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Forever Free (English Edition)

Forever Free (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Haldeman
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You can't lose for winning--especially, it would seem, if you're Joe Haldeman. Suffering the same fate as many an author who's dared to pen unconventional sequels to a ferociously loved book (in this case, The Forever War), Haldeman has risked the ire of his many devoted admirers a second time (the first sequel was the award-spangled Forever Peace). But Haldeman's call--not too surprisingly--proves to be a deft one, giving us a book that, while significantly different from its predecessor, turns out to be equally captivating and sensitive, in many ways even more thought-provoking. (Sure, it doesn't match The Forever War for sheer impact, but then again, what does?)

As in The Forever War, the heart of this story is the dry, ironic bite of fighting-suit vet William Mandella, now middle-aged and a parent (along with his love and comrade-in-arms Marygay) to two teen-aged kids. The family leads a spartan life on the cold and desolate planet Middle Finger, which serves as a sort of genetic safe-deposit box for the current incarnation of humanity, an inhuman race of group-mind clones known as Man. But the animals in the zoo are getting restless, and a core group of vets led by William and Marygay plot an unusual escape: hijacking a reconditioned time ship and using it to take a 40,000 light-year tour (over 10 years of their own time) to rejoin the world they know only after 2,000 generations have passed. Much of the action involves the hatching and fruition of this plot, but Haldeman doesn't really mix things up until nearing the end, when he dissolves physics as we know it and calls down the wrath of God itself. --Paul Hughes


William Mandela is a genetic throwback, one of the small group of humans who fought and survived the Forever War. They returned to find humanity has evolved into a group mind called Man. Surrounded by a society that is too autocratic and intrusive, living a dull existence which cannot compare to the certainties of combat and feeling increasingly alienated, the veterans plan an escape to the future by means of space travel and relativity. But when their ship starts to fail, their journey becomes a search for the Unknown, the elusive entity responsible.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 331 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 195 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gateway; Auflage: New edition (29. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Forever Failed 16. Juli 2000
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I loved reading Joe Haldeman's seminal science fiction novel Forever War, and I enjoyed his award-winning Forever Peace. I picked up Forever Free with the expectation that this sequel to Forever War would relive the issues of the original novel. I had hoped it would follow up on Haldeman's observations about science, war, sociology, and psychology. Unfortunately, unlike FW and FP, this novel ignored those issues and presented a spiritual side (or at least as close as Haldeman is willing to offer) that the others didn't touch on.
Forever Free picks up several years after William and Marygay settle down on the ice planet Middle Finger. Their self-imposed ghetto separates them from the group minds of Man and Tauran, but their lives are constantly influenced by them as well. They don't like seeing their children grow up in this environment, and it has become clear that they are at a critical moment in history. The veterans old enough to remember the Forever War are getting too old to fight. If they are going to stand up to Man, it has to be soon.
The first half of the book is interesting, even if it seems padded at times. I had enjoyed the descriptions of life on Middle Finger with Man. I liked the conflict between Mandella and his son. I even liked the Man sheriff and the Tauran ambassador, but Haldeman appears to use them as stock figures - when he remembered to mention them at all.
There comes a moment when the book ceases to be about revolution and evolution and becomes something of a whodunit. I disliked this part of the book. Haldeman may not be the best SF writer out there, but FW and FP were based on science. Some of it was hand-waved, but there were always scientific principles behind everything.
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The story picks up a while after the end of Forever War. The characters are now firmly entrenched in a dead end life and want out.
The first third of the story is them getting out. The second third of the story is what the encounter on the way. The last third of the story is, well, you'll have to judge for yourself, but I was quite surprised at by the ending. The main characters are shown that not only is everything they've ever known wrong, but that the person who has been running the show all along doesn't really understand what's going on, either. In one sense, this can be thought of as a metaphor for what an author might experience when a story takes on a life of its own and does things that are beyond simple writing controls.
Honestly, it gave me the feeling the author has more in mind, as the book's ending didn't really feel like an ending so much as an epiphany.
The Forever War was, really, an astounding novel. Forever Free may, as time passes, be seen in the same light.
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As a great fan of Joe Haldeman I might be a little biased here. I loved the Forever War, and I read Forever Free with great relish. It is near to equaling the great masterpiece, but the style is different. It is older, wiser, and stranger. I don't quite rate it as high as some of Joe's other books, but I would highly recommend it just the same. You do need to read Forever War first (and believe me everyone should) , and once you do you will *have* to read this book, so go to it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Intriguing, well-written sequel 29. Februar 2000
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A second sequel to his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels "The Forever War" and "Forever Peace", Haldeman's "Forever Free" is narrated by the former fighting-suit vet William Mandella, now married to his old love and fellow soldier, Marygay, and with two half-grown kids.
Mandella conceives a plan to hijack a spaceship and come back 40,000 years later (10 years of aging) to see if the world has become a better place for rugged individualists like him.
During the war, while the soldiers were off fighting, Earth took genetic engineering to a new level, becoming genetically identical and forming a group consciousness they call "Man." Veterans opting not to be sterilized (as genetic inferiors) and join the "Tree" of shared minds have been exiled to a bleak planet called Middle Finger where the dominant season is winter. The Tree regards the unimproved humans as a pool of genetic diversity in case of unforseen catastrophe and keeps them closely monitored.
After several setbacks partly engineered by the alien Taurans - formerly an enemy group mind, now allied with the Tree - the plan goes forward. But, while the highjack succeeds, the mission fails. Strange malfunctions, defying the laws of physics, force them to abandon ship and return to Middle Finger 24 years after they left. But the place is in ruins and the people have vanished . Lively, well-written and provocative, "Forever Free" tantalizes with mystery and absorbs the reader into a detailed culture complete with history, youthful rebellion (Mandella's son joins the Tree), and a truly unpleasant habitat, clearly of artificial origin. Haldeman avoids stereotyping his characters and integrates action into the narrative rather than the other way 'round.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen To stop war, make men gods 28. Februar 2000
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The Forever War didn't last forever. Now everyone who survived is a living fossil, building a dispirited human colony on the frozen and dull god-forsaken world known as Middle Finger as an alternative to joining the multi-brained group mind called Man which inhabits every human being on Earth. William Mandella and his wife Marygay find that their midlife crisis is going to be as unique as their youth, as fish-farming icy waters palls and the colony seems more and more like a cage of lab rats. Their children are flirting with joining Man's collective mind, and Man himself is intrusive and superior. Time for a road trip in a fast machine, and one more big time loop for the veterans seems in order; a leap into the future when Man is either improved or gone altogether. Man thinks it's a good idea, but the Tauran group-mind recoils in horror from such a violation of physics. The trip is made anyway, but ends disastrously. The entire fabric of the universe seems to be disintegrating as the veterans search an empty world for clues. Haldeman is always concerned with human nature: why do we fight? why do we live in peace? The very kind of group-understanding and mind-sharing that is mankind's hope at the end of _Forever Peace_ is depicted as a dead-end here in the identical 'zombies' of Man. Will the things that make us human destroy us in the end? Can we change? SHOULD we change? Perhaps some Deus Ex Machina will drop in on a string and tell us one day, or maybe we'll figure it out by reading Haldeman.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Forever free different, but equally good
I don't see what the big fuss is about. Sure FF is alot different from FW, but what did you expect? FF is about a man's struggle within himself to want to experience the future. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Kevin Villegas
1.0 von 5 Sternen Some things are best left to the imagination...
.... When the publisher/editor(whomever is responsible) goes against the author and names his previous work, the "Forever Peace", as the sequel to the "Forever... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Juni 2000 von Nado Mundo
3.0 von 5 Sternen If your cat remarked on the cold weather outside...
...would you offer it tea? Probably not (or at least not until yourheart had remembered to start beating again). But if you were acharacter in this book, you just might. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Mai 2000 von Grinfin
4.0 von 5 Sternen All about parameters
no guns sf. Interesting about limits of who we are. Only critisms is that three books have forever in there title. Hovever Haldemans concepts are readable and provoking. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. Mai 2000 von S J. West
1.0 von 5 Sternen A TERRIBLE book by a GREAT writer
I hate to say this, as I'm a huge Haldeman fan (loved Forever Peace) but Forever Free is a terrible book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 18. Mai 2000 von mcginn62
1.0 von 5 Sternen Free of Ideas
Where do you go from up? This seems to be Haldeman's problem. After the astonishing "The Forever War," what do you do for a follow-up? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. April 2000 von KS
3.0 von 5 Sternen Great writing trapped in a fragmented plot
Haldeman's Forever War and Forever Peace solidified my taste for his writing style, so I was looking forward to Forever Free. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 31. März 2000 von Gary Tyson
5.0 von 5 Sternen Forever Weird
As I age, I find the universe becomes stranger and stranger. Was it always that way, or do I just notice it more these days? Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2000 von Pantagruel
2.0 von 5 Sternen Forever Free of What?
I can't find a reason that Mr Haldeman would choose to revisit the characters of his classic "The Forever War" except that it must have been easier to use familiar faces... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2000 von Terry B. Allen
1.0 von 5 Sternen What a disappointment!
This book does not deserve to be by the same author and in the same series as "Forever War"
It feels like the author was in a rush to get this to the market. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. März 2000 von gcivil
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