Earth’s first interstellar war started after human space colonists were mysteriously and brutally attacked by the Taurans, an incommunicable alien race. The war is seen through William Mandella, a brilliant physics student drafted into an elite military unit. In Joe Haldeman’s Hugo and Nebula award-winning novel, The Forever War, William’s four years of service actually spans twelve centuries through the side effects of near-lightspeed travel and time dilation. Not only does William have to deal with the tedium, blood and bureaucracy of war, but with the futureshock of returning to a home nothing like he remembers. Haldeman effectively tackles time travel, PTSD and sexual politics in what is widely regarded as one of the best science fiction books ever written.