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Forever Peace (1997)

by Joe Haldeman

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Series: Forever War (Thematic Sequel)

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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 Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. It also won the coveted Hugo Award. War in the 21st century is fought by "soldier boys." 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.… (more)
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    The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Forever Peace is a thematic sequel to The Forever War.
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    Washington's War on Nicaragua by Holly Sklar (LamontCranston)
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Această carte are o grămadă de probleme și o singură calitate, faptul că se citește cu ușurință, scriitura fiind una naturală, fără fasoane (ceea ce eu apreciez). Nu are nici o legătură cu ”Războiul Etern” nici ca poveste/lume, nici la calitate sau la impact, alegerea titlului fiind evident motivată doar de scopul ”cash grab”. Probleme:
- nu e o carte, ci practic 2: la jumătate Halderman se plictisește și deraiază pe cu totul altă poveste;
- nu e un military scifi decât vag, la început, și acela prost realizat;
- e lungită, plicitisitoare și dezlânată;
- e lipsită de originalitate, fiind o compilație de șabloane și idei destul de cunoscute (roboți de luptă conduși de la distanță, războaie asimetrice Nord-Sud, experiment științific ce poate distruge lumea etc);
- trecerea constantă de la pers I la III cu referire la același personaj este obositoare și absolut inutilă, nu i-am înțeles scopul;
- lumea e subdezvoltată ca descriere, nu e prea clar de ce se întâmplă ce se întâmplă, ”noroc” de faptul că oricum nu m-a păsat;
- personajele nu sunt bine construite și majoritatea celor secundare apar și dispar fără noimă și fără a fi dezvoltate;
- ca și în Războiul Etern, Halderman are o problemă cu excesul obsesiv de referințe la sex; cartea curge cam așa: ceva, ceva, SEX!, ceva, SEX, SEX!, ceva, ceva, SEX! etc; obositor și inutil;
- efectiv nu mi-a păsat de soarta nici unui personaj, nu am avut nici o emoție când s-au aflat în pericol.
Și altele. Pare scrisă în scârbă și fără chef, doar pentru vreun deadline, iar aici Halderman nu mai are nimic de transmis sufletește, spre deosebire de Războiul Etern.
Per total, un eșec; recomand evitarea. Are două stele doar fiindcă există destule SF-uri și mai proaste...
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  milosdumbraci | May 5, 2023 |
With the Advent of nanoforges, machines that 3D print many of human's necessities, humankind doesn't have to work anymore, and universal welfare is a reality. The big nanoforge in the sky is the ultimate machine until a physicist and team find out its universe-shaking truth, and must stop it.

Like a couple of other reviewers, I observed that Haldeman's story had amazing ideas, but fell short of his other books. I couldn't really relate to Some of The characters in the book. For one thing, the protagonist and his lover didn't really click with me. She was always whining about not being able to"jack" with him. I still enjoy Haldeman's writing above the average of SciFi authors I've read. ( )
  burritapal | Oct 23, 2022 |
Compelling just by the ideas explored, but the real Deus ex machina was maybe a step too far - perhaps the next book sorts it all out... ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
Would have been a better follow-up than 'Forever Free'. Suffers from scale issues ('we must solve a problem impacting the world' contrasted against 'by putting brain ports in people') where it's hard to focus on the characters being important enough to really have the impact that results. Similar issue to Malka Older's novels. ( )
  sarcher | Jul 7, 2019 |
excellent story ( )
  longhorndaniel | Jul 19, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Joe Haldemanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hrnčíř, Mareksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jensen, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reß-Bohusch, BirgitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rogner, Jürgen F.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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"Man was born into barbarism, when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh."

—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This novel is for two editors: John W. Campbell, who rejected a story because he thought it was absurd to write about American women who fight and die in combat, and Ben Bova, who didn't.
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It was not quite completely dark, thin blue moonlight threading down through the canopy of leaves.
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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 Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. It also won the coveted Hugo Award. War in the 21st century is fought by "soldier boys." 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.

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