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The forever war

Author: Joe W Haldeman
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st St. Martin's Griffin edView all editions and formats
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The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Science fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe W Haldeman
ISBN: 9780312536633 0312536631
OCLC Number: 243544844
Notes: Previously published in a slightly different form in paperback: New York : Ballantine Books, 1976, ©1974. This edition with a foreword ©2009 by John Scalzi.
Awards: Nebula Award for Best Novel, 1975.
Hugo Award for Best Novel, 1976.
Description: xviii, 264 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Joe Haldeman.
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The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand, despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away.

Humans first bumped heads with the Taurans when we began using collapsars to travel the stars. Although the collapsars provide nearly instantaneous travel across vast distances, the relativistic speeds associated with the process means that time passes slower for those aboard ship. For William Mandella, a physics student drafted as a soldier, that means more than 27 years will have passed between his first encounter with the Taurans and his homecoming, though he himself will have aged only a year. When Mandella finds that he can't adjust to Earth after being gone so long from home, he reenlists, only to find himself shuttled endlessly from battle to battle as the centuries pass.

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