The Thousand Year War

The Forever War book coverEarth’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.