I was about 15 when I first read Joe Haldeman’s “The Forever War“. My elder brother had brought it home from his boarding school, and when he’d finished reading it, he simply tossed it in my direction. I was at that impressionable age, and the story and characters fueled my imagination and turned me into a lifelong science fiction afficionado. I spent the next few years voraciously devouring any sci-fi books I could get my hands on. I mean come on, who doesn’t like the idea of people flying through black holes or “collapsar jumps”, where time really is relative and one could wait on a planet for hundreds of Earth years, for their loved one to join them?
I’ve just discovered that Joe Haldeman wrote 3 books in the “Forever” Series. Guess what my Christmas reading will be? I just ordered the Omnibus edition, called “Peace And War” as my original, much loved and tattered copy of The Forever War is alas, long lost in the dust of so many years and house moves.
I also read somewhere recently that The Forever War is finally going to be made into a film. I can’t wait! It had better be as good as the book.