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The Forever War (1974)

af Joe Haldeman

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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards: A futuristic masterpiece, "perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam" (Junot Díaz).

In this novel, a landmark of science fiction that began as an MFA thesis for the Iowa Writers' Workshop and went on to become an award-winning classic??inspiring a play, a graphic novel, and most recently an in-development film??man has taken to the stars, and soldiers fighting the wars of the future return to Earth forever alienated from their home.

Conscripted into service for the United Nations Exploratory Force, a highly trained unit built for revenge, physics student William Mandella fights for his planet light years away against the alien force known as the Taurans. "Mandella's attempt to survive and remain human in the face of an absurd, almost endless war is harrowing, hilarious, heartbreaking, and true," says Pulitzer Prize??winning novelist Junot Díaz??and because of the relative passage of time when one travels at incredibly high speed, the Earth Mandella 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, capturing the alienation that servicemen and women experience even now upon returning home from battle. It shines a light not only on the culture of the 1970s in which it was written, but also on our potential future. "To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is . . . as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I've read" (William Gibson).

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joe Haldeman including rare images from the author's personal
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  1. 214
    Starship Troopers af Robert A. Heinlein (infiniteletters, goodiegoodie)
  2. 80
    Old Man's War af John Scalzi (JulesJones)
    JulesJones: Two books which examine in different ways what happens to the recruits in an interstellar war who by the very nature of their service can never go back to their home culture.
  3. 10
    Armor af John Steakley (amysisson, RASinfo)
    RASinfo: Perfect read for the story and ideas of the same theme.
  4. 10
    The Ethos Effect af L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (thejazzmonger)
    thejazzmonger: Good characters and a story with intelligence and action. It makes you think, like every Haldeman book does.
  5. 22
    Forever Peace af Joe Haldeman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Forever Peace is a thematic sequel to The Forever War.
  6. 11
    En messe for Leibowitz af Walter M. Miller Jr. (sturlington)
  7. 01
    The Healer's War af Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: The Forever War was inspired by Haldemans experiences in Vietnam, Scarborough writes about her experiences in Vietnam directly.
  8. 14
    Dauntless af Jack Campbell (amysisson)
    amysisson: First in a series of thoughtful military SF with great FTL tactical details.
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 Science Fiction Fans: The Forever War? Ugh.113 ulæste / 113Tobbi73, august 2016
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Overall good with some interesting ideas, but I think I saw the book hyped too much before I read it. I expected more ... feels kinda rushed and as if more could have been made of the good ideas. Maybe the second and third book will enrich the story a bit... ( )
  rendier | Jan 25, 2024 |
Drawing on his own experiences in Vietnam war, author gives a very good picture of how getting enlisted for a long war with the enemy nobody understands gets that person estranged from his homeland and people he lived with. How time mercilessly goes by and soon that same soldier, drafted by his government gets back to his homeland to find it completely changed and incomprehensible. He cannot manage to handle that level of change and becomes for all means and purposes unfit for civilian life.

All of the above happens to our main character. Enlisted to fight the war against the alien race mere distances that his unit needs to cover in near-to-light-speed ships means that what seems like years to him subjectively on Earth it becomes decades and then centuries.

Very soon society as he knows it does not exist any more and his ability to function in new environments decrease - his fellow men and civilization in general become more and more exotic very much like distant aliens and space battlegrounds he fought them on.
So he returns back to the fray because people in the military still resemble what he remembers (at least some of them) and in case of any differences they still share the same goal - to survive in the brutal war - and on the battlefield this is the link that bonds the people. Through all that time our hero tries to avoid bloodshed as much as possible and finally sees the light at the end of the long, long tunnel.

Excellent book about trying to keep ones sanity in the war and estrangement between society and those that very same society sent out to fight for it to the point that these others are no longer even considered normal parts of the society.

Highly recommended to all SF fans. ( )
  Zare | Jan 23, 2024 |
Expected more from a Nebula and Hugo award winner. However, annual awards do HAVE to be given out every year, so who knows what to expect.
Haldeman's style is fine, not proper prose, but just nice enough. The story was the problem: It never went anywhere. It is also a lot like Starship Troopers, like that combined with space travel time and aging in OS Card's Ender series. The Forever War differs from Heinlein's version in that the war keeps continuing. That might have some meaning, but it is not a pleasant read. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
A good read and while not perhaps the best written sci fi novel I have read, the concepts and topic's covered were intriguing. Whilst based on the author’s experience in Vietnam War, this future inter species war has the action and cynical infantry combat story as a basis for covering worm holes, the effect on time for those travelling through them, especially multiple worm hole jumps and the issues on culture shock as returned service personnel from a variety of eras return to a much more advanced in time earth. Also the clash of species is of interest too. Recommended sci fi classic, I’m going to read the next two books in the trilogy. ( )
  Daniel_M_Oz | Jan 12, 2024 |
Brilliant example of military science fiction. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
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I got to re-reading it last night (for the first time in nearly 20 years) and couldn't put it down.
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Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards: A futuristic masterpiece, "perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam" (Junot Díaz).

In this novel, a landmark of science fiction that began as an MFA thesis for the Iowa Writers' Workshop and went on to become an award-winning classic??inspiring a play, a graphic novel, and most recently an in-development film??man has taken to the stars, and soldiers fighting the wars of the future return to Earth forever alienated from their home.

Conscripted into service for the United Nations Exploratory Force, a highly trained unit built for revenge, physics student William Mandella fights for his planet light years away against the alien force known as the Taurans. "Mandella's attempt to survive and remain human in the face of an absurd, almost endless war is harrowing, hilarious, heartbreaking, and true," says Pulitzer Prize??winning novelist Junot Díaz??and because of the relative passage of time when one travels at incredibly high speed, the Earth Mandella 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, capturing the alienation that servicemen and women experience even now upon returning home from battle. It shines a light not only on the culture of the 1970s in which it was written, but also on our potential future. "To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is . . . as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I've read" (William Gibson).

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

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