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StarFist is a series of military science fiction novels set in the 25th century and written from the viewpoint of the men of the Confederation of Human Worlds Marine Corps 34th FIST (Fleet Initial Strike Team) and later in the spin-off series Starfist: Force Recon.
As of June 2010, the StarFist series comprises 14 novels written by David Sherman and Dan Cragg, with the recent addition of the novel, Double Jeopardy. An additional spinoff series by the same authors, entitled StarFist: Force Recon, was started in 2005 with the publication of Backshot.
Dan Cragg was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Army, serving for twenty-two years with eleven years in overseas stations, with five and half of them in Vietnam; at retirement Cragg was a Sergeant Major. He is also a writer of military non-fiction, including Inside the VC and NVA' and many others based around the Vietnam War. He lives in Virginia.
The Confederation of Human Worlds in the 25th century has established its capital city at Fargo, North Dakota which has grown into a large metropolis with many skyscrapers and government buildings. The military headquarters of the Confederation in Fargo, North Dakota is called the Heptagon. There is a space navy, an army with air force capability (transported aboard space navy spaceships to whatever planet they are ordered to), and a Marine Corps. Humans have colonized numerous worlds out to several hundred light years but are starting to come into conflict with surrounding extraterrestrials.
A short time after the authors sent in the manuscript of the novel "Double Jeopardy", the series publisher, Del Rey, decided to cancel the series.
First to Fight, (1997)
34 FIST, Company L, Third Platoon
Platoon Leader: Staff Sergeant Charlie Bass
Squad 1 Leader: Sergeant Wang Hyakowa
Squad 1 Team 1:
Squad 1 Team 2 Fire Team: Lance Corporal Lupo "Rabbit" Ratliff
Squad 2 Leader: Eagle's Cry
Gun Squad: Corporal "Hound" Kelly
Joseph F. Dean
- Fred McNeal
- Charlie Bass
- PFC Chan
- Lupo "Rabbit" Ratliff
- PFC "New Guy" Claypoole
While the Starfist original series deals primarily with a particular Confederation Marine brigade, the 34th FIST (Fleet Initial Strike Team), Starfist: Force Recon describes the experiences of the men and women who carry out intelligence-gathering and small-unit raids behind enemy lines. The Confederation Marine Force Recon mission is very similar to that of United States Marine Force Recon, with which co-author Sherman, a former US Marine, is familiar. Because this new series did not sell as well as the parent series, the publisher chose to allow the series to end after three novels.