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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015177
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Old pro Haldeman (Camouflage) has a gift for seeing issues in a sympathetic but dispassionate perspective, as shown by the 15 tales in this collection. How can we live as human beings in an uncaring universe? he asks. The title story returns to the conclusion of the Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel The Forever War as seen by another character, discovering uncomfortable but ultimately encouraging things about our capacity to adapt and endure. Other selections, such as "Finding My Shadow" and "Civil Disobedience," are much bleaker, as they angrily extrapolate trends in American politics and our abuse of the environment. Set on a far future Earth, "For White Hill" is one of the most memorable tragic love stories ever written as SF. While the book includes a few minor pieces, notably two early stories that contain the basis for Camouflage, Haldeman's work is never less than clever and sometimes much more. (Aug.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

A Separate War serves both as an introduction to and partial "best-of" collection of the talented Joe Haldeman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards. Thought provoking, entertaining, witty, and subversive, these stories—while outlandish in plot and premise—never fail to focus on humanity's hopes, dreams, and foibles as they play out during wartime. Critics agree that the best stories in the collection include "Out of Phase," "A Separate War," "For White Hill," and "Finding My Shadow," about racism and germ warfare in Boston. A few, including "Diminished Chord" and "Memento Mori," about nanotechnology, felt lightweight in comparison. If by no means complete, Haldeman's latest collection, notes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, makes "an ample case for his being considered one of science fiction and fantasies' stalwarts for years to come."

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If a novel seems daunting, however, these stories would not be a bad place to start at all.
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If you enjoy the Science Fiction of Joe Haldeman...I guarantee you will enjoy this collection of his essays and short stories!
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This fifteen story collection showcases award winning Joe Haldeman, for the most part, at his best.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Critic's Corner VINE VOICE on July 17, 2010
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A Separate War and Other Stories is an attempt by the old sci-fi writer, Joe Haldeman (The Forever War) to represent stories of his full range as a writer. This is an interesting concept, as he starts his first tale as one of the stories he ever first submitted, to his last one, a funky tale written like a movie script!

Listing all the stories and analyzing each would be hard not only on this writer but on the reader as well -- so here are the ones that impacted me, good or ill.

The intro written by one of my favorite writers, Connie Willis, was entertaining enough. Usually I skip these prefaces, but she gushes about the eloquence of Joe and her excitement at meeting him. I can relate, regarding meeting celebrities. Moving on...

The first story, A Separate War, was the best one. It takes up where The Forever War leaves off. It's military science fiction at its best -- an alien/human war where one must compensate for the great distances traveled, the impossibility of relationships, and he writes a gay element into the story to give it some interest and perhaps shock value.

I find this in several stories where his characters have some character flaw, are in the military, are gay to some extent or are impacted by a cold and ruthless social norm.

Finding My Shadow was a sad love story about Boston after its annihilation by a virus bomb. The government has declared the area a disaster area. The protagonist however, who left her lover to the virus, defects and joins the victims, only to find that the disease has long been dissipated. She tries to tell her government that with surprising results.

For White Hill is another 'alien war' story.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 6, 2006
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Joe Haldeman's A SEPARATE WAR AND OTHER STORIES gathers, for the first time, some fifteen tales of Haldeman's best works, from his first short story to later favorites, and will delight and surprise fans who know him best through his full-length award-winning novels THE FOREVER WAR and others. These retrospective stories come with in-depth author notes and provide a strong chronological assessment of the changing skills of a young writer who became an award winner in his genre.

Diane C. Donovan

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I really like Joe Haldeman's writings and he has become one of my favorite SF authors along with Isaac Asimov. His background serving in the military during Viet Nam as well as his fine education am sure informs him in his stories well. This collection of short (some VERY short) is quite a "grab bag" of tales most of which were interesting, some could have been developed further (I hope) and some so so. It was nice to see a talented author as Haldeman's thought process and inspiration in action. Still worth the read.
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Excellent collection of thought-provoking short stories (and two novellas, really) from a master storyteller. If you already know his work, this is well worth your time, even if you're not the short story type.

As always, for those who don't know his work I recommend The Forever War - and, in fact, that universe (and one of the major characters) pays us a visit in one of these stories. If a novel seems daunting, however, these stories would not be a bad place to start at all.
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surprisingly, all the other stories are pretty boring. but if you are a real fan of the forever war, then it is really nice to read the seperate war.
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The title story parallels the part of The Forever War when Mandela and Marygay were separated for years (subjective) or centuries ("real" time). If you read TFW and liked the characters, this is a great read because it catches you up on Marygay's life during that period. The other stories are OK, though in my opinion they illustrate how Haldeman does better at long fiction than short.
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By RAS on October 12, 2014
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For many of the short stories in this collection felt like I wanted them to keep going. I really enjoy Joe Haldeman's writing style so this was a great way to get a sampling of his writing over a span of time. It was also fun to read a different timeline/perspective from Marygay's point of view in A Separate War (as contrasted to Forever War).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Telemachus on February 1, 2007
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Joe Haldeman is one of my favorite writers. This is a great book of short stories that give you a glimpse into the breadth of his writing talent and also a look at his thinking and writing over time. Very interesting compilation. Worth your time to read!!
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Joe Haldeman has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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