When it was first published over 20 years ago, Joe Haldeman's novel won the Hugo and Nebula awards and was chosen Best Novel in several countries. Today, it is hailed a classic of science fiction that foreshadowed many of the futuristic themes of the 1990s: bionics, sensory manipulation, and time distortion. William Mandella is a soldier in Earth's elite brigade. As the war against the Taurans sends him from galaxy to galaxy, he learns to use protective body shells and sophisticated weapons. He adapts to the cultures and terrains of distant outposts. But with each month in space, years are passing on Earth. Where will he call home when (and if) the Forever War ends? Narrator George Wilson's performance conveys all the imaginative technology and human drama of The Forever War. Set against a backdrop of vivid battle scenes, this absorbing work asks provocative questions about the very nature of war.
I'd have to agree with the second review here. I appreciated the book for what it was trying to achieve in it's time, but I couldn't get over how silly it was that in the book, the government ends up psychologically conditioning every human being to be homosexual for 'population control' purposes. I mean really, BC doesn't exist in a future with collapsars and stasis fields?! And then at the end, they offer to turn them all straight so they can live a 'normal life' on another planet, and even though some of the soldiers are disgusted by the idea they agree to it!. The author's complete ignorance of homosexuality was probably acceptable when the book was released, but now it just harms the overall quality of the work.
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