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Publication Order of Bolo Books

Bolo (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rogue Bolo (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stars Must Wait (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compleat Bolo (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Unconquerable (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bolo Brigade (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bolo Strike (By: William H. Keith Jr.) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bolo Rising (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Road to Damascus (With: John Ringo,Linda Evans) (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Soldiers (With: David Weber) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Their Finest Hour (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Bolos Books

with Linda Evans
The Triumphant (With: Linda Evans) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Imperium Books

Worlds of the Imperium (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Side of Time (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Assignment in Nowhere (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zone Yellow (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Invaders Books

The Invaders (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enemies From Beyond (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Lafayette O'Leary Books

The Time Bender (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Shuffler (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shape Changer (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Galaxy Builder (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Retief Books

with William H. Keith Jr.
Envoy to New Worlds (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galactic Diplomat (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief's War (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief and the Warlords (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ambassador to Space (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief of the CDT (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief's Ransom (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emissary To The Stars (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief At Large (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief Unbound (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Diplomat at Arms (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief to the Rescue (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return of Retief (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief and the Pangalactic Pageant of Pulchritude (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief in the Ruins (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reward for Retief (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief and the Rascals (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief! (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief's Peace (With: William H. Keith Jr.) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Yillian Way (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Frozen Planet (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief of the Red-Tape Mountain (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Retief: the Dirty Dozen (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Madman from Earth (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Desert and the Stars (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cultural Exchange (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mightiest Qorn (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Governor of Glave (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aide Memoire (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Saline Solution (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Star-Sent Knaves (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Time Trap Books

Time Trap (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Back to the Time Trap (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Trace of Memory (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Plague of Demons (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Time Machine Hoax / A Hoax in Time (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Monitors (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Catastrophe Planet (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthblood (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Galactic Odyssey (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Twilight (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Day Before Forever (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House in November (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaur Beach (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Infinite Cage (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of Delusions (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glory Game (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fat Chance / Deadfall (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Star Treasure (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Night of Decisions (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ultimax Man (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Star Colony (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Breaking Earth (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
End as a Hero (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Judson's Eden (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Cocoon (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Could Be Anything (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Doorstep (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Walls (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Night of the Trolls (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long-Remembered Thunder (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A BAD DAY FOR VERMIN (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Greylorn (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Plague of Demons & Other Stories (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nine By Laumer (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Planet Run (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once There Was A Giant (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad Galaxy (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knight of Delusions (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Timetracks (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Big Show & Other Tales (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Undefeated (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chrestomathy (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alien Minds (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Odyssey (With: Eric Flint) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Future Imperfect (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legions of Space (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Earthblood and Other Stories (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Twilight and Other Stories (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Moons of Neptune (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gambler's World (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Keith Laumer: Volume 1 (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Avengers Books

with Norman Daniels, John Garforth
Dead Duck (By: ) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Floating Game (By: John Garforth) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gold Bomb (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Avengers 5: The Afrit Affair (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drowned Queen (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Magnetic Man (By: Norman Daniels) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Laugh Was On Lazarus (By: John Garforth) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Passing Of Gloria Munday (By: John Garforth) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heil Harris! (By: John Garforth) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Dangerous Visions 3(1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Visions(1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Second If Reader of Science Fiction(1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Time and Space(1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alchemy and Academe(1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Partners in Wonder(1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nebula Awards 6(1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best from Amazing Stories(1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Combat SF(1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Infinite Arena(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Science Fiction Series(1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Young Extraterrestrials(1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Extraterrestrials(1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Supertanks(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow(1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Robot Warriors(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Honor of the Regiment(1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Triumphant(1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Last Stand(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Vegetables(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Guard(2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cold Steel(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 12th Science Fiction MEGAPACK┬«(2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About Keith Laumer

Keith Laumer was a highly acclaimed American science-fiction writer who gained recognition for his memorable characters and storylines. His writing style was often humorous and entertaining, making his stories a joy to read. Laumer’s skill for crafting protagonists was evident in his series such as Bolo and Retief.

His Bolo series followed the evolution of powerful tanks that eventually become sentient through centuries of warfare. His Retief series focused on the adventures of a spacefaring diplomat who often had to face the bureaucracy and failures of characters like Ambassador Grossblunder. Laumer’s own experiences in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Foreign Service likely inspired his writing. His brother, March Laumer, was also a writer, regarded for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz.

Laumer’s writing talents extended beyond creating memorable characters and protagonists. He was known for his ability to craft compelling stories with engaging narratives. His stories often featured futuristic concepts and elements, introducing readers to imaginative worlds and characters. He showed a great gift for presenting readers with a unique vision of the future, often intertwined with themes of morality and justice. With his strong writing skills, Keith Laumer was able to create memorable stories that will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Keith Laumer’s use of characters and his compelling sense of storytelling were two of the key elements that made his writing so successful. His characters were highly memorable, often possessing unique personalities and backstories. He was able to create characters with which readers could easily connect and sympathize with. Laumer also had a great gift for crafting protagonists, particularly in his Bolo and Retief series. His characters often had to face difficult moral choices and overcome adversity, making them more relatable and inspiring.

In addition to his memorable characters, Laumer’s sense of storytelling was engaging and entertaining. He was able to craft compelling stories featuring imaginative worlds and futuristic concepts, providing readers with a unique vision of the future. His stories often featured themes of morality and justice, making them thought-provoking and interesting. Laumer’s use of character coupled with his compelling sense of storytelling was a major factor in the success of his writing.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1925 on the 9th of June, John Keith Laumer was a proud American who dedicated his life to reading, writing, and serving in the air forces. Raised in Syracuse, New York, he attended Indiana University for one year before serving in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War, based out in Europe. After the war, he studied at Stockholm University and later earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois.

Laumer served twice in the US Air Force, 1953-56 and later in 1960-65. During his second term, he was promoted to the rank of captain. In between his two terms in the military, Laumer worked as a member of the US Foreign Service in Burma. Later, he returned to Florida and bought a small two-acre island on a lake in Hernando County based near Weeki Wachee, where he would reside for the rest of his life.

With a passion for reading and writing, Laumer decided to pursue a career as an author. His first work, a short story, was published in April 1959. He went on to write numerous science fiction stories and novels, finding inspiration in his own life and experiences. Laumer passed away on the 23rd of January, 1993, leaving behind a legacy of creative writing that’s still recognized to this very day.

Writing Career

Keith Laumer was a prolific science fiction writer during his peak years of 1959-1971. He was well-known for his Bolo and Retief stories, which explore themes of time travel, alternate worlds, and artificial sentience. Laumer’s stories often feature lone-wolf, superhuman protagonists and emphasize self-sacrifice and transcendence. He was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for several of his works, including ‘In the Queue,’ which received nominations for both.

In 1971, Laumer suffered a stroke while writing ‘The Ultimax Man.’ He devised his own treatment regimen and eventually resumed writing, although the quality of his work was never quite the same, as he recycled scenarios and characters from earlier works for later books. After his death in 1993, a posthumous anthology was released, titled Dangerous Vegetables. Other authors have also written standalone works based on his Bolo creations, and the impact of his literary legacy continues to live on.


Keith Laumer’s science-fiction space-opera ‘Bolo’ was published on June 1, 1977 by Berkley. It marked the first installment in the ‘Bolo’ series, a collection of classic science-fiction stories. The book was published to wide acclaim, becoming a classic in the science-fiction genre.

The Bolo is an artillery machine developed in the 1980’s by the Bolo Division of General Motors. It has been used to gradually replace man in the human endeavor of war. The Annals of the Dinochrome Brigade is an action-packed book where the ultimate fighting machines relay their own story.

This story ranges from fascinating to tragic, and provides readers with a unique insight into the world of war. Bolos have been designed to be aware and to learn as they fight, making them even more invaluable in warfare.

Retief’s War

‘Retief’s War’ was published on August 2, 1985 and was printed by the publisher Baen. It is the third book in the ‘Retief’ series which follows the story of James Retief, a diplomat sent on various adventures in space. The series is known for its humorous take on space-age espionage and escapades.

The Voions were given police powers by the Diplomatic Corps and were on the brink of taking over the planet. A would-be dictator, a group of Terran rum traders, a crashed spaceship full of beautiful girls, bungling ambassadors, villainous Groaci, tribes of cannibals, giant flying carnivores, and Jame Retief, the unflappable, were all thrown into the mix. The Voions were a rascally race that were making their presence known across the planet, and it was up to the Diplomatic Corps to put a stop to them before it was too late.

Jame Retief and the other characters had to use all of their wit and determination to battle the Voions and save their world from destruction.

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