Drawing on his own war experiences, Vietnam veteran Joe Haldeman creates stunning works of science fiction.
Forever Peace is not a sequel to his previous award-winning work,
The Forever War, but it deals with similarly provocative issues. When it was published,
Forever Peace was chosen as the Best Book of the Year by
Publishers Weekly. It also won the coveted Hugo Award.
War in the 21st century is fought by "soldierboys". Remote-controlled mechanical monsters, they are run by human soldiers who hard-wire their brains together to form each unit. Julian is one of these dedicated soldiers, until he inadvertently kills a young boy. Now he struggles to understand how this has changed his mind.
Forever Peace is a riveting portrayal of the effects of collective consciousness, and it offers some tantalizing revelations. Narrator George Wilson's skillful performance weaves together the elements of futuristic technology with the drama of a trained soldier reconciling basic human needs.
"At once a hard science, military, and political thriller, this book presents a thoughtful and hopeful solution to ending war in the 21st century. Essential for sf collections." (
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An Enjoyable Romp
The first half of the book. The second half of the book.
The stuff at the beginning. The stuff at the end.
If you enjoyed "The Forever War" then I can see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy at least the first half of this book. The second half, although entertaining, just seemed a bit daft. Having said all that, the whole thing was infinitely better than listening to Radio 2 or John Humphrys.
- Gavin Jones