The Forever War

The Forever War

eBook - 1991
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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards: A futuristic masterpiece, "perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam" (Junot D#65533; az).

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 D#65533;az--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 collection.
Publisher: New York :, Avon Books,, 1991
Copyright Date: ♭1975
ISBN: 9781497692350
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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jtcampbel47
Sep 07, 2016

Interesting take on war considering when novel was written. Good read!!

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LauraSteinert
Jul 16, 2016

One might expect that a story set in the future, where men and women are drafted into military service in identical roles, would be worth reading. One would be wrong. Sexist slipping occasionally in to misogyny. I almost gave up on page 8 when I had reached my tolerance limit for the F-word, but gave it another 100 pages because it isn't good to just give up. Except sometimes it is.
Page 47:
"The orgy that night was amusing, but it was like trying to sleep in the middle of a raucous beach party. The only area big enough to sleep all of us was the dining hall; they draped a few bed sheets here and there for privacy, then they unleashed Stargate's eighteen sex-starved men on our women, compliant and promiscuous by military custom (and law), but desiring nothing so much as sleep on solid ground."

Jabberwock12 May 22, 2015

I read this a while back and gave it to a friend (and he never returned it)... A top-notch, great read. A true sci-fi novel.

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JackPurcell
Apr 29, 2015

Good old fashioned science fiction with no wizards, fairies, or magic.

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Jsmackenator
Mar 25, 2015

For the longest time I never read this book because a friend, and avid sci-fi reader, told me he didn't like it much. But, since it was so well regarded I decided to finally read it. It was great. Definitely worthy of all the praise it has received. What struck me the most was how ahead of its time this book was. I think it was written in 1974, keep that in mind when you read it.

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JacksDaddy
Aug 27, 2014

Great book...a Hugo and Nebula award winner. Loved. It.

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Gandalf_IRL
Dec 06, 2013

The story of a "space marine" fighting through the ages after humanity makes it's first contact with an unknown race. Every year he spends traveling to a new world to fight the enemy, hundreds of years are passing back on Earth. It begins with him as a Private in the 1990s and ends with him as a Major in the year 3000. He goes back to Earth to visit and finds an Earth he no longer knows or wishes to know. The author was a Vietnam veteran so there are lots of themes of fighting a foreign, unknowable enemy, and returning to a home that no longer exists. Very readable, funny, depressing, and entertaining.

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StarGladiator
Aug 14, 2013

This is Haldeman writing at his best! Plus his creative use of the "Exceptional Draft" (drafting the most intellectually gifted) makes the most logical sense from the viewpoint of lending the most credence to survival and justifiable war, while reminding people of what happened when Napoleon drafted the tallest men in France for his soldiers: future generations of shorter citizens!

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thomd
Jul 24, 2013

This book was just as good as I remember it from my youth. Some of the best bits involve time dilation, nova bombs, a stasis field and combat within using knives and bows, swords and spears. Rereading as an adult, I found the character story fairly solid as well. There are related stories and even a direct sequel, but I don't consider this book part of a "series". (Jul 1-24)

DesPlainesReaders Aug 24, 2012

Haldeman definitely had a point he wanted to get across, but he manages to do so in a terrifically entertaining and intricate manner. Urgency and ennui strangely collide in the form of his main character, William Mandella, who knows as little about what he is fighting for as he does about what he is fighting against. ~wearespartacus/notTom

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LazyNeko
Apr 25, 2012

I was disgusted with the human race, disgusted with the army and horrified at the prospect of living with myself for another century or so... Well, there was always brain-wipe.

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