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Buettner, Robert

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1947-    ) US palaeontologist, lawyer, Vietnam veteran and author, whose Military SF Orphanage sequence – beginning with Orphanage (2004) and ending with Orphan's Triumph (2009) – has frequently been likened to Robert A Heinlein's Starship Troopers (October-November 1959 F&SF as "Starship Soldier"; 1959), though the author himself claims that his tale of Alien invasion is also coloured by Joe Haldeman's The Forever War (June 1972-January 1975 Analog; fixup 1974). A further influence may be detected – that of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game (August 1977 Analog; exp 1985) – as the young protagonist of the sequence, constantly in trouble at his military academy, responds with uncanny intuitive understanding of the moves of the invading Slugs. By the second volume, he is in command of all of Earth's remaining forces; under his command, their resilience is unslacking. Ultimate victory is theirs. [JC]

Robert Buettner

born New York: 7 July 1947




Orphan's Legacy

  • Overkill (New York: Baen Books, 2011) [Orphan's Legacy: pb/Justin Adams]
  • Undercurrents (New York: Baen Books, 2011) [Orphan's Legacy: pb/Kurt Miller]
  • Balance Point (New York: Baen Books, 2011) [Orphan's Legacy: pb/Daniel dos Santos]

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