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The Forever War

(1974)
(The first book in the Forever War series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
1976 Hugo Award for Best Novel
1976 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel
1975 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (nominee)
1975 Nebula Award for Best Novel

Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself--a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit, and propelled through space and time to fight in a distant thousand-year conflict. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away. So Mandella will perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through the militarys ranks. . .if he survives. But the true test of his mettle will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the time dilation caused by space travel the loyal soldier is aging months, while his home planet is aging centuries--and the difference will prove the saying: you never can go home. . .


Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"If there was a Fort Knox for the science fiction writers who really matter, we'd have to lock Haldeman up there." - Stephen King


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