Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Served in the Military, and How it Changed Their WorkCharlie Jane Anders1/30/13 4:15pmFiled to: Open channelmilitary science fictionBooksWritingAuthorsTopFbtweetKurt VonnegutElizabeth moonRobert A. Heinleindavid drakeJohn RingoElizabeth ann scarboroughJoe HaldemanCyril m. kornbluthCordwainer smithRoald DahlJerry PournelleArthur C. ClarkeJ.R.R. TolkienFrederik Pohl1773EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkSo much of science fiction's core topics intersect with war, one way or the other. Rapid social change and technological innovation both get supercharged during wartime, and some of our greatest explorers are also warriors. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most well-known authors served in the military at some point — especially during the era when we had a compulsory draft.ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.