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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

I only read of this book a few weeks ago, when it was referenced in a review of another writer's work. The Forever War, by Joe Haldemann, is set during a time when a war fought against a far-away enemy means that the soldier are subject to relativistic time effects and return home centuries after they left. The soldiers, men and women, who survive, find themselves returing to cultures nearly as alien as the one they were fighting. A great book; currently I'm reading the sequel, Forever Free - just as good.
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#2 User is offline   Amber Dekstris 

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:29 PM

Classic novel. I saw Haldeman (and many others, of course) when the World SF Convention was held in Melbourne. He signed my copy of Forever Peace. I was too dopey to think of actually taking novels down to Melb for authors to sign so had to buy some on-site...
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:27 AM

When was that? Sounds great. I've only eve met a couple of real live authors ever in my life.
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#4 User is offline   Roderick 

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:24 AM

View Postscotto, on 14 August 2012 - 07:37 AM, said:

I only read of this book a few weeks ago, when it was referenced in a review of another writer's work. The Forever War, by Joe Haldemann, is set during a time when a war fought against a far-away enemy means that the soldier are subject to relativistic time effects and return home centuries after they left. The soldiers, men and women, who survive, find themselves returing to cultures nearly as alien as the one they were fighting. A great book; currently I'm reading the sequel, Forever Free - just as good.

Sounds very interesting and I'm off to the local library; on a lighter side, soldiers nearly always return to a different culture; when I came home as a 20 year old, I asked my mother, at dinner, to pass the f---ing sauce.
She never turned a hair, an Army Officer had visited and warned my parents that their darling offspring would probably exhibit some traits nor expected in civil society.
Apparently the Army went to a great deal of effort to visit all the families before the troops got home. Never found this out till years later.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:46 AM

View PostRoderick, on 15 August 2012 - 08:24 AM, said:

Sounds very interesting and I'm off to the local library; on a lighter side, soldiers nearly always return to a different culture; when I came home as a 20 year old, I asked my mother, at dinner, to pass the f---ing sauce.
She never turned a hair, an Army Officer had visited and warned my parents that their darling offspring would probably exhibit some traits nor expected in civil society.
Apparently the Army went to a great deal of effort to visit all the families before the troops got home. Never found this out till years later.

I'd be interested to know if it's in your library system. In Newcastle it seems quite variable, especially when you get into genres like science fiction, and many very well known books are not there at all.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:26 PM

Scotto, 1999, I think
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Posted 16 August 2012 - 08:20 AM

View PostAmber Dekstris, on 15 August 2012 - 06:26 PM, said:

Scotto, 1999, I think

Gee.... where was I? I'm such a dill.
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