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Forever Peace Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1998
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Julian Class is a full-time professor and part-time combat veteran who spends a third of each month virtually wired to a robotic "soldierboy." The soldierboys, along with flyboys and other advanced constructs, allow the U.S. to wage a remotely controlled war against constant uprisings in the Third World. The conflicts are largely driven by the so-called First World countries' access to nanoforges--devices that can almost instantly manufacture any product imaginable, given the proper raw materials--and the Third World countries' lack of access to these devices. But even as Julian learns that the consensual reality shared by soldierboy operators can lead to universal peace, the nanoforges create a way for humanity to utterly destroy itself, and it will be a race against time to see which will happen first. Although Forever Peace bears a title similar to Joe Haldeman's classic novel The Forever War, he says it's not a sequel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Veteran sf writer Haldeman views this novel not as a continuation of but as a follow-up to the problems raised in his highly acclaimed 1975 novel, Forever War. In the Universal Welfare State in 2043, draftees and volunteers link their brains to "soldierboy" war machines that do the actual fighting hundreds of miles away. Black physics professor and linked draftee Julian Class; his white mentor and lover, Dr. Amelia Harding; and her colleague Peter discover that the high-profile Jupiter Project is about to re-create the Big Bang that will destroy the solar system. The original 20 survivors of an experiment to link brains via implanted jacks discover they can turn people into pacifists by linking them for two weeks. Together with Julian and Amelia, the group stays one jump ahead of assassins as they try to stop the project and pacify key figures. At once a hard science, military, and political thriller, this book presents a thoughtful and hopeful solution to ending war in the 21st century. Essential for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Haldeman's most famous work was raw and emotional, ripping and depressing in its vivid depiction of the emptiness of war.
Forever Peace is different, despite the similarity in title. It's ostensibly about a near-future in which drone warfare has expanded to involve jacked-in hackers running fully connected war robots. They fight against insurgent rebels who have no realistic chance of defeating them, effortlessly slaughtering people with far inferior weaponry. Those who run these machines are at *some* risk, but for the most part they are unhurt by battle damage. They can also fly home from the theater of combat on weekends to see their loved ones. It's a complicated sort of war, and it had the potential for a novel with much introspection about the impersonality and potential inhumanities of this detached, robotic warfare.
But instead Haldeman chose to take it in another direction, one that muddles what commentary he does make on the driving idea of the novel. He begins to put more emphasis on the neural technology that gives rise to the man-machine interface, and how it can be used for entertainment as well as for a grand and bizarre project that would end the entire concept of war forever. As it turns out, this message is weakly formed and changes the narrative direction of the novel so that the entire message ultimately feels weak. It was easy to begin reading this novel, but I didn't find it easy to finish, because by the end I found myself feeling like the characters were all dispassionate Don Quixotes, as contradictory and strange as that might be.
However, points are awarded for the book's polyamorous African American viewpoint character. Talk about nontraditional SF heroes. He's a good guy to get inside the head of for a little while.
But in Forever Peace he builds up to the main plot more slowly. I think he was trying to build better characters by giving us a history of sorts. I think he should stick to the short punchy style. Otherwise he should get a co-writer to work on development of characters, subplots and descriptive sequences.
All in all I suppose I like well written books, and as a result I do not like the way Haldeman writes. In this book since he takes half the book to come to the point of his plot, I have to give it a poor rating. For me this book was not a patch on Forever War. But it is a sequel of sorts, and if you enjoyed Forever War you will probably want to read this one.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Forever War (1st book in this series) and upon completing it, couldn't wait to get into Part 2.Read more
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