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Forever Peace (Sf Masterworks)

Forever Peace (Sf Masterworks) [Kindle Edition]

Joe Haldeman
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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In the year 2043, the Ngumi War rages. Limited nuclear strikes have been used on Atlanta and two enemy cities, but the war goes on, fought by 'soldierboys' -- indestructible war machines operated by remote control by soldiers hundreds of miles away. Julian Class is one of these soldiers, and for him war is truly hell. The psychological strain of being jacked-in to his soldierboy -- and the genocidal results -- are becoming too much to bear. Now he and his companion, Dr Amelia Harding, have made a terrifying scientific discovery, which could literally take the universe back to square one. Except that for Julian, the discovery isn't so much terrifying as tempting . . . Forever Peace won the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel.

About the Author

SALES POINTS * Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Award as best sf novel of the year * A companion novel to The Forever War -- title #1 in the SF Masterworks series * 'If there was a Fort Knox for science fiction writers who really matter, we'd have to lock Haldeman up there' -- Stephen King

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 542 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185798899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988994
  • ASIN: B0061QGF7O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,989 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joe Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943 and studied physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded and won a Purple Heart. The Forever War was his first SF novel and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, a feat which The Forever Peace repeated. He is also the author of, among others, Mindbridge, All My Sins Remembered, Worlds, Worlds Apart and Worlds Enough and Time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality 6 Sep 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joe Haldeman is so very underrated. There is so much good writing in this book I don't know how he does it. He put a lot of work and heart into this and it shows. This is classic sf and best of all it deals with so many real social and technological issues relevant even right now. The characters are real, not the usual stuck up cardboard cutouts you get in sci-fi. There are very few sci-fi authors who are willing to take on and discuss possible solutions to humanities problems (too risky), rather they just fly off into space centuries from now and say science fixed it or the holocaust reset everything, convenient! Joe Haldeman is not avoiding difficult social issues which make a lot of sci-fi seem dorky and pie in the sky. Better still he uses difficult social issues as he bread and butter. However this does not mean that we do not get giant hi tech mechanical killers and the like, Haldeman brings them on big time and they are very convincing.
I was put off by some of the reviews here of Forever Peace and I'm glad I ignored them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forever in hope 5 Feb 2000
An enjoyable read if not outstanding. The story kept me interested from start to finish but some how it was missing something, maybe it was the premise of the story, that you can remove part of human nature and still be human that I disagreed with but something was missing. The characterisation was not completely succesful for me, too many characters seemed flat and unconvincing, it may be that the author tried to cover too much ground too quickly but at best this is a good, workman like book that delivers an intersting but not outstanding read. In a couple of weeks time it will be other books and other characters that I remeber and not this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing 24 Feb 1998
By A Customer
Readers who have enjoyed other Haldeman books will find "Forever Peace" disappointing. The problems begin with the title, which, no matter what Haldeman's disavowals, inevitably asks us to compare it against his classic "Forever War." And, unlike that book, "Forever Peace" has no likable characters, including that protagonist. It also has a confused and forgettable series of plot threads which Haldeman himself seemingly loses interest in mid-way through the book. Not recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'll keep this one short because most of it's been said in other reviews. I'm a *big* Haldeman fan and until now thought he could do no wrong. But _Forever Peace_ was a real let-down -- throughout the book it seemed that Haldeman was consciously trying to evoke the writing elements for which he's known without becoming *too* derivative of his past work. The result is tepid prose and a generally unappealing book -- annoying characters, laughable plot, weak science, useless and predictable "action" sequences. (And WHAT is with that ending?)
I did thoroughly enjoy _1968_ (a newish non-SF Haldeman novel) -- it's apparent that he still knows how to write a compelling story. I got the feeling Mr. Haldeman was writing _FP_ under contract, or simply to get *something* out there without having to put too much thought into it.
If this were my first Haldeman novel I doubt I'd pick up another one -- I've read better by less established authors. Granted, it probably isn't fair to compare this too strongly to his earlier work, but I *did* buy it simply because of the author's name on the cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Jun 2013
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The story is bit slow to start, but eventually it grabs you and drags you in without you even noticing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 4 Feb 2013
By Comet
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Don't be fooled this is not a sequel to forever war but does use the same technology. A great premise of ending all violence leads to a great story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poor first half, made up for by the second 3 Oct 2011
I struggled to get into this book. This is a completely unrelated story to Forever War and Forever Free and it just seems that Haldeman reworked the title for the benefit of sales as there was nothing in the story to indicate it was even set in the same world. This time, a hydroncollider threatens to destroy the universe and our hero (who is a different man but speaks with the same voice as Haldeman's former protagonist) has to stop a mad fringe Christian group called the Enders who want to bring about the doomsday event. The confusion in the narrative in the first half isn't helped by the switching from first person to third person which took me ages to work out. However the second half is more fun as characterful assassins enter the mix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 May 1999
By A Customer
Forever Peace has now won the three highest honours that Science Fiction can bestow on a work. It has won the Nebula, Hugo and John Campbell awards as best novel. Something that only a rare work can manage. The Writers, Fans and Critics all gave it their highest honour.
The reason for much of the critism from some corners seems to have more to do with the fact that it wasn't The Forever War Part Two.
It is something different, with the sames aims maybe... but from a decidely different angle.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please find another plot Joe
Although this is not a badly written book, if you have read a lot of Mr Haldeman's work, as I have, there are more than one or two recurring ideas in this novel. Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2001 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific science fiction
This is one of the best books I have read in some time. I had difficulting setting it aside. I found the 1st to 3rd person changes easy to get accustomed to; they allow the... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas...
This book has some great ideas in it, including things which really make you think about some of the possibilities for the future. I recommend it on that basis alone. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great ideas...
.. this was my first book my Joe Haldeman and it had some great ideas in it, I really enjoyed some of the plot twists he put in, they make great conversation pieces. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING!
I LOVE to read but...the writing was less than impressive AND it was so boring I couln't stand it long enough to finish it (A rarity for me!).
Published on 30 Aug 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars It had to happen -
I found a book by Joe Haldeman that I didn't like, and I REALLY didn't like it, for several reasons:
The narrative switches back and forth from first to third person. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars blah!
A Hugo that really disappoints me. Too much "stream of consciousness," messy point-of-view (either you write in first person or you don't), bland plot,... Read more
Published on 19 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Sci fi at it`s best.
This not quite sequel to Forever war is just as good as the original, with complicted characters and a great story. I recomend this book to any reader.
Published on 17 Aug 1999
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