The Forever War, a military science fiction classic [NOOK Book]

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A THOUSAND YEAR CONFLICT. ONE SOLDIER LIVES THROUGH IT ALL. CAN HE MAINTAIN HIS HUMANITY?

The Forever War is a science fiction classic that chronicles the life of William Mandella. Due to the time distortion associated with deep space travel, he is present during both the first and the last battle of a thousand year old conflict with the alien Taurans. A masterpiece of not just science fiction, The Forever ...
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Overview

A THOUSAND YEAR CONFLICT. ONE SOLDIER LIVES THROUGH IT ALL. CAN HE MAINTAIN HIS HUMANITY?

The Forever War is a science fiction classic that chronicles the life of William Mandella. Due to the time distortion associated with deep space travel, he is present during both the first and the last battle of a thousand year old conflict with the alien Taurans. A masterpiece of not just science fiction, The Forever War illustrates the futility of all wars and their effect on the human soul.
The Forever War won all major science fiction awards including the Hugo, Nebula and Locus. Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien, is currently adapting this classic for film.

This is the author's preferred version and includes a foreword by John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War.

REVIEWS
"If there was a Fort Knox for science fiction, we'd have to lock Joe Haldeman up and throw away the key." - Steven King

"The 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

“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.” — Iain Banks

JOE HALDEMAN'S LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
2010 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement
2009 Robert A. Heinlein Award
2004 Southeastern Science Fiction Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 New England Science Fiction Association Skylark Award (along with Gay Haldeman)
1989 Interzone Poll All Time Best Science Fiction Author

LITERARY AWARDS
2005 Nebula: Best Novel (Camouflage)
2004 Southeastern SF Achievement Award: Novel (Camouflage)
2004 James Tiptree Award (Camouflage)
2002 Asimov’s Reader Poll: Poem (January Fires)
2001 Rhysling Award: Long Poem (January Fires)
1999 Spanish Science Fiction Association Ignotus: Best Novel (Forever Peace)
1998 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (Forever Peace)
1998 Hugo: Best Novel (Forever Peace)
1998 Nebula: Best Novel (Forever Peace)
1997 Locus: Collection (None so Blind)
1995 Hugo: Short Story (None So Blind)
1995 Homer: Short Story (None So Blind)
1995 Science Fiction Chronicle Reader Awards (None So Blind)
1994 Southeastern SF Achievement Award: Short Story (Faces)
1994 Nebula: Best Short Story (Graves)
1993 World Fantasy Award: Best Short Story (Graves)
1991 Hugo: Best Novella (The Hemingway Hoax)
1991 Rhysling Award: Short Poem (Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh)
1991 Nebula: Best Novella (The Hemingway Hoax)
1984 Rhysling Award: Long Poem (Saul’s Death)
1979 Analog Analytic Laboratory: Science Fact (This Space for Rent)
1977 Hugo: Short Story (Tricentennial)
1977 Locus: Short Story (Tricentennial)
1976 Hugo: Best Novel (The Forever War)
1976 Locus: Best Novel (The Forever War)
1976 Ditmar Award (The Forever War)
1976 Nebula: Best Novel (The Forever War)
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Editorial Reviews

Greg Bear
“The 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.”
Iain Banks
“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
“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.”
William Gibson
“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.”
Steven King
“If there was a Fort Knox for science fiction, we’d have to lock Joe Haldeman up and throw away the key.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012827791
  • Publisher: Ridan Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/6/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 12,045
  • File size: 1,022 KB

Meet the Author

Joe Haldeman is a Science Fiction Grand Master whose body of work spans more than thirty-five years and comprises more than twenty-five novels and five collections. His writing has been translated into nineteen foreign languages. Joe has also collaborated with his brother, science fiction writer Jack C. Haldeman II. Joe Haldeman is one of the most award winning authors. His awards include: five Hugos, five Nebulas, four Locus Awards, and three Rhyslings.

Born in Oklahoma City in 1943, Joe traveled extensively as a child. He was drafted in 1968 and served in Vietnam where he was wounded, receiving a Purple Heart. Joe has drawn on his first-hand experiences from war as an inspiration for much of his military science fiction. Joe Haldeman holds a BS in astronomy and physics from the University of Maryland and a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Joe is currently a professor with MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Joe has maintained a continuous string of SF bestsellers since the original publication of The Forever War, and he is widely acknowledged as a key mentor figure to many of the current generation's top science fiction stars.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

    Brilliant

    I could not believe no one has left a review for this book, I read it years ago before the advent of the nook, it is one of those books that you read in one night because you cannot put it down. You could just call it Military SF but it is much more , as in Starship Trooper is much more than a book about Soldiers set in the future. If you like Trooper you should like this one.
    Enjoy

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2012

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    I first bought this book as a paperback in the early 1980s. It i

    I first bought this book as a paperback in the early 1980s. It is one of the first I purchased for my Nook Color, and I re-read it at lest once every couple of years. Aside from the science fiction - and the science is surprisingly good - this is a book that any combat veteran can identify with. A warrior from any generation or any conflict will understand the emotions and problems of the characters. I am sure others will "get it" as well, but my viewpoint is, as you may suspect, that of a combat veteran. (USMC since 1967) It is definitely on my Must Read list.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

    Words Cannot Describe...

    ...How great this book is. Incredibly fascinating.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Absolutely Fascinating - a must read for space travel fans!

    To start off, I'm a huge fan of space travel, exploration, time travel and war books. I find the Vietnam war especially fascinating which makes this read even more intriguing. Haldeman uses an onslaught of literary genius by morphing all 4 of these categories together into one unique classic. Based on his experience and emotion during and after the vietnam war, this book will take you with Haldeman into the depths of a soldiers psyche during the longest war in the history of man kind and show you what the future might bring. This excellent book reads like an old war novel, flowing from page to page with action, romance and adventure - The Forever War is a must read for all sci-fi and war fans alike!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Excellent, succinct novel

    If you liked the "Old Man's War" by John Scalazi you will like this book. The most recent edition include a forward from John Scalazi noting the extreme similarities between the forever war and his series, noting that even though the forever war came first, two very similar concepts can emerge independent of each other (The Forever War significantly predates the Old Man's War). The highlights include incredibly succinct story telling, building a world without wasting time on trivial discussions or descriptions which has become a hallmark of much modern writing. The book keeps you gripped with a well paced story and communicates the emotional state of the protagonist as well as the stories political message (very relevant for the past 10 years, just as it was 30 years ago). I would recommend this book, a significant departure from the one other Joe Haldeman book I have read.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    Disgusted with myself...

    .... for taking this long to read it.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

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    Worth every penny!

    An excellent book. It makes you think about war. What is it good for?!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Cannot put down

    Engaging story

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    One of the best of all time

    This book i have read 20times or more in the last 15 years. Well writen

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    CAPTIVATING!!

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS BOOK! HAS EVERYTHING GOING FOR IT, SCI-FI SPACE VOYAGES, FUTURISTIC WORLDS, ROMANCE, UP-DOWNS AND A SOME GRUFF ROUGH AND TUMBLE BATTLES... COULDNT GET ENOUGH... 5 STARS!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    I read this book back in the summer of 1981 and it's one of my a

    I read this book back in the summer of 1981 and it's one of my all time favorite sci fi novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Loved it

    Turn pager

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Fantastic

    The best book in its genre, hugely creative, intelligent, and masterfully written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Really enjoyed it

    A good 'hard' scifi book, with space battles, the examination of time effects due to high speed travel...and a nice love story as well. Would definitely recommend it. This was my first Haldeman book, and I'll definitely read more of his works.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    KITTENS

    THEY ARE BABY CATS

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2013

    Incredibly Great SciFi

    I read this at a young age, and was born late enough that I never even thought to connect it to the Vietnam War, and was even unaware the author was a Veteran. In fact, to this day, I usually avoid learning about an author. It lets more things surprize me, and knowing about the author colors my experience of the story.

    Besides, I find a good percentage of the Authors I love hold personal views I find abhorrent, which would make enjoying their stories more difficult. (I don't know anything about this author that would make enjoying his works more difficult, but I only ever read the stuff in the forwords and introductions, which I'm sure are usually homoginized so to offend noone. And often add interesting context for the story.)

    But anyway, I don't know if I can call this book my all-time favorite (I'm on the wrong side of 40, and began reading at the age of 4, so my likes, opinions and perspectives have changed greatly in that time), but it is definately up there in the list of "One of the Very Best Books I've Ever Read".

    I really don't have a higher rating than that.

    I would really like to read more about the the Forever War times, and am sure that there are a lot of good stories that other characters could tell. Unfortunately the best stories are often something the author NEEDS to tell, and once he's excized those demons can be lothe to waken them again.

    Anyway: Read it, you won't be dissapointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    Finished "The Forever War"...

    By Joe Haldeman. Fantastic read! What kind of rock have I been under for all these years to have not read this yet?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    A good classic never dies

    It doesn't matter that this war is on the space, it doesn't matter what the subject is. War is always war, and Haldeman paints it with its crude language. Don't expect nice words or a promise of a better world for tomorrow.
    The characters are of the best-credible soldiers I've read about.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

    Awresome

    Really good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Great book

    This book was triple reccomended to me by friends and rightfully so. It was soo gripping i finished it in a weekend. Please note that the one bad review comes from a conspiricy theorist who has not read the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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