The Best of Joe Haldeman

The Best of Joe Haldeman

by Joe Haldeman
     
 

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Joe Haldeman has been one of the world's most universally admired and beloved science fiction writers for more than four decades. He has earned the respect of both lifelong science fiction fans and mainstream literary writers, both for the originality of his concepts and for the unsurpassed clarity of his prose, and his characters are among the most memorable in all

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Joe Haldeman has been one of the world's most universally admired and beloved science fiction writers for more than four decades. He has earned the respect of both lifelong science fiction fans and mainstream literary writers, both for the originality of his concepts and for the unsurpassed clarity of his prose, and his characters are among the most memorable in all of science fiction.

This first career retrospective of Haldeman's finest work ranges from early tales such as 'Hero'--which instantly earned his reputation and provided the basis for his classic novel The Forever War--to mid-career masterpieces like 'Seasons' and 'The Hemingway Hoax,' his major tribute to a favorite literary godfather, to very recent stories such as 'Sleeping Dogs' and 'Complete Sentence.' Haldeman has provided original story introductions for this new landmark collection.

What emerges from The Best of Joe Haldeman is a stunning portrait of a writer who may be more complex and varied than even his most devoted fans suspect. He can build a touching far-future romance from a Shakespeare sonnet ('For White Hill'), depict with ruthless intensity the horrors of war ('Graves'), and ask classic science fictional 'what if' questions worthy of Robert A. Heinlein, to whom Haldeman has often been compared as a worthy successor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Demonstrating that the hard-to-market novella is perfect for science fiction, this collection of 19 stories by SFWA Grand Master Haldeman (Earthbound) features several tales that bring out his ability to wrap hard science speculation with deep human feeling. “Seasons,” an experiment in multiple viewpoints, uses biology to trump anthropology, as human observers on a primitive world race to escape a cyclical sacrificial rite. “The Hemingway Hoax” (winner of the 1990 Hugo and Nebula Awards) braids a looped-time narrative that binds up an academic, a transdimensional time guardian, and Hemingway’s legendary lost manuscripts. With equal facility at lesser lengths, Haldeman spins a taut story of haunted military morticians (“Graves”) and a short-short of a virtual penal system that shows how the most escape-proof prison lies inside one’s imagination (“Complete Sentence”). Fans of his novels will enjoy seeing the early works that inspired his classic The Forever War (“Hero”) and his Heinlein-inflected Marsbound series (“The Mars Girl”). (Apr.)
Library Journal
From the tense, military action of "Hero," the basis for Haldeman's award-winning classic The Forever War, to the horrific short story detailing the prison of the future, "Complete Sentence," the 19 pieces collected here bear witness to the brilliant and hard-hitting prose of one of today's most significant sf voices. Haldeman's contributions to the genre cover a lot of ground and vary from the action-heavy period-piece "Manifest Destiny," set in 19th-century Mexico, to the complicated, multilayered "The Hemingway Hoax." VERDICT Including both an introduction to the book and individual prefaces to each story by the author, this important collection belongs in most libraries and in the homes of Haldeman's fans and sf lovers in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596065260
Publisher:
Subterranean Press
Publication date:
03/28/2013
Edition description:
Deluxe
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

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