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Forever War (S.F. Masterworks) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Joe Haldeman
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21. Januar 1999 S.F. Masterworks
Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero, drafted into an elite military unit to fight in a distant interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. Mandella will perform his duties and, as he survives, rise through the ranks, but his greatest test will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the effects of relativity, every time he comes home after a few months' tour of duty, centuries have gone by on Earth, making him and his fellows ever more isolated from the world for whose future they are fighting.

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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gollancz; Auflage: Re-issue (21. Januar 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1857988086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988086
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 13 x 2,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 173.206 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"Today we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man." The first line of this 1974 sf war story still grabs hard: The Forever War, winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards, is a fine choice to launch Millennium's "SF Masterworks" series of classic reissues. Future soldier William Mandella's service in the interstellar "Forever War" chillingly echoes Vietnam, where Joe Haldeman was severely wounded and won the Purple Heart. Afterwards, many real-life veterans found themselves distanced and alienated from US society: thanks to starflight's time dislocations, Mandella returns from weeks or months of combat duty to an Earth which after centuries of change is no longer his home. Though armed with increasingly futuristic weaponry--laser fingers, nova bombs, stasis fields--the infantry still suffers the long agonising waits, the sudden flurry and horror of battle, the shock of loss in a futile war without glory or glamour. But there's still room for tenderness, and for a satisfying ending as the cruel equations of relativistic time finally work in Mandella's favour. Incidentally, this is the first full British edition. When The Forever War was serialised, the magazine editor vetoed one section; it was omitted from the 1974 novel and is now restored. Highly recommended. --David Langford


"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."
--Iain M. Banks, author of Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, Matter

"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

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Moving and fascinating 3. Juli 2001
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A very moving story about the tragedy and stupidity of war, a war that lasts over a thousand years for the people on Earth and only a couple of decades for the combatants, due to relativity. (Read the Synopsis above.)
If you liked 'Starship Troopers' -the book, not the film- you will most probably enjoy 'The Forever War'. It is easily and quickly read, still making you think about it, though. Don't misunderstand me, that the book is 'flat'; it delivers its message powerfully enough. The story has no more, no less than it needs to be good, gripping and provocative. It just probably doesn't go into enough details for people who only like epic stories such as 'Dune'.
This edition is the definitive version as originally written by the author, with a preface by him explaining a little about his intentions while writing the story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fast, furious, humane and brilliant 18. Juni 2001
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After all my years of SF-reading The Forever War still belongs to my personal top five books, easily up there with Dune, Neuromancer and Hyperion. But while those all take the brainy approach, Haldeman goes straight to the guts. It's still very intelligent, mind you, but it's story doesn't flow a second slower because of that. It's pacifistic without being preachy, perhaps remotely comparable to Kubrick's approach in "Full Metal Jacket".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Space 'Nam 18. Januar 2000
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"The Forever War" is authored by a Vietnam Veteran who uses the colorful setting of the future "Forever" War as an allegory for The 'Nam and the feelings of its vets. This powerful book grabs the reader quickly and throws him straight into the first-person world of William Mandela, would-be physics professor turned soldier by the Earth's military fight alien Taurans in a war with nebulous origins. Due to complications posed by relativity, each time the combatants engage, the battle is completely lopsided because one race will have the technological advantages endowed by time on their side. For example, if Earth sends a mission that takes 300 years for the mission to reach it's goal, the enemy already had 300 years to prepare and upgrade defenses, so the mission's tech is obsolete. Then, if the Taurans attack our outpost, the same thing happens. With no communication between the two races, no chance of winning, but the ever present chance of defeat, an eternal war is created. Halderman also captures the disorientation experienced by GIs who came back from horrific combat, and were expected to instantly adjust to 1960's "Ozzy and Harriet" American culture. The "Forever War" has a cynical ring that I instantly loved, as well as sublimely juxtaposing the positive and negative potentials of humans as individuals and a race. The military details are right on target, from the lingo and attitudes to soldiers' attitudes. Overall, I'd definitely recommend "The Forever War" to anyone with an interest in Sci-Fi. It'll also teach you about the motivations of warriors who turn peacemakers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A classic! 27. Juli 2000
A science fiction classic. Haldeman's book chronicles a war between humankind and a race of aliens. Haldeman stays true to modern physics: since warriors must travel great distances (with the help of relativistic worm hole trickery), they age only a few years while hundreds of years elapse back on earth. Thus, soldiers find themselves returning from battle to earth generations after their families have passed away, and political changes have rendered their reasons for fighting moot. A tremendous story and very satisfying to the scientifically minded.
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Most military science fiction novels are written as a series of books. Some, like Starship Troopers and The Forever War, are stand alones. The Forever War is a short book, but Haldeman is a brilliant storyteller. He gives it a depth most books need 400 to 900 to attain. Also, you actually care about the characters. Let me tell you people, there is not one part of this classic book that lets it's reader down. It completely blew me away. For more good military scifi, read David Feintuch's Hope novels, starting with Midshipman's Hope.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Still the perfect antithesis to Starship Troopers 23. Juni 1998
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Amazingly enough, I first came across this book in 1984, when it was assigned by some enlightened member of the Dept. of English faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, of all places. Having previously read Starship Troopers and having frankly reveled in its portayal of interstellar war as a glorious pursuit, I was at first put off by the obvious Vietnam allusions and antiwar sentiments of this work. Upon further examination, gained mostly through age and perspective, I find this a far superior work (no disrespect intended to the late Mr. Heinlein). Prior to hearing the professor's lecture in which he recounted Haldeman's Vietnam experience, it was apparent that this book had been written by one who had been there and seen the horrors of war up close and personal (I, of course, had not). I was particularly impressed and touched by the use of relativity to unequivocally emphasize the fact that the few survivors of the war could (literally and figuratively) never go back home again and they must make the best of the life they build for themselves after. Finally, this version of the book, with the original restored middle section, merely improves on this unforgettable work of Mr. Haldeman's. The fact that it is the sole reading assignment I remember from my Air Force Academy days (along with Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence) is faint praise. A true classic in the genre of science fiction and a masterpiece of cautionary literature.
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Vielmehr gibt es hierzu nicht zu sagen, Forwever War ist mit der beste SF der Literaturgeschichte. Eine großartige Geschichte die noch lange nachwirkt.
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