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One of the very best science fiction novels of all time. An intelligent and thought provoking allegory for the Vietnam War.
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.
Readers can’t stop thinking about The Forever War: ‘More than just a book about a futuristic war, Haldeman describes a society built around the codependency of the industrial military complex and with a fluid dynamic socio-economic culture that is fascinating to watch unfold‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘A hugely important story from a very human angle . . . It will come as no surprise that this was written as a reaction to America’s war in Vietnam‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘Catch-22 is often cited as one of the great books about the futility and inherent paradoxes of war. I think this is easily its equal‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘This book is a masterpiece, both as a straight-up science fiction story, but also as an allegory for the horrors and hopelessness of war‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘This is military-flavoured bootcamp-to-war Science Fiction in its finest form, as refreshing and thought provoking as it no doubt was when it was released in 1974 . . . a landmark classic of Science Fiction‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
‘Haldeman’s story touched on a number of different themes (the horrors of war and those of personal traumatic injury, loneliness, alienation, loss, cultural indoctrination, and societal change over time) . . . a really good sci-fi classic‘ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'Military science fiction comes in many flavours, and Joe Haldeman's is every bit as satisfying as Heinlein's.'