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The Forever War: The science fiction classic and thought-provoking critique of war

Joe Haldeman

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S.F. Masterworks, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Science fiction

One of the very best must-read SF novels of all time.

Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero in an interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy.

But his greatest test will be when he returns home.

Relativity means that for every few months' tour of duty centuries have passed on Earth, isolating the combatants ever more from the world for whose future they are fighting.

The Earth he knew is dead. The one he returns to . . . unrecognisable.

Winner of the Nebula, Locus and Hugo awards, The Forever War was the first title selected for the SF Masterworks series when it launched in 1999. Inspired by Haldeman's experience in the Vietnam War, it has been seen as a critical work of anti-war SF.

'This is an enraged and enraging classic that deserves a place alongside Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter as an expression of the pain caused by Vietnam'- Guardian
'The book is near perfect'- infinity plus
'This book is not only one of the best military science fiction books ever written, but is one of the finest works of modern American literature' - Tordotcom

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Praise for The Forever War: The science fiction classic and thought-provoking critique of war

  • A book that's near perfect. A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years - Peter F. Hamilton

  • It is to the Vietnam War what CATCH-22 was to World War II, the definitive, bleakly comic satire - Thomas M. Disch

  • An engrossing, poignant epic - SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

  • A brilliant novel - BOOKLIST

  • A vastly entertaining trip - NEW YORK TIMES

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Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943 and studied physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded and won a Purple Heart. The Forever War was his first SF novel and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, a feat which The Forever Peace repeated. He is also the author of, among others, Mindbridge, All My Sins Remembered, Worlds, Worlds Apart and Worlds Enough and Time.

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