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, ...
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.
One of the true SF classics. I bought my copy, first edition, signed, for my son's birthday.
Oct 20, 2011
I don't mind happy endings, but the end of this novel seemed conveniently, implausibly happy to me. I wanted the lovers to get back together, but in a less-definite sort of way (a la the ending of Old Man's War). It's hard to explain. Still good, though.
Apr 29, 2010
Timeless (!) Classic
In the decades since TFW was published, a lot has happened, but the story remains as fresh and relevant as ever. Anyone serious about SF should read TFW, along with Heinlein's Starship Troopers, Harrison's Bill the Galactic Hero, and Scalzi's Old Man's War.
Jan 7, 2010
Among other skills, Haldeman is a master of time dilation. The Forever War takes place over a span of more than 3,000 years; yet it's nicely contained in a quickly read story that combines future, past and present in the life of a soldier in the armed forces of the United Nations of Earth, at war with a clone army of a distant civilization that has been at peace for more than 1,500 earth years. This story uses physics in amazing yet understandable ways. It is a treasure and a must read for any who enjoy the SciFi genre.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-12-07 The first part of a three-volume adaptation of Haldeman's Nebula Award-winning SF novel presents a gripping tale with disturbing echoes of the Vietnam war, in which Haldeman was wounded. After a colony spacecraft from Earth is mysteriously destroyed, America prepares for the first time to engage extraterrestrial life in combat. William Mandella is one of a small, elite force trained and sent across millions of miles of space to attack an enemy base. The author vividly recreates the tedium, stupidity, terror and destruction of combat. The soldiers' first encounter turns into a bloody massacre of unarmed aliens, an act which leaves Mandella ``horrified at the prospect of living with myself for sixty more years,'' and which sets the stage for the beginning of a war with no end in sight. Marvano and Marchand combine their talents to create a complex technological environment and an alien planet battleground, both represented with distinctive spare line work and a limited but rich palette. (Jan . )
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