Here at WMG, we publish a lot of fiction. You loyal readers know that. So, in honor of Memorial Day, I’d like to highlight some of our fiction that features characters involved in military action, either on the front lines or serving in some other capacity, either before, during or after a war.

First up, is one of our Fiction River volumes featuring military sf short stories:

FR14 Valor ebook cover web 284Fiction River: Valor, edited by Lee Allred

Future wars will be fought with new technologies and even on new planets, but one military constant will remain: the need for human valor.

Eleven skilled authors explore science fiction’s military dimension as they rocket toward a doomed interplanetary invasion, grapple with cold-hearted aliens on the galaxy’s lonely rim, and outwit space conquerors with nothing but their wits and two strong fists.

This volume of Fiction River celebrates the bravery and courage beating within the human heart.

Next is a novel featuring one of Dean Wesley Smith’s most beloved characters:

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Life of a Dream by Dean Wesley Smith

USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith finally gives the popular Captain Brian Saber his first full-length novel.

Brian Saber and Dot Leeds constantly must leave their nursing home rooms and their aging bodies to fly across known space to save the Earth and the Earth Protection League.

They love the job, they love feeling needed.

But in the end, will being needed be enough?

A novel of hope and a future that will leave you smiling and wishing you could join the Earth Protection League, when you get old enough.

And, of course, who could forget the most recent novel in the popular Diving Universe:

Skirmishes ebook cover web 285Skirmishes by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The answers Captain Jonathon “Coop” Cooper and the crew of the Ivoire seek lie in the Boneyards. But they must wait for Boss and her team to dive it, explore the wrecks, and piece together what happened in that faraway place.

Boss loves the challenge. Thousands of ships, centuries of history, all play to her strengths. In her absence, she trusts Coop to defend the Nine Planets Alliance against the Enterran Empire.

But an encounter from Coop’s recent past shows up to haunt him, an encounter he never told Boss about, an encounter that could threaten her future, his life, and the fragile peace between the Alliance and the Empire.

Last, but certainly not least, we have a short story that you can read for free this week on the author’s website:

Burial Detail ebook cover rebrand 2016 web 284“Burial Detail” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The battle ended ten months ago, the war ended two weeks ago, and still the battleground remains a dangerous place—at least for one man. A man who sees everything, and can say nothing. A man no one else notices. A man who must bury the dead in order to remain among the living.

So, be sure to remember our real-life heroes this Memorial Day and enjoy these fictional ones.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.