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    Joe Haldeman. The Forever War. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1974]. First edition. Signed by the author. Publisher's black cloth. Slight lean to spine. Light dampstain to dust jacket. Overall, very good.

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    Signed on the title page. Octavo. 236 pages.

     

    Publisher's black cloth with gold stamping. Cloth is rubbed on the edges and spine ends, and the spine has a slight lean. There appears to be glue residue on the front endpaper. The page edges show light general soiling. The dust jacket has minor rubbing and edge wear, and the bottom edge has a very light dampstain that just ruffles the paper without really staining it. Overall, very good.

     

    Though written as science fiction, much of this book is based on Haldeman's own combat experiences during the Vietnam War. Troops travel to distant worlds in near-light speed ships, causing them to encounter the effects of time dilation. This dilation causes time to slow for them during space travel while moving normally elsewhere. When soldiers return to civilian life, they find that their families, lives, and the entire world have changed radically and left them behind. The soldiers suffer from depression and alienation very similar to that suffered by troops returning from the Vietnam War. Considering the current condition of our world, this book is as relevant today as when it was written.

     

    Currey, p. 215.

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