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The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
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Apr 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 02 to 08, 2012

Really enjoyable, with an entertaining plot, well paced progression and some really interesting concepts dealing with the issues of time dilation and relativity at sub-light speeds. It also portrays some of the writers own experiences of the Vietnam war in a futuristic setting, which at the time this book was written (1974) must have been quite ground breaking and insightful. Even with it being an older Sci-fi, the technology described translates pretty well to a contemporary 'future' setting, despite starting out in the 80s and 90s (some of the technology is stuff currently under development, such as organic replacement limbs ,which is kind of happening now, thanks to stem cells). It's a great, easily accessible sci-fi in a similar vein to Starship Troopers, but with less military enthusiasm and more alienation.

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