Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Forever War

Author: Joe Haldeman Publication Date: 1974 Category: Science Fiction, American Fiction, War Who'll want to read it? Sci-fi buffs and war fiction fans, especially of the Vietnam War Point of no return: "'Tonight we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man.' The guy who said that was a sergeant who didn't look five years older than me. So if he'd ever killed a man in combat, silently or otherwise, he'd done it as an infant." Classic line: "I suspected that the next time humans met Taurans in ground combat, we would be more evenly matched. And I was right." What's it all about? Humanity is at war with the mysterious Taurans. Faster than light travel is achieved by sling-shotting around certain types of stars: only trouble is, doing so sends you into the future anywhere from ten to a hundred years. Haldeman creates a brilliant allegory for the Vietnam war, with soldiers returning to Earth finding a world utterly alien to them. The only comfort they can find is in the military they hate so much. This book is a must-read for any sci-fi fan, and for any war buff who wants an insight into the emotional conflicts of the American soldier who served in Vietnam. Publisher: Millennium

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