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Haldeman, Joe

The Forever War

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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 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)
In the 1970s Joe Haldeman approached more than a dozen different publishers before he finally found one interested in The Forever War. The book went on to win both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, although a large chunk of the story had been cut out before it saw publication. Now Haldeman and Avon Books have released the definitive version of The Forever War, published for the first time as Haldeman originally intended. The book tells the timeless story of war, in this case a conflict between humanity and the alien Taurans. Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can't adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass. --Craig E. Engler