The Forever War
"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... show more
"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
Publish date: September 1st 2003
Pages no: 278
Edition language: English
Series: The Forever War (#1)
This was a science fiction read that was an allegory of the Vietnam War. If you didn't get that it was an allegory, the last chapter certainly hammers home the point. I thought there were some interesting concepts about potential future societies and it did not take itself too seriously so I enjoyed...
The first time I read The Forever War was when I was in University. While I was first reading it, it didn't make an impression until after I put it down and I found myself thinking about it for a long time afterwards. I have now read it several times, and each time I get something new from it. The...
I went in to reading this graphic novel adaptation of The Forever War knowing surprisingly little about the story. I haven’t yet read the original novels. I have read a work inspired by it (Old Man’s War) and loved it, though. Keep that in mind when reading my review, as fans of the original novel m...
This book is a little hard to rate. My three-star rating is based more on my level of enjoyment while reading the book than on its merit as a work of classic military science fiction. My interest fluctuated and, despite that it’s only 278 pages, I started to get particularly impatient with it in t...
I found this an entertaining read even though I believe that what I found interesting this time was quite a bit different than my first read 30 years ago. Their was much less action scenes than remembered and quite a bit more of character study and political message from the author which is what hel...