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The Forever War (English Edition)

The Forever War (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Haldeman , John Scalzi
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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

"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


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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too much barracks time, too little action. And weird social theories...
Guy joins the army, guy gets send to different planet at relativistic speed. Guy returns, finds earth changed. Repeat a few times, add cheesy happy-end. Book ends. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great book
I am working my way through the best of sci-fi lists that are posted on the net. This here definitely deserves to be amongst the best.It was fast, insightful and entertaining.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you like intelligent science fiction read this book!
The characters are quite dry, but the story is really quite something. I think the book is a little dated (technologically), but does a wonderful job playing with the ideas of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 3 Monaten von Mike veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, zum Nachdenken und gut geschrieben
Ein Klassiker, auf den ich spät gestoßen bin. Ein gesichtsloser Feind, ein Held, der keiner sein will und Science Fiction, die sich nicht in technische Einzelheiten... Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 7 Monaten von Bürgerschreck veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen Nur teilweise für die Ewigkeit geschaffen
Der erste Kontakt mit nichtmenschlichen Leben verläuft, wie erwartet, nicht sonderlich positiv. Lesen Sie weiter...
Vor 8 Monaten von Jan-niklas Bersenkowitsch veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Krieg ist doof - und Zeit eine Grenze
Der ewige Krieg – und er ist tatsächlich fast ewig: über tausend Jahre. Nur nicht für den Protagonisten Mandella, der das von Anfang an erlebt – dank der... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must read for sci-fi fans!
Started this book after being recommended by a friend and to be frank I was more a fantasy genre reader . So I was like , let me finish and see how it is. Lesen Sie weiter...
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Vor 12 Monaten von Michael Motal veröffentlicht
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Wer fit im englischen ist sollte diese Version auf jeden Fall lesen. Für Alle anderen kann ich es nicht unbedingt empfehlen weil doch recht viele Vokabeln vorkommen die heute... Lesen Sie weiter...
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