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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
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Dec 17, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in December, 2012 , read count: 3

Joe Haldeman's The Forever War stands as an SF condemnation of both the Vietnam conflict proximately and fetishization of warfare and military fiction in general (it is, in many ways, precisely the opposite number of Heinlein's Starship Troopers, though in some ways it is not so far apart).

It's Hard SF tale of war and waste and miscommunication, set against a backdrop of Future Shock as the protagonist is hurtled centuries into the future due to time dilation effects during his enlistment. In some ways, it become almost too cute in that setting, distracting from the protagonist's story to become observations on how radically things can change from one's early framework of "normal."

A must for people interested in both Military SF and in time travel.
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