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In the 1970s Joe Haldeman approached more than a dozen different publishers before he finally found one interested in The Forever War. The book went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, although a large chunk of the story had been cut out before it saw publication. Now Haldeman and Avon Books have released the definitive version of The Forever War, published for the first time as Haldeman originally intended. The book tells the timeless story of war, in this case a conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans. Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can't adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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)
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, 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 novel - and a great war novel, without qualification- that is also Science Fiction. A classic to grace either genre. (James Sallis, author of The Long Legged Fly, Drive, Cripple Creek)
FOREVER WAR is brilliant--one 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, The Forge of God)
A parable whose lessons are needful learning once more. (John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War, The Ghost Brigades, Zoe’s 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 deplou the sam fascination to show just what kind of effect this orchestrated barbarism can have on the human soul. (Peter F. Hamilton, author of Pandora’s Star, Judas Unchained, 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, 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, Cripple Creek)
Feels dated. Granted it was written in the 70s. The only reason I read it was because it won several awards.Published 4 hours ago by Coughybean
I first read the Forever War in high school. Reading it again nearly 30 years later I was astonished at how the core ideas still resonate. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by BluWater1der
Was a little longer than it needed but wasn't as bad as all the negative reviews. Worth a read.
Old Mans war was better, but a number of books are worse so pick it up.
I never felt like I was in the story. I felt like someone was just telling me what happened. It's a shame because the book had some interesting elements, but they couldn't shine... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Terrence F
This was a great fun sci-fi read, much like Starship Troopers. So, if you enjoyed that, then this book would probably be right up your alley.Published 6 days ago by Stacey Schebel
I really liked how this started, and then it was not as great an end. Would definitely recommend, thoughPublished 7 days ago by LikesToBike
Great premise. Great issues with relativity and the complications it creates in peoples' lives when travelling great distances. That is a great part of this book... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Steve H.