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The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy that they would oppose is inscrutable unconuerable and very far away A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military. This book is a military style space opera with Wait Where are you going Get back here I hadn’t got to the good part yet Give me a second to explain GeezOK so yes there is an interstellar war with human troops in high tech ard suits battling an alien enemy on distant planets I know it sounds like another version of Starship Troopers or countless other bad genre sci fi tales that copied it but this one is different Hell when it was published in 1975 it won the Hugo the Locus and the Nebula awards for best novel so you know it’s gotta be pretty decentWilliam Mandella has been drafted as one of the first troops that will be sent to fight the Taurans There are points in space called collapsers that are like wormholes that will transport your ship to a distant area in the universe instantly and humanity is fighting the Taurans to use them Both races like to build bases on nearby planets to establish control of the area around the collapsers Unfortunately most of the planets out there aren’t anything like what we’re used to seeing in Star Wars They’re usually cold lifeless rocks and just training to use their suits in these environments is dangerous let alone trying to fight an alien race they know little about Mandella gets through training and manages to survive the first battle with the Taurans That’s where the book gets really interestingWhile the collapsers provide instant space travel the ships still have to get to the nearest one and that means months of travel at near light speed It turns out that Einstein was right about relativity and traveling at near the speed of light makes time do some funky things So while the troops on the ship feel like a journey only took months years have passed for everyone else When Mandella returns to Earth after his first battle he’s only aged two years but ten years have passed on EarthSince Mandella has to do and light speed journeys centuries pass on Earth even though it’s only been a few years for him Mandella will return from missions to find that humanity has changed so much that he has almost nothing in common with the rest of the people and since he manages to survive several campaigns when almost everyone else dies he’s uickly becoming one of the oldest men in the universe during his ten year subjective enlistmentAnother uirk of the time differences is that when the humans meet the Taurans they can’t know if they’re battling alien troops who are centuries ahead or behind them in terms of military intelligence and weapons technology So Mandella and his fellow soldiers may have a huge advantage or be severely outgunned It just depends on if the Taurans they’re fighting started their light speed journeys before or after they didAs the war drags on for century after century it is both sustaining and draining Earth’s economy Mandella finds himself losing all his family his friends and his lovers to war or age He is increasingly out of touch with Earth and the rest of humanity The army continues to promote him mainly because his seniority has reached ridiculous levels after centuries of serviceOne of the things that isolates Mandella is that homosexuality becomes the norm due to Earth overpopulation In an ironic reversal of don’t ask don’t tell Mandella is the outcast that disgusts many of his fellow soldiers due to his unenlightened ways Even the slang spoken by other soldiers becomes incomprehensible to him Increasingly lonely and out of sync with everyone around him with almost no chance of surviving his enlistment Mandella nurses the hope that the war will someday end during the large gaps of time he skips as he travels to his assignmentsJoe Haldeman is a Vietnam vet and this is an obvious allegory for that war with a weary soldier stuck in a seemingly endless conflict and realizing that even if he makes it home he won’t fit in to the world he left While Haldeman’s science and military background gives the book its detail and depth it’s the tragedy of Mandella’s predicament that makes it a sci fi classic Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 6 going Get back here I hadn’t Illegal Affairs got to the 21 Short Plays good part yet Give me a second to explain GeezOK so yes there is an interstellar war with human troops in high tech ard suits battling an alien enemy on distant planets I know it sounds like another version of Starship Troopers or countless other bad Angel of Sudden Hill genre sci fi tales that copied it but this one is different Hell when it was published in 1975 it won the Hugo the Locus and the Nebula awards for best novel so you know it’s The Complete Anchoring Handbook gotta be pretty decentWilliam Mandella has been drafted as one of the first troops that will be sent to fight the Taurans There are points in space called collapsers that are like wormholes that will transport your ship to a distant area in the universe instantly and humanity is fighting the Taurans to use them Both races like to build bases on nearby planets to establish control of the area around the collapsers Unfortunately most of the planets out there aren’t anything like what we’re used to seeing in Star Wars They’re usually cold lifeless rocks and just training to use their suits in these environments is dangerous let alone trying to fight an alien race they know little about Mandella Screams and Nightmares gets through training and manages to survive the first battle with the Taurans That’s where the book Muay Thai Unleashed gets really interestingWhile the collapsers provide instant space travel the ships still have to Practical Boat Mechanics get to the nearest one and that means months of travel at near light speed It turns out that Einstein was right about relativity and traveling at near the speed of light makes time do some funky things So while the troops on the ship feel like a journey only took months years have passed for everyone else When Mandella returns to Earth after his first battle he’s only aged two years but ten years have passed on EarthSince Mandella has to do and light speed journeys centuries pass on Earth even though it’s only been a few years for him Mandella will return from missions to find that humanity has changed so much that he has almost nothing in common with the rest of the people and since he manages to survive several campaigns when almost everyone else dies he’s uickly becoming one of the oldest men in the universe during his ten year subjective enlistmentAnother uirk of the time differences is that when the humans meet the Taurans they can’t know if they’re battling alien troops who are centuries ahead or behind them in terms of military intelligence and weapons technology So Mandella and his fellow soldiers may have a huge advantage or be severely outgunned It just depends on if the Taurans they’re fighting started their light speed journeys before or after they didAs the war drags on for century after century it is both sustaining and draining Earth’s economy Mandella finds himself losing all his family his friends and his lovers to war or age He is increasingly out of touch with Earth and the rest of humanity The army continues to promote him mainly because his seniority has reached ridiculous levels after centuries of serviceOne of the things that isolates Mandella is that homosexuality becomes the norm due to Earth overpopulation In an ironic reversal of don’t ask don’t tell Mandella is the outcast that disgusts many of his fellow soldiers due to his unenlightened ways Even the slang spoken by other soldiers becomes incomprehensible to him Increasingly lonely and out of sync with everyone around him with almost no chance of surviving his enlistment Mandella nurses the hope that the war will someday end during the large Short Cycle Selling gaps of time he skips as he travels to his assignmentsJoe Haldeman is a Vietnam vet and this is an obvious allegory for that war with a weary soldier stuck in a seemingly endless conflict and realizing that even if he makes it home he won’t fit in to the world he left While Haldeman’s science and military background Break the Bipolar Cycle gives the book its detail and depth it’s the tragedy of Mandella’s predicament that makes it a sci fi classic

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Tever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home But home may be even terrifying than battle because thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries. Review to followThis was a book which I had been wanting to read for a long time and then as part of March's Bossy Book Challenge Time Travel for one of the SF groups I belong to Apocalypse Whenever the person I was paired with gave me this novel as one of my choices and so I jumped at itWas it a good SF novel well yes for certain would I class it as Time Travel erm no Yes it had time passing ultra uickly whilst the hero and heroines were travelling just sub light Time Dilation Theory Such that for some of the hero's only 5 years passed during their battles with the enemies The Taurans however as they had travelled countless light years at just sub light speed centuries had passed on EarthTo me this was a military SF novel with the human touch say Starship Troopers with happy bits or David Webber's Honor Harrington Enjoyable and well written with some great characters not truly awesome but good nonetheless Some people liken it given when it was written to an allegorical view of the Vietnam war I can't see that for a number of reasons but mostly because view spoiler it ends happily hide spoiler Georg Buchner groups I belong to Apocalypse Whenever the person I was paired with Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 4 gave me this novel as one of my choices and so I jumped at itWas it a How to Fly with Broken Wings good SF novel well yes for certain would I class it as Time Travel erm no Yes it had time passing ultra uickly whilst the hero and heroines were travelling just sub light Time Dilation Theory Such that for some of the hero's only 5 years passed during their battles with the enemies The Taurans however as they had travelled countless light years at just sub light speed centuries had passed on EarthTo me this was a military SF novel with the human touch say Starship Troopers with happy bits or David Webber's Honor Harrington Enjoyable and well written with some Swimming to the Moon great characters not truly awesome but Stir It Up good nonetheless Some people liken it The Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems given when it was written to an allegorical view of the Vietnam war I can't see that for a number of reasons but mostly because view spoiler it ends happily hide spoiler

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Unit Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand year conflict; to perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through military ranks Pvt Mandella is willing to do wha. While it reminded me of Heinlein's Starship Troopers and Avatar especially the beginning where recruits are told about all the things that could kill them and how they likely wouldn't make it back alive Haldeman's Forever War takes a different turn Haldeman's book focuses on a soldier fighting an interstellar war Because our character is traveling to his battles at near light speed when he returns to earth between missions decades pass Haldeman speculates about the social changes taking place changes that our character has difficulty adapting to or fully accepting Despite social changes there is one constant; the war continues Haldeman's book still resonates