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A fascinating novel that effectively asks if war is an inevitable outcome of human nature and whether to get rid of war, we have to become something other than human About 100 years in the future, nanotechnology makes it unnecessary for peoples of the rich countries to work, but all citizens have to do a few years military service to deal with the pervasive revolutionary movements in the disenfranchised Third World countries under dictatorships in alliance with the dominant powers The hero of the tale, Julian, is a draftee who is good as a team soldier but becomes alienated and eventually joins a movement to transform the world order Haldeman effectively portrays the application of a brain interface that allows remote control of robot soldiers soldierboys , an extreme extension of drones in use now Their coordinatation by telepathic links between their human drivers provides an interesting basis for a powerful band of brothers bonding process Empathy and secondary PTSD also get amplified, illustrated in a heartbreaking manner through Julian s experiences The power of such interpersonal melding to provide the seeds for making humans peaceful is exploited by a revolutionary group in the military They must race against another group, a religious cult, with plans to exploit another technology to effect an apocalypse Thus, we get a human story reflecting on war and empathy, imaginative projections about technology innovations, and an entertaining thriller A fine adjunct to Haldeman s sci fi anti war classic from 1975, The Forever War. Forever Peace Wildly implausible and poorly conceivedFor the life of me, I can t understand why Forever Peace won the Hugo, Nebula, John W Campbell Memorial Awards for Best SF novel in 1997 Certainly his earlier 1975 The Forever War is a beloved SF classic that deals with the Vietnam War, time paradoxes, and the absurdity of endless conflict First off, this book is not a direct sequel, and is hardly related other than sharing a military SF theme Even that connection is tenuous, so I can only think the publisher intended to sell copies by linking them It creates unfair comparisons, as this booked should be judged solely on its own merits or lack of I though this book was pretty bad, but the only way to explain why is to enter spoiler territory, so if you plan to read the book, stop right now Here we go Forever Peace is about a near future Earth split into two groups the advanced, lighter skinned countries the haves , and the poorer, darker skinned countries the have nots In the richer countries, the development of nano forges has let to a post scarcity society in which hunger and hardship are conquered, but the rest of the world is locked out of this and is understandably upset about it So the Alliance is fighting an endless guerilla conflict in dozens of locations against the loosely connected Ngumi It s never clear why the overwhelmingly superior technology of the Alliance cannot prevail over the far inferior Ngumi countries It s just assumed that guerrilla tactics drag out the conflict It s also never explained why nano forge technology cannot be shared with the have nots to create a harmonious world.Anyway, the book starts out fairly interesting Julian Class is a middle aged physicist who operates a soldierboy an ultra powerful weaponized mech that is controlled remotely via telepathic link and controls a squad of 20 other soldierboys who conduct various limited engagement operations in Panama, in this case When the squad is linked telepathically, they share all their innermost thoughts and form a very tight bond This helps them function fairly seamlessly as a team, but prevents any thoughts from staying private Julian is not a war mongerer, but citizens must provide several years of military service, and he feels strongly attracted to that psychic bond, even though the military ops leave him morally conflicted sometimes This escalates to PTSD when a peace keeping operation goes terribly wrong, killing hundreds of civilians Julian is also dating an older particle physicist named Amelia Blaze Harding, who happens to be working on an ultra secret theoretical project to replicate the initial Big Bang conditions on the other side of Jupiter dubbed The Jupiter Project With absolutely no plausible explanations, we are led to understand that the experiment could either result in a greater number of universes, or destroy our universe completely But for some crazy reason, Amelia and her physicist partners don t really see this as a big problem and submit the technical details to an academic journal for review Well, it so happens there is a secret Christian fundamentalist cult that has infiltrated the top levels of the military called Hammer of God , and they ve been eagerly awaiting an opportunity like this the chance to destroy an evil godless world and create a new universe How convenient This was so completely ridiculous that I laughed out loud, until I realized that Haldeman was completely serious.So having started out as a fairly interesting exploration of psychic linked military ops, the story suddenly devolves into an incoherent techno thriller in which ultra deadly Hammer of God assassins stalk Julian and Amelia and their friends in an attempt to make sure that the Jupiter Project is not interfered with, which is confusing since it was Amelia and her science partners that proposed it in the first place.Events culminate with a big high tech battle on a US military base where soldiers controlled by Hammer of God try to take over and ensure that the world can be destroyed as planned via the Jupiter Project say what There are quite a number of characters trying to kill each other, and I couldn t keep them straight.Somewhere during the story we also learn how the US has become racist in the future remember the dark skinned and light skinned Alliance and Ngumi conflict , and Julian and Amelia are a mixed race couple, which is frowned upon This seemed to serve no real purpose in the story other than as a half baked attempt to appear sensitive to race issues Just making your characters mixed race does not count as a meaningful examination of race relations There are also Julian s suicidal feelings as a result of his PTSD thrown in, but this gets fairly short shrift amid the chaotic techno thriller business.Just when I though that a single book couldn t pile on any implausibilities, the conclusion of the story was a complete stunner It turns out that drum roll the psychic link that the soldierboy operators share called jacking in actually suppresses all aggressive thoughts if the link is shared for a prolonged stretch of.two weeks So Haldeman is trying to convince me that for this incredible technology that links minds together and lays all secrets open, which must have been developed over many years with hundreds of test subjects, NOBODY EVER NOTICED THIS That military units didn t at first know their soldiers would lose the will to fight after 2 weeks And that s why they rotate them before then And that this amazing technology is routinely used throughout society but nobody recognized the implications.To make things even absurd, Julian and Amelia and their friends decide the best way to cure the world of war, conflict, and economic gaps is to conduct mass surgeries to install the jacking technology to as many people as possible to demonstrate its wonderful pacifying effect Their only concern is to make sure to operate on both sides at the same time so the non pacified side doesn t wipe out the other side first I m sorry, but the whole scheme is completely hare brained and I was stunned once again that this book swept the major awards in 1997 I kept wondering if I was perhaps reading the wrong book, but sadly not.So in the end the Jupiter Project is foiled Yay , the Hammer of God fanatics are beaten Hooray , the interracial couple is saved Yahoo , and all war and economic inequality will be vanquished Yippee once we all share our innermost thoughts, because everyone knows that you won t have bad thoughts if you have to share your mind with others Are you kidding me I think if people knew the innermost thoughts of each other, they d be at each other s throats in a heartbeat Call me a cynic, but I think it s only the fact that we can keep our less charitable thoughts private that we can maintain the fa ade of civility.I ve read a lot of high quality SF in the last year, so this book really stood out as a dud I ll keep my fingers crossed for better books ahead. 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Casualties of the Last War But don t relate it to The Forever War please It feels bizarre to critisize Haldeman for not being a very good writer on one hand, while praising what he wrote in 1974, but he isn t a good writer Sometimes he has great ideas, but the execution Ah the execution Take for instance I usually did my unwinding back in Houston, though It was easy for rebels to slip across the border and pass as Panamanians.Wait, which border Does he mean the border with Texas Because he was just talking about relaxing in Houston But that wouldn t make much sense Houston is not on any border, and Panama is the furthest Central American country from Texas oh wait I guess he means the border between Costa Rica and Panama, where his platoon is stationed I gathered that later But he just threw that sentence in about rebels slipping across the border apropo of nothing as he said he was relaxing in Houston I was a little confused, but I shouldn t be reading something wondering who, what, where, when, and why, with the frequency as I did while reading this book There are no chapters and very little organization I mean, the book reads like he started with one idea of writing a book about one idea, and then about halfway, he just changed his mind and wanted to write about something else I constantly had the image of Haldeman just wandering through the woods with a digital recorder, narrating for a few hours everyday, and then eventually typing it up Sloppy organization and execution If Peter Hamilton is the hardcore extreme of too much worldbuilding, I feel Joe Haldeman is at the anorexic other end of that spectrum Guy doesn t give a shit about his setting You d think that in such a technologically advanced society, where technology exists that allows us to share and empathize with every feeling and sensation with other humans in that net, to the ridiculous point where the protagonist I kid you not, actually FUCKING MENSTRUATES, we d see interesting travel technology than planes and trains The setting has no thought put into it He did the same thing with his last book The Accidental Time Machine, where he made jumping into the far future so boring I apologize if I may be carrying some baggage from that horrible thing By the way, just as a question for the intermission Who the fuck designs combat robots where the controller can PHYSICALLY FUCKING DIE if the aforementioned controlled subject suffers heavy trauma It s akin to attaching a transmitter to the Mars Rover that transmits ELECTRICAL SHOCKS TO THE HEART to its NASA operators for whenever it encounters some sort of trouble roving the Martian landscape Isn t the point of creating remotely operated killing machines that the operator would be safe from death Nope In fact, the author quickly points out at the outset that the operators actually have the highest death rate in the military WTF I think I was down for the count right there within the first 20 pgs when he said that Moving on Our protagonist is black, and dating an older white woman This brings them alot of unpleasant and unwanted attention In the year 2043 I d like to think we would ve way past the point where mixed raced relationships would still garner harsh looks, 31 years in the future He sort of tries to explain it by saying that racism has made a nasty comeback, because in the future, the West is in a war with a global nebulous guerilla faction s operating from Central America, South America, part of Asia, and Africa So its set up as a war between the darker skinned people versus the lighter skinned people That s the explanation, but I feel like he was just trying to force a racial theme where it wasn t really needed And then the solution The way to Forever Peace The solution to war is.I will spare you the details of that because I will spoil the ending I just think it was pretty ridiculous I can deal with fantasy, I can deal with Daenerys and her dragons, Ozzie and his wormholes, and the Culture s shipminds, but I couldn t deal with the ridiculous solution to war that comprises the second half of this book Dont take my word for it, I m in the minority Read it to believe it and get back to me Disagree with my scalding rant I welcome you too. This book is either the best bad book or the worst good book in science fiction, depending on your perspective Its plot and structure are a jumbled mess It basically reads like two separate novellas forced together into a single storyline The first storyline revolves around the technological as well as psychological needs for fighting a near future worldwide guerilla war, in which the powers behind a globalized World System must suppress desperate peasants who are on the losing end of that equation with little hope for changing it The second storyline revolves scientists pursuing a technological revolution that will transform the very nature of human existence and make war obsolete or even psychologically impossible What is tragic is that either storyline would have been interesting on its own, but smashed together neither is very convincing or rewarding.There are still reasons to read this book Haldeman s vision of the future seems uncannily astute to me He wrote this novel several years before the global conflict between the Western led World System and terrorist insurgencies that has flared up in the early 21st century, yet Haldeman s book may offer a vision of what that conflict might look like in the future Additionally, he is one of the first sci fi authors to make compelling use of nanotechnology His vision of a society in which work is almost discretionary because virtually everything can be built from the atomic level by automated nanotech factories may yet be prophetic, as scientists today research that very technological path. This book starts slowly, then builds up a formidable foundation of ideas and possibilities before devolving to a fairly silly conclusion In some ways I found it similar to works by the likes of Crichton or Neal Stephenson that build a fascinating world on an engaging premise, then rapidly and artificially generate and resolve a crisis to stand as a plot I often wish that these authors could take the course of books that exist without plots of deadly peril or fearsome crisis books like some of Clark s work or even On the Beach well, the peril is unavoidable in that one The ideas in this book especially could have benefited from such treatment, and there are a lot of interesting ideas packed in this book.The book alternates between first and third person sections At first, this seems to highlight the alienation of the protagonist from his own reality, which is perfectly in keeping with the initial themes and premises of the book Most of the third person sections are limited subjective, especially at first However, fairly early in the book there are bursts of objective omniscient These become frequent as the book continues, and the first person sections also shift to being future aware I found this effect jarring and somewhat mystifying, it seemed as if Haldeman started with an effect that was thematically meaningful and then threw it away when it became inconvenient There were also a few sections where third and first person perspectives were intermingled, suggesting that the author just didn t care that much about the possible meaning of the effect, and he was just doing it for forms sake Either that, or he had given up on his themes entirely and was just trying to wrap up the story.Unfortunately, there are lots of other indications that this latter possibility may be the case Interesting threads are dropped and mangled Characters behave and inconsistently One of the main character features of the protagonist is that he has suicidal tendencies One of the major ideas of the book is collective identity building through a sort of machine assisted telepathy, which becomes a central part of the plot resolution when we abruptly learn that people who have gone sufficiently hive mind can no longer abide the idea of violence to other people, because their empathy is so great The fact that this explanation doesn t work for people who are fundamentally self destructive is completely ignored, which might be overlooked if we hadn t already established that the focal character is on the brink of total self destruction through the entire book.Then there are the antagonists and their plot to end the universe In order to make their goal make sense, Haldeman makes them religious fanatics In order to make them formidable, he makes them outrageously effective and lethal assassins, highly trained and extremely highly placed, with thousands of operatives in the highest branches of government including, you guessed it, the vice president of the united states why is it always the vice president Before the book is half over, Haldeman has abandoned any attempt to keep these guys believable or even consistent They become cartoon boogeymen and women who are all instantly recognizable as dangerous psychopaths, yet keep upper echelon jobs in academia and government It s all pretty silly Then there s the ending of the book a neat bow on a package ending that is precious a giant death machine robot and a naked little girl walking hand in hand across a battleground , but not particularly compelling or believable All of this nonsense is necessary for Haldeman s plot to be achieved, but the shame of it is that there would have been plenty to engage me in this book without the plot A simpler story, or even a landscape treatment with no central plot at all would have been preferable to the overwrought and belabored doomsday story that required the author to sell off the books promise piecemeal. Definitely not the quality of The Forever War Don t get confused by the similar Forever title this is not a second part of Forever War, it doesn t share the setting and is only vaguely based on similar ideas The second part of Forever War is Forever Free.Nice story telling Characters are a bit extreme with suicidal tendencies and a good bit confusion The last third reads rushed and the ending was a bit of a letdown. Forever Peace The Forever War 2 , Joe Haldeman Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.This is the reading list that follows the old adage, if it ain t broke, don t fix it I loved reading the Locus Sci Fi Award winners so I m going to crack on with the Hugo winners next but only the post 1980 winners, I ll follow up with pre 1980 another time.I m probably in a distinct minority, having read Forever Peace but not Forever War yet Apparently, in comparison, a lot of people think this one comes off the weaker but on it s own, without that comparison I thought it was top notch.The moments of action have a heart attack intensity, but the bigger slice of the book is focused on the psychological effect that has on the soldiers, and how turning a weapons tech on it s head can actually be the spark that unites mankind and triggers a mini transcendence This is the eye of the needle between utter destruction and utopia Big stakes, a lot of smarts and a flawed hero I really felt my heart go out to.I d really like to read the other two books in this series, and will definitely be adding them to my Finishing the Series list as soon as I clear enough of the sequels currently clogging it up I have 40 books sitting on my review soon shelf that I just don t have time to write proper reviews for, so I m going to bash out as many of these mini reviews as I can before Christmas NoteIf you re surprised by how many likes this review has, it s because during the Great Goodreads Debacle following the GR merger when good folk were leaving the community due to the unnecessary moderation censorship of reviews I used this book review which I hadn t read at the time as a place to chip in my own two cents regarding reconcilliation, community engagement and a route to our own slice of forever peace That rambling post got a fair amount of likes, and has now been replaced with this stub of a review After this I read A Wizard of Earthsea This is not a sequel to The Forever War.Haldeman says it is not, in a statement at the beginning of the 1997 novel, that it is related in setting but not a sequel, and not really related that much.So why the title Well, it s about the storyline, a strangely intriguing idea that the reader doesn t entirely get until near the end Fans of his earlier Forever War, first published in 1974, will notice some similarities in the centralized welfare state and obligatory civil service, and in his casually disaffected narration Both protagonists are fringe elements, a part of the described society but not card carrying proponents of the larger socio political majority.Forever Peace is an intriguing mix of John Brunner, John Scalzi and William Gibson and blended together with Haldeman s exceptional storytelling ability Both books earned the Hugo and Nebula awards Set in the middle of the twenty first century, Haldeman describes a world where the Forever War society is at war with the Ngumi, a loose confederacy of South American and African nations, and where the heavy lifting of war falls primarily on the Soldier Boys remote controlled androids with superhuman abilities Soldier Boy platoons are jacked together and experience a telepathic union.The novel also illustrates a scientific discovery of a potential doomsday device and a fanatical religious society s intervention in the mix Told with a sometimes confusing shifting first and third person narration, Haldeman also explores the warlike fundamental nature of man.Good SF.