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War Stories: New Military Science Fiction Paperback – July 3, 2014
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Haldeman (Camouflage) is much more than just a military SF writer, but it's clear that Vietnam remains central to his existence and the nightmare inspiration for some of his best work. This collection brings together the author's two Vietnam novels, the autobiographical War Year (1972) and the later, more sophisticated 1968 (1994), along with a variety of stories and poems. The shorter work is all Vietnam-inspired, but each piece also qualifies as SF or fantasy. In the powerful "A Separate War," a sequel to the author's The Forever War, two soldiers have been sent on a series of missions at translight speeds. Though only a few years have passed for them, centuries have gone by on Earth and the soldiers find themselves more and more alienated from the culture they're supposedly fighting to protect. Two other stories, "The Monster" and "Graves," take place in Vietnam and involve possibly supernatural encounters with creatures brought to light by the horrors of war. Far from escapist, Haldeman's art provides a devastating retrospective of a particularly black time in American history. (Mar.)
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Top Customer Reviews
One story in particular stands out. It tells of a young trooper's return home and her climb out of the well and return to the world. One of the best descriptions of the effects of PTS I've seen written.
Nice to read something written by people who really know their trade.
After reading War Stories that day and for a couple of more days beside, I would go to bed and walk through my mind in my dreams from the memories that had been aroused and wakened. I also remembered some unfinished business that I had promised to do when I came home, I have now finished what I had promised then. I owe a thank you and a salute to Mr. Haldeman for being the instrument in bringing about that completion.
I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to experience and learn a little more from that time, even secondhand.
His other short stories in this collection were both amazingly thought provoking and deliciously new and novel and from a former soldier's point of view, scary. The what if's that come to mind and the possibilities that frighteningly jump out at you make for geat reading. Thank G0d I do not have to experience them.
That said, this book does lead off with a real bone-chiller by Haldeman called "Graves." Even if every other story in the book was a clinker, which seems unlikely, it would be worth buying for this story alone.
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There were a few good stories in here, mostly though it's a pretty sad set.Read more