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3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,741 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Humanity discovers a translation mechanism allowing colonization of distant planets & an alien organism that acts as a mindbridge, pushing humanity towards telepathic communication. Both discoveries entail complications. Each comes with deadly caveats. As a result of the Levant-Meyer translation & the mindbridge, humanity is able to meet & communicate with alie ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published December 28th 1976 by Ultramarine Publishing Company (first published August 1st 1976)
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Mar 21, 2010 Terence rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: Library Used-Book shelf
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Mindbridge reads much like a retread of Haldeman's seminal The Forever War:

1. The plot revolves around the miscommunication between humans and another intelligent species, the L'vrai (le vrai = "the truth"?), who bear a strong resemblance to the Taurans of TFW.

2. The quasi-military organization, the AED, that coordinates human space exploration protects its people with a remarkable suit that's a cousin to the suits that protected William and Marygay in TFW.

3. The hero's name, Jacque Lafavre, is

2.5 stars

Jacque Lefavre is a bit of a wild man, but he manages to hold himself together long enough to accepted as a Tamer - a matter transmission scout. He makes close connections with other Tamers, and when one team makes a startling discovery, Jacque and his crew are pushed into a central role.

Joe Haldeman is deservedly famous for The Forever War. Until recently, that and its sequels were most of what I knew about him. Unfortunately, the limits on that fame may also b
Good. Maybe a 3.5, but Haldeman doesn't get the beginner's benefit. Probably would have enjoyed it more thirty years ago. Some SF ages better than others.

Inconsequential geographic mistakes about Colorado Springs--where I lived thirteen years--knocked me out of the story several times. No big deal, but Haldeman shouldn't have made them.
Nov 30, 2011 Grace rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most sexist science fiction novel I've ever read. I can't believe what's expected from the female space travelers. It's total abuse of the female body. What's expected from the men isn't so good, either, except that the main character doesn't seem to realize it. No civilized society would treat its people like this.
Excellent, vintage Haldeman - this man is becoming a "go-to" writer -- I read anything he writes, as soon as I find it. I did come late to reading him, for some reason... my sci-fi reading was primarily done at least 20-30 yrs ago - so I'm now going back, trying to catch up on books I've missed!
Charles Dee Mitchell
Thanks to the wonders of Levant-Meyer Translation technology, one of those science fictional devices for FTL travel best taken on the author's terms rather than questioned for its scientific grounds, humans now send teams of Tamers to distant planets to test them for possible terraforming. This is tricky and dangerous work with results than can be bloody and disastrous. On a planet the second out from Groombridge 1618, Jacque Lafavre and his team bring back what appears to be a sluglike alien li ...more
The Black Cat Researcher
For today's science fiction fan that is feeling bored and uninspired with the current offering of space opera and 'galactic cowboy~esque' style science fiction this is one of those books that will remind you that the literary roots of science fiction are still firmly grounded in modernism. If you like the experimentation found in modernist literature you will like this. Even though it was written in the 1970's it's still very modern in writing style, presentation/layout and in how it addresses m ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish you could do half stars.. I'd give this a 3 1/2.

This book is written in a way I'd never seen a book written before. Some chapters are presented as a play, with just dialogue. There are also complicated charts that have information that pertain to the story (and a lot of info that is extra just for color), tangential stories about side characters such as the man who operates the LMT chamber crystal, several interviews with the characters presented as though it were the actual official doc
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Award-winning author Joe Haldeman' s trademark philosophical science fiction is much in evidence in this futuristic tale of universal exploration, made possible by the implications of a new theory of astrophysics.Delineated through the character if "Tamer" Jacques Lefavre (son if the physicist who devoted his lifetime to disproving this theory), MINDBRIDGE explores alien telepathy, and the existence of an ancient species of star explorers.
Bar Tube
Dec 16, 2016 Bar Tube rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe haldman is becoming one of my favourite authors!
Florin Pitea
I read it back in the Nineties. A gripping tale.
Bill Gusky
Sep 17, 2011 Bill Gusky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
imho some of the last great Sci Fi.
Darren Editing
Aug 18, 2016 Darren Editing rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman

Orbit, 1977 (186 pages)

This novel uses a sort of 'bits and pieces' narrative approach; extracts from an autobiography of the main character, scientific reports, regular novel chapters (named as such), communiqués and so on. It it extremely effective in creating a fast-moving narrative that gives a very full picture of what is going on and lets us see the characters from the inside and the outside.


Cover of <i>Mindbridge</i> by Joe Haldeman.
Cover of Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman
Jan 18, 2015 Beau rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book last week, but it was written in the 1970's. Haldeman is famous for having won both the Nebula and Hugo awards for The Forever War. That book reflected his feelings about war based on his experience in the Vietnam War, but it also contained one of the fundamental elements of romances: the Gap That Cannot Be Crossed. Relativity and huge distances in time and space made connecting with your girl into an activity that might use up the energy of a star for a few days.

In short, Hald
Feb 21, 2015 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
(I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

I had high hopes for this book when I was getting started, but was ultimately disappointed.

The story starts fairly strong - a method is discovered that can send humans to the far reaches of the galaxy instantly. Colonization ensues, and the job of tamer (first boots on the ground) is coveted.

The story follows the son of a scientist who says such travel is impossible, only for it to actually happen shortly afterwards,
Zeb Kantrowitz
Jan 31, 2015 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
In this novel of the future, humanity has found a way to travel to the stars. Using a system called the Levant-Meyer Translation (LMT), ‘tamers’ (as the travelers are called) travel to planets around distant stars. LMT can send you anywhere but the amount of time you spend there is limit and then you ‘slingshot’ back to where you started. LMT has two major limitations, you cannot go for less than 19 hours and the exact spot where you land is guess work (you could land in the ocean or in a swamp ...more
John Purvis
Apr 27, 2015 John Purvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Mindbridge” was released in 2014 on eBook, though originally published in 1976, and was written by Joe Haldeman ( Mr. Haldeman’s Science Fiction writing has been recognized with several awards and he has published more than 25 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence and some Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in a far future where
Matteo Pellegrini
Jacque Lefavre è un pioniere della colonizzazione interstellare, in un futuro in cui la Terra ha scoperto un sistema di trasporto istantaneo della materia, la cosiddetta "traslazione Levant-Meyer". Nel corso di uno dei suoi rischiosi viaggi esplorativi, il gruppo di cui fa parte Jacque scopre una misteriosa creatura a forma di riccio di mare che ha la peculiare capacità di porre in contatto telepatico gli organismi con cui viene a contatto, consentendo ad una persona di provare direttamente le e ...more
May 20, 2016 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable experience. The main character isn't very likable, but since it's more of an idea story, almost any kind of character can carry it. More traditional narration is interspersed with in-universe writings and artifacts, like logs, snippets from books and scientific papers, and news reports. There's some leftovers from older times, like old-fashioned ways of describing people of different ethnicities, and the idea that given enough time, humans would gradually become more and more psychic. ...more
I'll have to say that overall, I liked this book. But at some points it could have used some more editing. The story was a bit disjointed and unfinished. Maybe it was because of the length, but I keep getting this second-to-last-draft-of-a-story vibe, which is a pity, because it could have been so much better. High points of the book include the way Haldeman hints at the aliens shapeshifting abilities, where one of the tamers smile at the L'vrai, and its teeth change from pointed to square like ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel that includes explorers of possible earth like planets for humans to terra-form, aliens and relationships between crew members. Jacque Lefavre is a rookie on a training crew of planet "tamers." The crew discover a strange organism on the planet that gives the person holding the organism telepathic abilities. His "bosses" decide to use the organism that has bonded with Jacque to communicate with threatening aliens. The result of all this opens planet earth to the stars due to a evolutiona ...more
William Bentrim
Mindbridge by Joe Halderman
This takes place in the not too distant future where instantaneous transfer to the galaxy is discovered accidentally. The basic premise of the story is when the team of galactic explorers run across another intelligent species.
Jacque and Carol are the most frequent protagonists used in the story. Their exposure to the alien race has an impact on both of them. They use a possibly intelligent species as a telepathic mind bridge thus the title of the book. The story also
I do enjoy a good first contact novel, and this is a pretty good one. Reads like vintage Heinlein in many ways, which is both good and bad. Mostly good, here. The more of Haldeman's work I read, the more I like him, and while this is nowhere near as good as Forever War or Forever Peace, it's a nice stab at the first contact subgenre, if a little over complicated (technically, it's kind of *two* first contacts, the first making the second possible) and unfocused. Still, in classic sci-fi fashion, ...more
Excellent near future scifi. The novel begins just as mankind discovers a way to explore and populate the universe through a slingshot transporter. The new astrocowboys, Tamers, lead dangerous, often short, lives slingshoting to new and potentially habitable worlds. Eventually there is contact with an alien race, very alien. If you can imagine a changeling, Borg, octopus then you have a good imagination and can picture the L'vrai. The MC, LaFavre, is the only one who can communicate with them be ...more


Trevor McGuire
A very strange writing style. I'm not sure if all Haldeman is like this, since this is the first I've read. The style ran the gamut from dialogue, descriptive writing, a diary, scientific papers, a scene from a play, memos, etc. The story still progressed through all the media, though; it just kept me on my toes! The story itself was unique up until the ending. It could be thought of as two separate books, the second half being a sequel to the first half. In the first half, we are introduced to ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The science-fiction parts of this book were interesting, but there were some things I didn't like. Firstly, although there was natural seeming dialogue and character relationships, the feelings of the characters wasn't really explored that much, and the main character - Jacques Lefavre - was not particularly likable. The future civilization, which was in some ways advanced, had some weird ideas about humanity, and the characters we meet aren't treated well by the powers. It's a good read if you' ...more
Kevin Groosalugg
Jul 22, 2014 Kevin Groosalugg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Haldeman is hit or miss with me. I've read some outstanding things and others I could barely finish. This is one of the good ones. Fearing the eventual death of our sun man seeks to colonize other systems and thus secure the future of mankind. We discover a crystal that can 'teleport' us to other planetary bodies, with significant limitations. So as not to include any spoilers all I will say is that we find a telepathic species and an apparently hostile one. This is a very short novel with i ...more
Jay Hendricks
Mar 01, 2008 Jay Hendricks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Shelves: sci-fi
A story written by the great mind who did The Forever War, this one is again a science fiction tale in the style of old school sci-fi. The brief written on the back makes you think it is about a person (or group of people) who have telepathic like abilities to reach across huge distances in space and commune with alien presences. Not quite true sadly. I would say the story is about a group of people, but instead of traveling with their minds, they are physically taking jaunts across the universe ...more
Nov 11, 2013 Gcoritsidis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1976 hugo nominee novella by Joe Haldeman - whose The Forever War is a scifi classic that I enjoyed. Mindbridge is essentially a first contact story with a few twists. It is also about humans tinkering with forces they don't understand - ex. interstellar travel is stumbled upon, but not the theory as to how it works. A little cliche structurally at times (a rebellious, but super capable dude is the protagonist), but the aliens are interesting. Also interestingly, the story is told thru conventio ...more
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Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA pres
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