book review: the forever war

Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War is a classic of science fiction about a soldier drafted in the futuristic time of 1997 and his life in and out of the military. Because of relativistic effects that life lasts a long time. I confess, I read it because of John Scalzi, who wrote the introduction to this new edition and was pimping it on his blog, Whatever. Haldeman wrote it in the 70s after his time in the Vietnam war and I think what I like best about the book is the lack of battles. There’s one engagement where they slaughter aliens, one in which they get hit by an attack en route to a battle, and a fight out on some cold rock in the middle of nowhere. It wasn’t this one soldier being in the middle of everything important that happened in the war. It was a soldier trying to live his life with a war happening to him. I liked it a lot. He wasn’t some war hero, as he never really did much, but he was seen as one for surviving. Yeah, I can see why it was a classic.

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