The Forever War by Joe HaldemanThe Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Forever War

byJoe Haldeman

Paperback | February 17, 2009

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The monumental Hugo and Nebula award winning SF classic-- Featuring a new introduction by John Scalzi

The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

A multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Joe Haldeman is an ultimate household name in science fiction. A Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient, since the original publication of The Forever War, Joe has maintined a continuous string of SF classics, and as a long-time Professor of Creative Writing at M.I.T., is widel...
Title:The Forever WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.24 × 5.47 × 0.82 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312536631

ISBN - 13:9780312536633


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful A powerful commentary on war - particularly Vietnam.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definition of military space opera Standard for all space opera novels. The book starts with a slow chapter, but keeps on piling the action and in-depth character development. You will want to read it again!!!
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stick with it, it gets better I must admit, the first half of this book too what seems forever! The pace was a little slow for me and I found myself putting it down and switching to other books several times. Once I resolved to finish it though it got much better. And when you get to the end you'll be glad you stuck with it!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyable If you're looking to get into reading military scifi this is a good place to start. (only complaint is this one throw away line that says women in the military can't refuse to have sex with the men. It's mentioned just once and never really explored and doesn't add anything to the story, so why is it even there? It's skeevy and kinda taints the rest of the book and seemed pointless to include over all)
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Military SF I think I'd recommend this to people who want to know what 'good' military science fiction is all about. I have no idea if this is the best but I think this would be the example by which most others take their inspiration. A soldier trapped in an endless war on exotic worlds against unknown aliens for dubious reasons. I really liked the changes on Earth that come up between Mandella's battles. Its something that I haven't come across in my experience, albeit limited, with military science fiction. So, at times, it becomes a fish-out-of-water story as Mandella deals with being hundreds of years old (depending on your point of reference).
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fantastic! This novel mirrors the experience of soldiers returning home from Vietnam, so if you are not a fan of sci-fi but prefer reading about history, I would highly recommend this one. The plot was intriguing, and the characters were well written. Really loved this one!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I won't ruin the story by explaining or going into detail about it. If you enjoy sci fi you will like this book guaranteed.  If you are not a sci fi fan I would still recommend it. It is not 1000 pages, it is a fairly easy read overall. Try it out, maybe you will have a new genre to enjoy.
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Phenomenal Science Fiction William is a conscript in a war he never wanted to join, against an enemy vast in inscrutability and distance. Thrust into battle through interstellar hops that leave time flashing by at an increased rate for the rest of the universe, he soon finds himself out-of-synch with both the battle and the world he left behind. Haldeman crafts a remarkably detailed world that William's character only gets to visit in pieces - imagine your life if every time you dropped by, decades had advanced; and to that, Haldeman also crafts a thrilling mystery in the plot of the war with the enigmatic alien race. The sociological progression and the actual war plot itself tangle and snarl, and William is left with an outsider's view on so much that he becomes a chilling voice to read. Rarely is science fiction done so well as this.
Date published: 2009-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me hooked on reading This is the first book Ihave read in 10 years and i just bought it by chance. It has got me hooked on reading and looking for another one like it!
Date published: 2009-05-21

Editorial Reviews

"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." -William Gibson, author of Neuromancer, Spook Country"There are a handful of moments when an American science fiction novel abruptly and seemingly effortlessly satisfied every possible expectation conveyed not only by the genre's ambitions, but of those of the whole literary landscape with which it was contemporary: Sturgeon's More Than Human, Dick's The Man In The High Castle, LeGuin's Dispossessed, Gibson's Neuromancer. The Forever War is one such book, and like those others still carries with it that air of recognition and possibility." -Jonathan Lethem, author of Gun With Occcasional Music, Fortress of Solitude"Perhaps the most important war novel written since Vietnam . . . Haldeman, a veteran, is a flat-out visionary . . . and protagonist William Mandella's attempt to survive and remain human in the face of an absurd almost endless war is harrowing hilarious heartbreaking and true . . . like all the best works of literature THE FOREVER WAR takes you apart and then, before you can turn that last page, puts you back together: better, wiser, more human. Simply extraordinary." -Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"If there was a Fort Knox for Science Fiction writers, we'd have to lock Joe Haldeman up." -Stephen King, author of The Shining, The Dead Zone, The Stand"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, author of The Long Legged Fly, Drive, Cripple Creek"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, author of Moving Mars, Eon, The Forge of God"A parable whose lessons are needful learning once more." -John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War, The Ghost Brigades, Zoe's Tale"I first read this twenty years ago and have never forgotten the wonder and fury it kindled at the time. Anyone who talks about the glory of war has obviously never read it. A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years, as told by one grunt who lives through it all. Only a writer as skillfull and knowledgeable as Haldeman could use war's dark glamour to lure the reader in and then deplou the sam fascination to show just what kind of effect this orchestrated barbarism can have on the human soul." -Peter F. Hamilton, author of Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained, The Dreaming Void"In a literature of ideas, The Forever War is a titan: a book filled with mind-bending ideas about relatavistic time-distortion and world-shaking ideas about the futility of war. In today's world, where we think declaring war on abstract nouns like TERROR is a winning strategy, we need THE FOREVER WAR." -Cory Doctorow, author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Little Brother X"It is to the Vietnam War what Catch-22 was to World War II, the definitive, bleakly comic satire." -Thomas M. Disch, author of Camp Concentration, 334"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." -James Sallis, author of The Long Legged Fly, Drive, Cripple Creek