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Joe Haldeman

Author of The Forever War

198+ Works 27,519 Members 619 Reviews 67 Favorited

About the Author

Joe Haldeman has uniquely blended a strong interest in astronomy and with his love for writing to publish numerous novels, anthologies and short stories over three decades. He holds a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Maryland (1967), and an M.F.A. in English from the Iowa Writers Workshop show more (1975). An adjunct professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Haldeman has also taught at Michigan State, Larion West Seattle, SUNY Buffalo, Princeton, University of North Dakota, Kent State and the University of North Florida Haldeman's works include War Year (1972), The Forever War (1975), Worlds (1981), Worlds Apart (1983), Tools of the Trade (1987), and The Hemingway Hoax (1990). He has also co-authored and edited numerous works of science fiction. Born in Oklahoma on June 9, 1943, Haldeman grew up in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington D.C., and Alaska. He was drafted into the military in 1967, fighting in the Central Highlands of Vietnam as a combat engineer with the 4th Division (1/22nd Airmobile Battalion), for which he received the Purple Heart, among other medals. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Joe Haldeman

The Forever War (1974) 9,344 copies
Forever Peace (1997) 2,185 copies
The Accidental Time Machine (2007) 1,429 copies
Forever Free (1999) 1,229 copies
Camouflage (2004) 1,158 copies
Mindbridge (1976) 932 copies
All My Sins Remembered (1977) — Author — 823 copies
Worlds (1981) 698 copies
Planet of Judgement (1977) 603 copies
Marsbound (2008) 596 copies
Old Twentieth (2005) 559 copies
The Coming (2000) 539 copies
Buying Time (1989) 504 copies
Worlds Apart (1983) 487 copies
There Is No Darkness (1983) — Author — 451 copies
Infinite Dreams (1978) 436 copies
World Without End (1979) 433 copies
Dealing in Futures (1985) 399 copies
Peace and War {omnibus} (2006) 384 copies
Tool of the Trade (1987) 371 copies
Hemingway Hoax (1990) 342 copies
Starbound (2010) 339 copies
Guardian (2002) 272 copies
Worlds Enough and Time (1992) 271 copies
Study War No More: A Selection of Alternatives (1977) — Editor — 257 copies
Earthbound (2011) 197 copies
Body Armor/2000 (1986) — Editor — 142 copies
1968 (1994) 128 copies
Work Done for Hire (2014) 117 copies
War Year (1972) 92 copies
Nebula Award Stories 17 (1983) — Editor — 87 copies
Future Weapons of War (2007) — Editor — 68 copies
Supertanks (1987) — Editor — 62 copies
Space-Fighters (1988) 62 copies
The Best of Joe Haldeman (2013) 52 copies
War Stories (1656) 48 copies
The Worlds Trilogy (2016) 23 copies
Tricentennial (1976) 14 copies
Graves [short story] (1992) 11 copies
For White Hill {novella} (1995) 11 copies
Fantastic. No. 187 (August 1975) (1975) — Contributor — 11 copies
Dallas Barr, Tome 7 : La dernière valse (2005) — Author — 11 copies
Hero {novella} (1972) 10 copies
Welt ohne Ende (1991) — Author — 9 copies
Feedback [short fiction] (1993) 6 copies
Manifest Destiny (1983) 6 copies
No Future In It (1955) 6 copies
The Monster (1986) 5 copies
Armaja Das [short ficton] (1976) 5 copies
Blood Brothers (1979) 5 copies
Blood Sisters (1979) 5 copies
Anniversary Project (1974) 5 copies
Sleeping Dogs 4 copies
Heartwired [short story] (2005) 4 copies
Counterpoint (1972) 4 copies
End Game [short fiction] (1975) 4 copies
Angel of Light (2005) 4 copies
Seasons [novella] (1985) 4 copies
A Time To Live (1977) 4 copies
The Pilot [short story] (1979) 4 copies
Pace Eterna 3 copies
The Mazel Tov Revolution (1974) 3 copies
Foreclosure (2005) 3 copies
Truth to Tell (1974) 3 copies
A Mind Of His Own (1974) 3 copies
Een nieuw begin (2019) 3 copies
The Forever War Vol. 1 (2017) 3 copies
Beachhead (1992) 3 copies
Images [short story] (1991) 3 copies
Grenze zur Unendlichkeit (1991) — Author — 3 copies
The Cure (1993) 2 copies
Wieczna wolnosc (2016) 2 copies
La llegada (2002) 2 copies
The Best of Joe Haldeman (2013) 2 copies
Juryrigged (1974) 2 copies
Power Complex [novelette] (1972) 2 copies
Duell der Mächtigen (1980) — Author — 2 copies
Giza [short story] (2003) 2 copies
Faces [short story] (2004) 2 copies
Sueños infinitos (1988) 2 copies
La libertad interminable (2012) 2 copies
Forever Bound (2010) 2 copies
Passages (1990) 2 copies
26 Days On Earth (1972) 2 copies
O Velho Século XX (2006) 1 copy
Camuflagem (2006) 1 copy
Paz Sempre (2002) 1 copy
Road Kill 1 copy
Kamuflaż (2008) 1 copy
Four In One 1 copy
DX [poem] 1 copy
Desfase 1 copy
Camouflage 2 1 copy
Marsbound 2 1 copy
Brochure [short story] (2000) 1 copy
Camouflage 3 1 copy
Soldierboy (2014) 1 copy
Camouflage 1 1 copy
The Forever War #4 (1990) 1 copy
The Forever War #5 (1990) 1 copy
Tumbas 1 copy
Marsbound 3 1 copy
Galaxy's Edge Magazine: Issue 36, January 2019 (2018) — Contributor — 1 copy
Welt ohne Sterne (1980) — Author — 1 copy

Associated Works

Starship Troopers (1959) — Introduction, some editions — 12,101 copies
The Red Badge of Courage (1894) — Introduction, some editions — 11,040 copies
Thieves' World (1987) — Contributor — 1,539 copies
Jack of Shadows (1971) — Foreword, some editions — 1,235 copies
Far Horizons (1999) — Contributor — 770 copies
Requiem (1992) — Contributor — 734 copies
Warriors (2010) — Contributor — 638 copies
Dark Forces (1980) — Contributor — 565 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993) — Contributor — 431 copies
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (2005) — Contributor — 379 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contributor — 376 copies
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contributor — 342 copies
Year's Best SF (1996) — Contributor — 340 copies
The Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) — Contributor — 292 copies
There Will Be War (1983) — Contributor — 267 copies
Year's Best SF 9 (2004) — Contributor — 255 copies
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 250 copies
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contributor — 242 copies
Year's Best SF 11 (2006) — Contributor — 234 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Third Annual Collection (1986) — Contributor — 225 copies
Blood Is Not Enough: 17 Stories of Vampirism (1989) — Contributor — 219 copies
The Hugo Winners: Volume Four (1976-1979) (1985) — Contributor — 218 copies
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996) — Contributor — 203 copies
The 1978 Annual World's Best SF (1977) — Contributor, some editions — 200 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contributor — 197 copies
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) — Contributor — 185 copies
Elemental (2006) — Contributor — 175 copies
Old Venus (2015) — Contributor — 169 copies
Vanishing Acts: A Science Fiction Anthology (2000) — Contributor — 156 copies
Nebula Award Stories 11 (1976) — Contributor — 155 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 (2011) — Contributor — 150 copies
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996) — Contributor — 140 copies
The Endless Frontier (1979) — Contributor — 140 copies
Lightspeed: Year One (2011) — Contributor — 138 copies
Renaissance Faire (2005) — Contributor — 138 copies
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contributor — 131 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contributor — 131 copies
Far Futures (1995) — Contributor — 129 copies
Analog: The Best of Science Fiction (1982) — Author — 127 copies
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contributor — 126 copies
Cutting Edge (1985) — Contributor — 126 copies
The New Hugo Winners, Volume III (1994) — Contributor — 125 copies
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian (2003) — Contributor — 124 copies
Excalibur (1995) — Contributor — 123 copies
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present (2003) — Contributor — 120 copies
Futures from Nature (2007) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 (1973) — Contributor — 110 copies
Combat SF (1951) — Author — 108 copies
Alien Stars (1985) — Contributor — 106 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 106 copies
Cyber-killers (1997) — Contributor, some editions — 106 copies
Escape From Earth: New Adventures in Space (2006) — Contributor — 106 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 105 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 (2005) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contributor — 99 copies
Sorcerers! (1986) — Contributor — 98 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2006 Edition (2006) — Contributor — 95 copies
Orbit 11 (1972) — Contributor — 93 copies
Impact Parameter: And Other Quantum Realities (1984) — Foreword, some editions — 93 copies
Thor's Hammer (1979) — Contributor — 92 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies
Flying Saucers (1982) — Contributor — 89 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 88 copies
Nebula Winners: 12 (1978) — Contributor — 88 copies
Supermen: Tales of the Posthuman Future (2002) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction No. 6 (1973) — Contributor — 84 copies
The Best of Analog (1978) — Author — 84 copies
New Stories from the Twilight Zone (1991) — Contributor — 82 copies
Shadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe (2013) — Contributor — 78 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 78 copies
Wheel of Fortune (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
CYBERSEX (1996) — Contributor — 77 copies
Citizens (2011) — Contributor — 73 copies
War Stories: New Military Science Fiction (2014) — Contributor — 72 copies
In the Field of Fire (1987) — Contributor — 67 copies
Nebula Awards 23 (1989) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future (2000) — Contributor — 67 copies
Thieves' World: First Blood (2003) — Contributor — 66 copies
Orion's Sword (1980) — Contributor — 66 copies
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 64 copies
Worldmakers: SF Adventures in Terraforming (2001) — Contributor — 63 copies
Rod Serling's Other Worlds (1978) — Contributor — 62 copies
The Mammoth Book of Future Cops (2003) — Contributor — 55 copies
Future War (1999) — Contributor — 54 copies
Timegates (1997) — Contributor — 53 copies
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Contributor — 49 copies
Clones! (1998) — Contributor — 48 copies
Universe 2 (1992) — Contributor — 46 copies
Frights (1976) — Contributor — 46 copies
Space Soldiers (2001) — Contributor — 44 copies
Best SF: 1973 (1974) — Contributor — 42 copies
Nuclear War (1988) — Contributor — 41 copies
Universe 3 (1994) — Contributor — 40 copies
Nebula Awards 21 (1987) — Contributor — 39 copies
Crucified Dreams (2011) — Contributor — 39 copies
Future Washington (2005) — Contributor — 35 copies
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon (2013) — Contributor — 35 copies
Analog Anthology #4: Analog's Lighter Side (1982) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Best from Galaxy Vol. 3 (1975) — Contributor — 34 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 27 • August 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Complete Masters of Darkness (1991) — Contributor — 31 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Alchemy of Stars: Rhysling Award Winners Showcase (2005) — Contributor — 28 copies
Space Wars (1988) — Contributor — 28 copies
Bootcamp 3000 (1992) — Contributor — 26 copies
Countdown to Midnight (1984) — Contributor — 26 copies
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
TRSF (2011) — Contributor — 21 copies
A Cosmic Christmas 2 You (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Future Media (2011) — Contributor — 14 copies
Commando Brigade 3000 (1994) — Contributor — 14 copies
South From Midnight (1994) — Contributor — 13 copies
Mythic (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute (2006) — Contributor — 13 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 8 [August 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 24, No. 7 [July 2000] (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Destination 3001 (2000) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 36, No. 2 [February 2012] (2012) — Contributor — 12 copies
Showcase (1973) — Contributor — 11 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 086 (November 2013) (2013) — Contributor — 11 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 25, No. 1 [January 2001] (2001) — Contributor — 9 copies
Kopernikus 5 (1982) — Author — 9 copies
Monster brigade 3000 (1996) — Contributor — 8 copies
Heyne Jahresband Science Fiction 1989. (1989) — Contributor — 7 copies
Amazing Stories Vol. 49, No. 3 [November 1975] (1975) — Contributor — 7 copies
Analog 3 (1982) — some editions — 7 copies
Time of Passage (1978) — Contributor — 7 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 130 (July 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies
The Westerfilk Collection, Second Edition (1980) — Contributor — 4 copies
StarShipSofa Stories Volume 3 — Contributor — 4 copies
I Premi Hugo 1976-1983 — Contributor — 3 copies
Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 32, May 2018 (2018) — Contributor — 2 copies
Millemondi Inverno 1996 — Contributor — 2 copies
Supernovæ (1993) — Contributor — 2 copies
Jules Verne-magasinet 435 (1989) — Author — 1 copy

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Reviews

It was almost enjoyable... just... not quite. It was very narrative - the main character just described everything as if it were the, ah, author speaking. It's usually more enjoyable to read books where the characters are at least pretending to be fictional, and not just an author-cutout. That, and, there is some quasi-social foolishness about sexuality and an underlying misogyny. Women are there for a specific purpose and while the author writes it as if the sexes are equal, his females were just men described in text as women - I am fairly confident that women aren't going to be okay to be "assigned" mandatory sex partners on their downtime.… (more)
 
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crazybatcow | 248 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
This book is a trilogy, but the first 2 books, Forever War (****) and "Forever Free" (***) are related stories with the same characters and continuing storyline. "Forever Peace" (**) is a stand alone story but develops the themes covered in the first 2 books.
I read "Forever War" earlier as a separate publication (see separate review) but this book was clearly the best of the three. "Forever Free" starts off well and looks promising as its develops the themes go human development (clones/shared thinking) and of effective time travel by. crew travelling near light speed away from their home panel and returning some time later , barely aged while the home plates have moved on in time significantly. However the final section of the book is a bit deus et machina and while interesting is a bit of a disappointment - possibly an approach best left as a short story.
"Forever Peace" further explores how sharing of consciousness would effect human society in the environment of a forever war on earth itself. Again, the ending while helping to serve as a vehicle to prompt some thought in the future of human evolution, seems to wrap up a complex and somewhat implausible scenario rather too quickly and neat to allow suspension of belief.
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Daniel_M_Oz | 11 other reviews | Feb 10, 2024 |
Overall good with some interesting ideas, but I think I saw the book hyped too much before I read it. I expected more ... feels kinda rushed and as if more could have been made of the good ideas. Maybe the second and third book will enrich the story a bit...
 
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rendier | 248 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
(2004)SF Pretty good tale of an unknown artifact found in the ocean that draws two aliens to it that can change their appearances to anything to try to get back home.
 
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derailer | 37 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |

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Statistics

Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
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Reviews
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ISBNs
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