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Forever Peace

byJoe Haldeman

Mass Market Paperback | September 8, 1998

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2043 A.D.: The Ngumi War rages. A burned-out soldier and his scientist lover discover a secret that could put the universe back to square one. And it is not terrifying. It is tempting...
Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose classic novels The Forever War and Forever Peace both have the rare honor of winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Title:Forever PeaceFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 6.7 × 4.2 × 0.9 inPublished:September 8, 1998Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0441005667

ISBN - 13:9780441005666

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking Science fiction isn't my favourite genre when it comes to books, but I actually found "Forever Peace" by Joe Haldeman to be pretty good. It was definitely interesting, painting a future that could very well be our own, where advanced machines are part of everyday life and used to fight wars. When I first began reading I was worried that the story would mainly focus on the setting or the plot. However, I was happy to discover that it also concentrated on the main characters a lot as well, and being the type of person who has to have some character development in a book, it made me capable of reading it from beginning to end. The plot itself is very absorbing. Though the first half of the novel is used to display the futuristic society, revealing a world that is being torn apart by war, the action is developed near the end and leads to a surprising end. The themes presented in this book are very thought provoking. They touch on human nature a lot and explore the numerous emotions that people are both plagued and blessed with, making the story that much more meaningful.
Date published: 2009-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good action, degenerates to unbelievable Haldeman mentions this book is not a literal sequel to Forever War, but a sequel in spirit. For the first 150 pages, it is - high tech soldiers fighting in a futuristic war. The setup is good, the sci fi believable, and the action entertaining. The interest generated by the action is maintained throughout the book. Unfortunately, the sci fi and believability break down spectacularly. The scientific breakthrough at the heart of the story has to do with bringing humans into the next level of evolution. When an alien intellegence brings one human to the next level of evolution in 2001, it's believable. When scientists plan to force it onto an unwilling populace, it's rediculous. Thus, the last 200 pages of this book with a cadre of scientists working their way through this utterly impossible plan is unbelievable. Another flaw is the narration, half 1st person and half 3rd person. In first person books you should be allowed into the thoughts of the narrator. Isn't that the point? In this book, when Haldeman wants to spring a surprise on us, he switches to 3rd person, then back to first for the surprise. It's a manipulative gimmick. You can't trust (or like) the main character because of it. Although it's better than a lot of other Nebula/Hugo award winners, it's also a lot worse than some of them, including Forever War.
Date published: 2000-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Forever Peace A quite good read especially for those who enjoy other Haldeman or Heinlein books. This book is NOT part of the Forever War/Forever Free series and Haldeman states that in the books foreward. Still a really good read.
Date published: 2000-06-26

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Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for The Forever War, Joe Haldeman is back with the equally powerful, Forever Peace. It’s 2043 and the Ngumi war rages, fought by machines run by soldiers miles away. Julian Class is one of these soldiers and for him war has turned out to be total hell. The psychological stress of being "jacked-in" to his machine and the genocidal results are becoming too much for him. Now he and his lover, Dr. Amelia Harding, have made a frightening discovery that could put the universe back to the very beginning.