Excerpt: The Forever War

Excerpt: The Forever War

The Forever War is a tremendous book, and definitely a worthy read. That being said, most of the language in this book is fairly direct and simple, which matches the tone of the book well. The main character is a very grounded person who tends to think and talk in simple, concrete terms.

The Forever War is a classic work of science fiction about a war that (due to the nature of relativity) is fought over the span of centuries, Earth time. The story follows the main character throughout his military career, and gives us a first hand look at what it’s like to be a cog in the war machine.

The Forever War Cover We were being ignored by the ship’s two doctors, who stood in bright light at operating tables, absorbed in blood rituals. I watched them for a long time. Squinting into the bright light, the blood on their green tunics could have been grease, the swathed bodies, odd soft machines that they were fixing. But the machines would cry out in their sleep, and the mechanics muttered reassurances while they plied their greasy tools.
– Joe Haldeman, The Forever War

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