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Private William Mandella is a reluctant hero, drafted into an elite military unit to fight in a distant interstellar war against an unknowable and unconquerable alien enemy. Mandella will perform his duties and, as he survives, rise through the ranks, but his greatest test will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the effects of relativity, every time he comes home after a few months¿ tour of duty, centuries have gone by on Earth, making him and his fellows ever more isolated from the world for whose future they are fighting.
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"Today we're going to show you eight silent ways to kill a man." The first line of this 1974 sf war story still grabs hard: The Forever War, winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards, is a fine choice to launch Millennium's "SF Masterworks" series of classic reissues. Future soldier William Mandella's service in the interstellar "Forever War" chillingly echoes Vietnam, where Joe Haldeman was severely wounded and won the Purple Heart. Afterwards, many real-life veterans found themselves distanced and alienated from US society: thanks to starflight's time dislocations, Mandella returns from weeks or months of combat duty to an Earth which after centuries of change is no longer his home. Though armed with increasingly futuristic weaponry--laser fingers, nova bombs, stasis fields--the infantry still suffers the long agonising waits, the sudden flurry and horror of battle, the shock of loss in a futile war without glory or glamour. But there's still room for tenderness, and for a satisfying ending as the cruel equations of relativistic time finally work in Mandella's favour. Incidentally, this is the first full British edition. When The Forever War was serialised, the magazine editor vetoed one section; it was omitted from the 1974 novel and is now restored. Highly recommended. --David LangfordReview:
'Military science fiction comes in many flavours, and Joe Haldeman's is every bit as satisfying as Heinlein's.' (SciFiNow)
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Book Description Sep 04, 1975. Condition: Used: Good. Ex-library book, usual markings. Library rebind hardback, rebound with coloured cloth. Clean copy, sound binding. Quick dispatch from UK seller. Seller Inventory # M01_2076_BD_08/15
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1975. Condition: Very Good. VG condition book with a good+ DJ. Boards are clean with minor wear. Content clean with bright pages and a solid binding. Good DJ with light edge wear creasing to edges along with toning to rear. Seller Inventory # 9999-9995212340
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. War is never a pleasant thing. And in a 1200 year long war, the odds of survival are close to zero. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 14727
Book Description Weidenfeld And Nicholson, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Purple boards with gilt titles. Clean Pages. Jacket is not price clipped. Clean pages. 1st edition. Seller Inventory # 6558
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1975. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First UK Edition. The author's first full length novel - a future war classic from a Purple Heart-winning Vietnam veteran. Signed by the author in ink on the title page at LonCon3 - uncommon thus. The book is in Very Good condition. It has slight fading to board edges, minor spotting and soiling to text block edges and pp 27 has several crease folds and a small nick to the fore edge. 236 pages. The jacket is also in Very Good condition. It has general surface scratching and dings, edge creasing and some sunning to the rear panel. Without packaging this book weighs 432 grams. Size: 223 x 147 x 24 mm. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # EB004161
Book Description Weidenfeld, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. VG. Jacket in mylar. Signed by author. 1st UK printing W&N 1975. Rear panel browning, board edge fade, owner blind stamp to first two endpapers. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1472681928450
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London,UK, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First UK Edition, First Printing. This true UK first edition, first printing (first impression) with no reprint to the copyright page to indicate a true first print in a New Dust Jacket. The original dust jacket is not price clipped with £3.50 present. The book is in fine condition and signed by Joe Haldeman to the title page. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002622
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, U.S.A., 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine Book & Fine Jacket, Signed, First UK Edition First Print in protective cover. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000473
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, England, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 1ST. A Very Good Copy - Signed By The Author On The Title Page. First Edition, First Printing. Book Is In Very Good + Condition. Boards Are Clean, Not Bumped. Micro Foxing Along The Top Edge. Fore Edges Have A Small Amount Of Shelf Wear. Interior Is Clean And Legible. Not Remaindered. Dust Jacket Is In Very Good + Condition. Tiny Bit Of Edge Wear, Tiny Bit Of Crinkle. Not Price Clipped. Dust Jacket Is Covered By Mylar Wrapper. Thanks And Enjoy. Signed by Author(s). Book. Seller Inventory # 017914
Book Description Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, England, 1975. No Binding. Condition: Fine-. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Fine in Fine, Signed at Worldcon, 1st UK ed 1st pt in archival protection. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 045517