’t want anything to do with the so-called Sad Puppies or their agenda.
I didn’t know anything about Marko Kloos, but I immediately liked the cut of his jib. I immediately bought Terms of Enlistment, the first book in the Frontlines series and I was hooked. When I finished reading that, I moved on to Lines of Departure. Since then I’ve purchased every other book in the series as soon as it’s published.
Marko Kloos writes the best military science fiction I’ve ever read. Yes, I’ve read Robert A. Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi. Marko Kloos is the better writer of military science fiction. Don’t believe me? Read Terms of Enlistment and then the other books in the Frontlines series.
I’m currently reading or more accurately, thanks to my Audible membership, listening to Points of Impact. I’ve been taking my time with the book. I read on Marko’s blog that his next book will take place outside the Frontlines universe. That means it may be a while before I get to read the sequel to Points of Impact.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out what a cool guy Marko Kloos is. He was born and raised in Germany and even served in the West German military. He now lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two kids. He writes his books in English, not his native German. Just thinking about that makes me feel puny and insignificant. I speak only one language and at times do so quite poorly.
Tags: Hugo Awards, Joe Haldeman, John Scalzi, Marko Kloos, Robert A. Heinlein, Sad Puppies, Worldcon