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    Inscribed by Haldeman

    Joe Haldeman. The Forever War. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1974].

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. Octavo. 236 pages.

    Publisher's black buckram with gilt titles. Original pictorial dust jacket. Dedicatee's ownership signature dated in the year of publication on the front free endpaper. Mild wear to the board edges. Minor wear to the dust jacket at the flap folds and spine extremities, else a bright, near fine copy.

    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. As a result, the soldiers suffer from depression and alienation very similar to that suffered by troops returning from the Vietnam War.

    A personal photo featuring Haldeman is laid-in.

    Currey, p. 215.


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