The Forever War by Joe Haldeman


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This is an enraged and enraging classic that deserves a place alongside Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter as an expression of the pain caused by Vietnam.


Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards: He went off to war, but the Earth he came back to wasn’t the one he left behind.

Man has taken to the stars. Deep in space, humans discover the fearsome Taurans after a transport ship is destroyed. To combat the threat, humanity sends in the United Nations Exploratory Force—a highly trained unit built for revenge. Conscripted into the service, physics student William Mandella fights for his planet against the alien force light years away. However, because of the relative passage of time when one travels at incredibly high speed, the Earth he returns to after his two-year experience has progressed decades and is foreign to him in disturbing ways.
Based in part on the author’s experiences in Vietnam, The Forever War is regarded as one of the greatest military science fiction novels ever written, perfectly capturing the alienation that servicemen and women experience even now upon returning home from battle. The Forever War shines a light not only on the culture of the 1970s, the era in which it was written, but also on our potential future.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joe Haldeman including rare images from the author’s personal collection. 

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Joe Haldeman has uniquely blended a strong interest in astronomy and with his love for writing to publish numerous novels, anthologies and short stories over three decades. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Maryland (1967), and an M.F.A. in English from the Iowa Writers Workshop (1975). An adjunct professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Haldeman has also taught at Michigan State, Larion West Seattle, SUNY Buffalo, Princeton, University of North Dakota, Kent State and the University of North Florida Haldeman's works include War Year (1972), The Forever War (1975), Worlds (1981), Worlds Apart (1983), Tools of the Trade (1987), and The Hemingway Hoax (1990). He has also co-authored and edited numerous works of science fiction. Born in Oklahoma on June 9, 1943, Haldeman grew up in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and Alaska. He was drafted into the military in 1967, fighting in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a combat engineer with the 4th Division (1/22nd Airmobile Battalion), for which he received the Purple Heart, among other medals.
Published December 2, 2014 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 292 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, War, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction
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Above average
on Apr 14 2011

This is an enraged and enraging classic that deserves a place alongside Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter as an expression of the pain caused by Vietnam.

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on Sep 28 2009

Haldeman was wounded in Vietnam and knew the realities of combat. That tone makes the novel's eventual end almost overwhelmingly poignant, and ironically few modern readers even realize the novel's relevance to Vietnam today.

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on Jan 17 2012

The Forever War is a masterpiece of military science fiction and social observation, applicable on numerous levels. While some aspects might be far-fetched, there’s no denying that it’s a powerful work.

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Above average
on Feb 03 2011

Mandella has a very engaging first person voice, which is what carries the book, he’s got that confident confiding tone that keeps you reading.

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The Forever War's plot zips and sizzles at a pace that has kept decades of readers glued to the page. The story never forsakes humanity and the emotional facets of the situation in favour of action, explosions, and technology.

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on Jul 13 2012

If you haven’t read this yet, you should. And if you’re hesitant to read hard SF, this is a good introduction to the subgenre.

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Above average
on Jun 10 2010

In short, there’s a bit of something for everyone. The writing is easy and interesting to read, and the story is both epic and microcosmic at once. It is one of the more profound SF stories I’ve ever seen or read...

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