The Forever War is one such book, and like those others still carries with it that air of recognition and possibility.
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Haldeman, a veteran, is a flat-out visionary. Simply extraordinary. A classic to grace either genre.
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That it happens to be set in the future only broadens and enhances its message. Anyone who talks about the glory of war has obviously never read it. A beautifully detailed and intensely personal account of a conflict which lasts for over a thousand years, as told by one grunt who lives through it all. Astute observers will note that I wrote it before I actually sold OMW, and so the entire discussion of writing successful SF is a little presumptuous.
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On the other, it is sold now, so there you have it. Anyway, here it is. Drawing a blank although I have read other Haldeman stories and have enjoyed them, which is how I know the comparison is flattering. The most obvious is of course the military setting and the introduction of a starry-eyed protagonist into that milieu, and the subsequent progression from recruit to grunt to seasoned veteran.
First and foremost, I like the format, which lends itself to classically linear storytelling and a pace that allows the reader to get comfortable with characters and situations. I think readers will note the points of departure from the original formula and judge them on how successfully the riffing works.
But one has to be careful not to focus on the wrong lessons. In any event, not everyone likes reading or writing hard SF or polyamorous libertarianism.
More enduring lessons from Heinlein come in how the man handled characters — both in how they existed in his writing and how they talked and interacted with other people. It would come to these four lessons:. Select Parent Grandparent Teacher Kid at heart.
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Tell Us Where You Are:. Preview Your Review. Thank you. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. Extra Content. Editorial Reviews "To say that The Forever War is the best science fiction war novel ever written is to damn it with faint praise. It is, for all its techno-extrapolative brilliance, as fine and woundingly genuine a war story as any I''ve read.
The Forever War is one such book, and like those others still carries with it that air of recognition and possibility. Haldeman, a veteran, is a flat-out visionary.