Joe Haldeman

Joe William Haldeman was born June 9, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor's degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967, the same year he was drafted as a combat engineer by the United States Army. He received a Purple Heart when he was wounded in combat.

Haldeman's first novel, War Year, was published in 1972. His second novel, The Forever War, was published in 1974 and won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards for Best Novel. He is a lifetime member and past-president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The Science Fiction Writers of America named Haldeman its 27th Grand Master in 2009 and he received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award in 2010. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012. In all, Haldeman has won five Hugo Awards, five Nebula Awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (Forever Peace).

Haldeman has been married to his wife, Gay, since 1965; they reside in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mindbridge

"In the space of a few years, Joe Haldeman has come to be recognized as one of the best writers of science fiction of our time. Mindbridge, a novel at once traditional in its plot and daring new departure in its structure, is certain to add to this reputation. Jacque LeFavre lives in the formidable world of the future. A pioneer in interstellar colonization, he is the co-discoverer of a creature that acts as a psychic link...allowing one person to sense directly the thoughts and emotions of another. But he learns the terrible price of this power when his partner suddenly dies. Older, disillusioned, he is one of a team that confronts the L'vari, a race of angelic beauty but with a callus disregard for life. They are expanding through the universe and view humankind as a removable obstacle. LeFavre's assignment: establish a telepathic link with a L'vrai leader and find an alternative to the interstellar war that threatens the extinction of one of the two races."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, September 1976
This Edition: St. Martin's Press/Science Fiction Book Club, December 1976
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Hardback

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All My Sins Remembered

"Imagine: Gorilla-shaped bismuth junkies who stack their dead ancestors like cordwood in the livingroom; gentle souls who can kill with a touch or a thought. A throwback fiefdom on a planet where huge poisonous bats rule the night sky, where serpents the size of semi-trailers slither through the rotting jungle. A sarcastic mansized beetle that's a Talmudic scholar and swears like a long-shoreman. And claims to be immortal. All in a life's work for Otto McGavin: Prime Operator for the TBII, undercover guardian of the rights of aliens and humans under the confederation. Thief, spy, murderer - who with technological voodoo can take on the appearance and personality of any enemy, for months at a time. And talk fast or fight when the magic runs out. With All My Sins Remembered, Joe Haldeman continues in the tradition of The Forever War, which won both Hugo and Nebula Awards for best science fiction novel of the year, and Mindbridge - writing that critics lauded as "vastly entertaining"; "splendid, thoughtful adventure"; "vivid imagination and first-rate story-telling." In the space of a very few years, Joe Haldeman has come to be recognized as one of the best science fiction writers of our time. With All My Sins Remembered, a novel of fast-paced adventure on an assortment of bizarre worlds, he maintains this high standing. He is currently at work on a new novel and a non-fiction book on space colonization. He lives in Iowa City."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, November 1977
This Edition: St. Martin's Press, November 1977
Cover Art: Paul Stinson
Format: Hardback

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Contents: Interview: Age 22, Prologue, Redundancy Check: Age 32, To Fit the Crime, Redundancy Check: Age 39, The Only War We've Got, Redundancy Check: Age 44, All My Sins Remembered and Interview: Age 45

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All My Sins Remembered

"No creature in the galaxy is deadlier than man. Otto McGavin, one of twelve Prime Operators in the universe, worked for the clandestine arm of the trans-space peacekeeping agency as a ruthless guardian of alien rights. He traveled from planet to planet - his body encased in plastiflesh, his mind disguised by personality overlay - infiltrating bizarre alien cultures, surviving by raw instinct and violent assassination on exotic, bloodswept worlds. And always he returned to his original self - his conscience stabbed by the memory of all those he's killed in the service of interstellar harmony."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, November 1977
This Edition: Avon, November 1978
Cover Art: Michael Whelan
Format: Paperback

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Contents: Interview: Age 22, Prologue, Redundancy Check: Age 32, To Fit the Crime, Redundancy Check: Age 39, The Only War We've Got, Redundancy Check: Age 44, All My Sins Remembered and Interview: Age 45

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Worlds: A Novel of the Near Future

""You can't know space unless you were born there. You can get used to it, maybe. You can't love the surface of a planet if you were born in space. Not even Earth. Too big and too crowded and nothing between you and the sky. Things drop in straight lines. But Earth people do visit space and Worlds people do visit Earth. Always to come back changed, sometimes leaving changes." From the author of The Forever War and Mindbridge and winnder of the Hugo and Nebula awards comes a visionary novel of a very believable and frightening future that is closer than we may think. It is a future where promiscuous sex is obligatory and smoking cigarettes is illegal, and where families avoid 90 percent inheritance taxes by declaring themselves corporations. The year 2084, and nearly half a million people are living on asteroids orbiting a pollution-scarred, overcrowded Earth. These "Worlds" have been developed for their mineral resources. Raven-haired Marianne O'Hara, a brilliant political science student who was bron in the settlement of New New York, the largest of these communities, is sent to New York City on Earth for a year of postgraduate study. There she becomes an unwilling pawn in a high-tension power struggle between the Lobbies, who comprise the legitimate government of the United States, and the Third Revolution, a widespread and heavily armed political underground bent on the final destruction of Earth. Marianne's kidnapping triggers government reactions on Earth and on the Worlds that force humanity to the brink of war in which there will be no winners. Like the classics 1984 and Brave New World, Worlds startles with its probing philosophical look at a society that has its roots in the all-too-real political, economic, and social nightmares of our time."

Original Publication: Viking Press, March 1981
This Edition: Viking Press, March 1981
Cover Art: Mel Brofman
Format: Hardback

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The Forever War

"Private William Mandella is a hero in spite of himself - a reluctant conscript drafted into an elite military unit, and propelled through space and time to fight in a distant thousand year conflict. He never wanted to go to war, but the leaders on Earth have drawn a line in the interstellar sand - despite the fact that their fierce alien enemy is unknowable, unconquerable, and very far away. So Mandella will perform his duties without rancor and even rise up through the military's ranks...if he survives. But the true test of his mettle will come when he returns to Earth. Because of the time dilation caused by space travel the loyal soldier is aging months, while his home planet is aging centuries - and the difference will prove the saying: you can never go home..."

Original Publication: St. Martin's Press, January 1975
This Edition: Avon, May 1991
Cover Art: Dorian Vallejo
Format: Paperback

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The Accidental Time Machine

"Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel for Camouflage, Joe Haldeman "has quietly become one of the most important science fiction writers of our time" (Rocky Mountain News). Now he delivers a provocative novel of a man who stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime - or many lifetimes....Grad School dropout Matt Fuller is toiling as a lowly research assistant at MIT when, while measuring subtle quantum forces that relate to time changes in gravity and electromagnetic force, his calibrator disappears - and reappears, one second later. In fact, every time Matt hits the reset button, the machine goes missing twelve times longer. After tinkering with the calibrator, Matt is convinced that what he has in his possession is a time machine. And by simply attaching a metal box to it, he learns to send things through time - including a pet store turtle, which comes back no worse for wear. With a dead-end job and a girlfriend who has left him for another man, Matt has nothing to lose by taking a time machine trip himself. So he borrows an old car, stocks it with food and water, and ends up in the near future - under arrest for the murder of the car's original owner, who dropped dead after seeing Matt disappear before his eyes. The only way to beat the rap is to keep time-travelling until he finds a place in time safe enough to stop for good. But such a place may not exist..."

Original Publication: The Easton Press, July 2007
This Edition: Ace Books, August 2007
Cover Art: Craig White
Format: Hardback

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Starbound

"With Marsbound, Nebula Award winning author Joe Haldeman delivered a novel of first contact - and last chances - hailed as "classic sci-fi to be savored." Now he continues the epic story of humanity's tentative steps across the universe. But something wants humanity to stay right where it is... After the shocking first encounter between humans and alien life on Mars, Carman Dula and her husband, pilot Paul Collins, have volunteered to spend six years traveling through deepest space aboard a tiny, long-range craft with five other humans and two Martians. Their mission: travel to a distant solar system that is home to the "others" - an enigmatic, powerful, and possibly immortal race of beings who are trying to decide whether to obliterate humanity from the universe. When the team arrives at the Other's system, they land on a surprisingly Earth-like planet covered in the ruins of an ancient civilization. And as they learn more of the Other's own genesis, they try to find enough common purpose between their species to forge a delicate truce. By the time Carmen and her party are sent back to Earth, fifty years have been consumed by relativity - and the Earthlings have not been idle. They have built a massive flotilla of warships to defend Earth against the Others' expected aggression. But the Others have more power than anyone could imagine - and they will brook no insolence from the upstart human race. never go home..."

Original Publication: Ace, January 2010
This Edition: Ace, January 2010
Cover Art: Fred Gambino
Format: Hardback

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