One of the finest novels to be written in the wake of the Vietnam War and probably the best military SF novel ever written, The Forever War is one conscripted soldier’s journey through space and time as he fights a mysterious enemy and is pressed further and further into a faceless military machine. The author, Joe Haldeman, served as an army engineer in Vietnam and based the story on the letters he wrote home to his wife. This is probably what gives the book, though abounding in page-turning battles, its remarkably human touch.
Forever War, written in Haldeman’s terse Hemingway-esque prose, is as masculine as it is tender and heartbreaking. It shows not only a soldier’s gritty experience of war but also his inability to escape it upon returning home. This one deserves to be read by every self-respecting SF fan, even ones that aren’t into military fiction.