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 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...
داستانی که در اول بچگانه و مسخره به نظر میرسید به کجاها که نرسید. و «ویلیام ماندلا» که با این همه مشکل، از پسِ ۱۱۴۳ سال جنگ برآمد و به «مریگی پاتر»ی رسید که این همه دوستش داشت؛ خوش به حالش، خوش به حال هردوشان
Sci-fi military at it's best about.A senseless war that lasts centuries due to time dilation of space travel at light speed and beyond. This time dilation makes for some interesting times when soldiers return as for them only months have passed while on Earth years have passed. It also makes for int...
A quick read. I'm surprising myself a bit by remarking on this, but The Forever War just didn't create much of an emotional connection to its characters. Starship Troopers was a much more engaging read. [spoiler] It was two stars, and then it killed the cat. Plus the whole reprogramming homosexual...
This is, simply put, one of the best books I have ever read. It's deceptively well written. Although the prose is fairly straightforward, it seamlessly meshes hard science fiction, space opera, military SF, and what I think of as "soft SF" (science fiction that maintains a focus on the so-called "...