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The Eternity Brigade by Stephen Goldin
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Jan 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: war, space-opera, science-fiction, political, 4-star-for-recs
Read in April, 2008

Very cool, somewhat disturbing. This one has a lot in common with The Forever War without being quite as good. The government has figured out how to keep soldiers in cryo (then stasis, then pattern buffers) until they are called on to fight. This cuts down on costs, yes? It's also a voluntary program. Sort of. The differences in the world each time our hero wakes up, and the ways in which the program gets perverted until there is no escape (just endless war), sucked me in.

Also intriguing, this book came out in 1980, so the 1980s "history" is a kick -- what does he get right? What does he get wrong? What could have been? I find it interesting that he assumed our next big war would be a terrorist action, but that he figured it'd be in Africa.
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