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ISBN13: 9780312536633
ISBN10: 0312536631
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Dealing with time dilation, the realities of war, sexuality, and the ever-changing definition of what it means to be human, Joe Haldeman's Hugo Award-winning Forever War is not to be missed.
Recommended by the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Team, Powells.com

I've been reading a lot of sci-fi lately, and right now I'm on The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. At its core, it's an indictment of the Vietnam War from the soldiers' perspective, similar to Heinleins' Starship Troopers but much more bleak. It's written in a very Spartan style, with no excess time wasted on unnecessary descriptions. The Forever War is the story of a man drafted into a war and sent through space to fight for his home. The distances are great, and the time is even greater. It deals a lot with abstracts of time and relativity, causing the main character, William Mandella, to live over a thousand years. While stark and realistic, this story is true to the feelings of those who lived during "The Draft" for Vietnam. A definite must-read for sci-fi and military buffs alike.
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The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.  But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

A multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Joe Haldeman is an ultimate household name in science fiction. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, since the original publication of The Forever War, Joe has maintined a continuous string of SF classics, and as a long-time Professor of Creative Writing at M.I.T., is widely acknowledged as a key mentor figure to many of this generation's top SF stars.

Winner of the Hugo Award

Winner of the Nebula award

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sanddespite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries. This edition also features a new introduction by John Scalzi.

"To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is, for all its techno-extrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I've read."William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, Spook Country

"To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is, for all its techno-extrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I've read."William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and Spook Country

"There are a handful of moments when an American science fiction novel abruptly and seemingly effortlessly satisfied every possible expectation conveyed not only by the genre's ambitions, but of those of the whole literary landscape with which it was contemporary: Sturgeon's More Than Human, Dick's The Man In The High Castle, LeGuin's Dispossessed, Gibson's Neuromancer. The Forever War is one such book, and like those others still carries with it that air of recognition and possibility."Jonathan Lethem, author of Gun, with Occcasional Music and Fortress of Solitude

"Perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam . . . Haldeman, a veteran, is a flat-out visionary . . . and protagonist William Mandella's attempt to survive and remain human in the face of an absurd almost endless war is harrowing, hilarious, heartbreaking, and true  . . . Like all the best works of literature, The Forever War takes you apart and then, before you can turn that last page, puts you back together: better, wiser, more human. Simply extraordinary."Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

"If there was a Fort Knox for science fiction writers, we'd have to lock Joe Haldeman up."Stephen King, author of The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Stand

"The Forever War is not just a great science fiction novel, it's a great Vietnam war noveland a great war novel, without qualificationthat is also science fiction.  A classic to grace either genre."Iain M. Banks, author of Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, Matter

"The Forever War is brilliantone of the most influential war novels of our time. That it happens to be set in the future only broadens and enhances its message."Greg Bear, author of Moving Mars, Eon, and The Forge of God

“A parable whose lessons are needful learning once more.”John Scalzi, author of Old Mans War, The Ghost Brigades, and Zoes Tale

"I first read this twenty years ago and have never forgotten the wonder and fury it kindled at the time.  Anyone who talks about the glory of war has obviously never read it.  A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years, as told by one grunt who lives through it all.  Only a writer as skillfull and knowledgeable as Haldeman could use war's dark glamour to lure the reader in and then deploy the same fascination to show just what kind of effect this orchestrated barbarism can have on the human soul."Peter F. Hamilton, author of Pandoras Star, Judas Unchained, and The Dreaming Void

“In a literature of ideas, The Forever War is a titan: a book filled with mind-bending ideas about relatavistic time-distortion and world-shaking ideas about the futility of war. In today's world, where we think declaring war on abstract nouns like 'terror' is a winning strategy, we need The Forever War."Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother X

“It is to the Vietnam War what Catch-22 was to World War II, the definitive, bleakly comic satire.”Thomas M. Disch, author of Camp Concentration and 334

"The Forever War does what the very best science fiction does. It deals with extremes both societal and teleological; it places a frame around humankind's place in the universe to show us what is outside the frame; and it functions simultaneously at the literal and metaphorical level. Inarguably one of the genre's great novels, it is also among the finest novels ever written about war."James Sallis, author of The Long Legged Fly, Drive, and Cripple Creek

Synopsis:

Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself--a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away.

Synopsis:

The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.  But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

Synopsis:

The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.  But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

About the Author

Having won the Hugo and Nebula Award's more times than any other author, Joe Haldeman is an ultimate household name in science fiction.  A Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, since the original publication of The Forever War, Joe has maintained a continuous string of SF best-sellers, and as a speaker and panelist, has been a constant presence on the SF convention circuit.  A longtime tenured Professor of Creative Writing at MIT, beyond his own career, from Cory Doctorow to John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman is widely awknowledged as a key mentor figure to many of this generation's crop of rising SF stars.     

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nrlymrtl, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by nrlymrtl)
The first half of this book was pretty interesting. The second half blew my mind. This is my first time experiencing Joe Haldeman and I do believe he will have to go on my Eternal Bookshelf.

I often pictured the actor Will Smith as William Mandela. Mandela was so easy for me to relate to, being an average guy with a science background swept up into a high death rate war with a foreign entity that few have seen and none understand. While the main character was William, I still appreciated the equality of women serving in the military and the female characters were equally diverse as the minor male characters.

Let’s talk the science. I loved the use of science in this book, even though it was originally published in 1974. I have a vague understanding of physics, so the dated science in this book, such as principles of space travel, didn’t bother me at all. I was fascinated by the mech warrior suits. The simple dangers of stomping around in one these suits in low or zero G places were excellently built into the plot. The time dilation aspect of the story was put to great use, allowing the story arc to cover 1000s of years while keeping a handful of familiar characters throughout.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312536633
Author:
Haldeman, Joe
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Science Fiction - Military
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Space warfare
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Science Fiction/Alien Contact
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.55 x 0.76 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Dealing with time dilation, the realities of war, sexuality, and the ever-changing definition of what it means to be human, Joe Haldeman's Hugo Award-winning Forever War is not to be missed.

"Staff Pick" by ,

I've been reading a lot of sci-fi lately, and right now I'm on The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. At its core, it's an indictment of the Vietnam War from the soldiers' perspective, similar to Heinleins' Starship Troopers but much more bleak. It's written in a very Spartan style, with no excess time wasted on unnecessary descriptions. The Forever War is the story of a man drafted into a war and sent through space to fight for his home. The distances are great, and the time is even greater. It deals a lot with abstracts of time and relativity, causing the main character, William Mandella, to live over a thousand years. While stark and realistic, this story is true to the feelings of those who lived during "The Draft" for Vietnam. A definite must-read for sci-fi and military buffs alike.

"Synopsis" by , Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself--a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away.
"Synopsis" by , The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.  But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

"Synopsis" by ,

The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.  A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home.  But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

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