The Forever War

A thousand year conflict. One soldier lives through it all. Can he maintain his humanity?

The Forever War is a science fiction classic that chronicles the life of William Mandella. Due to the time distortion associated with deep space travel, he is present during both the first and the last battle of a thousand year old conflict with the alien Taurans. A masterpiece of not just science fiction, The Forever War illustrates the futility of all wars and their effect on the human soul.
The Forever War won all major science fiction awards including the Hugo, Nebula and Locus. Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien, is currently adapting this classic for film.

This is the author’s preferred version and includes a foreword by John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War.

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Joe Haldeman

  • Born 1943 in Oklahoma City; grew up mostly in Anchorage, Alaska and Bethesda, Maryland.

  • BS physics & astronomy, MFA writing.

  • Vietnam draftee 1968-69, Purple Heart

  • Writer since 1970, part time professor at MIT from 1983 to 2014.

  • Married to Mary Gay (Potter) Haldeman since 1965 (A long time for the sixties generation!).

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Joe Haldeman’s “adept plotting, strong pacing, and sense of grim stoicism have won him wide acclaim” (The Washington Post) and numerous honors for such works as The Forever WarThe Accidental Time Machine, and the Marsbound trilogy. Now, the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author pits a lone war veteran against a mysterious enemy who is watching his every move—and threatens him with more than death unless he kills for them.


Young Carmen Dula and her family are embarking on the adventure of a lifetime-they’re going to Mars. But Carmen’s rebellious streak leads her to venture out into the bleak Mars landscape alone, where she is saved by an angel. An angel with too many arms and legs, a head that looks like a potato gone bad-and a message for the humans on Mars: We were here first…


Carmen Dula and her husband spent six years traveling to the distant home of the powerful race known as “The Others,” in the hopes of forging a truce. But by the time Carmen returns to Earth, fifty years have passed-and the Earthlings have built a flotilla of warships to defend Earth against The Others.

But The Others have more power than anyone could imagine-and they will brook no insolence from the upstart human race.


The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth’s fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way, using nineteenth-century technology, to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them.

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Haldeman is the dean of science fiction writing. There is simply none better. He does not disappoint.

– Amazon Reviewer


Difficult to put down..Likable, if sometimes a little two-dimensional characters, a fun voice, and a fascinating look at realistic, near(ish) future space colonization. I was hooked from page one.

– Amazon Reviewer


I have been a Haldeman fan since his Analog days, and this book is consistent with the high-quality writing he has always delivered.

– Amazon Reviewer

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