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Forever Free (1999)

by Joe Haldeman

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Series: Forever War (2)

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Space travellers return to their planet after a long absence and find everyone gone. The intriguing aspect is the amount of clothing lying everywhere, as if people undressed before vanishing. The travellers head for Earth and find the same happened there.

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I remember that same sense of disappointment when I was reading the Philip J. Farmer 'Riverworld' series. The first couple were very good, but they steadily got worse. As if all the ideas were used up. I didn't read the 2nd book in this series, but it's probably just as well. As in 'Riverworld' the focus of the book gets larger. To involve all manner of space and time. I think Haldeman had created enough potential future human stages in the first book. The idea in this book was to go father into time to see what would happen after 40,000 years. Thank goodness in one sense that it didn't do that, but on the other hand the reveal at the end wasn't worth the read. ( )
  billycongo | Jul 22, 2020 |
Wow. Following up a Vietnam War allegory with a book that freely references Westworld as a way to wrap it all up. This really bummed me out. ( )
  sarcher | Jul 7, 2019 |
This is a direct sequel to The Forever War. Twenty years have passed since William and Marygay were reunited on Middle Finger, the "garden planet" where Man resettled the heterosexuals at the end of the Forever War. They've raised a son and a daughter, and they are restless, unhappy with Middle Finger (which has very long, very cold winters), and unhappy with Man. With some of the other war veterans, who are now a small minority of the population on Middle Finger, they plot to steal the ship that served as the time shuttle to reunite separated couples after the war. (It's still in orbit around Middle Finger, after a forced sale to Man, who has never done anything with it.) They have some excitement in the process, and make the interesting discovery that Man has more individuality amongst its members than Man would prefer to have anyone believe. And then the weird stuff starts happening. Disappearing antimatter. Whole populations vanishing. As in, whole populations of planets, such as Middle Finger and Earth.

Unfortunately, the explanation for the weirdness turns out to be not one deus ex machina, but two. This was an enjoyable visit with an old friend, but if you're expecting a story with any substance or punch, you will be disappointed, and might endanger breakables and small animals with a high-speed book. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
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Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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