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Though its title is similar to The Forever War and both novels deal with soldiers in the future, Forever Peace is not a direct sequel, and takes place on Earth much closer to the present day. Also, instead of extraterrestrials, the main character and his fellow soldiers are fighting third world guerrillas in an endless series of economy-driven wars. Rather than fighting in person, the American troops use remotely controlled robots (called "soldierboys") which are nearly invincible. Only the nations that possess molecular nanotechnology are able to build such machines. These nations form the first world. The necessary nanotechnology is called the Nanoforge, and can produce anything from raw atomic materials. The novel is told partly in first-person narration by the main character, Julian Class, and partly by an anonymous third-person narrator, who is able to comment on aspects of Julian's personality and background.

The predecessor to this novel, The Forever War, dealt with issues surrounding the Vietnam conflict — namely, the bonding of fellow soldiers and the emotional distance they felt from their homeland as they returned to a nation that was isolated from the war they had fought and which had changed dramatically while the soldiers had been away. Likewise, "Forever Peace" deals with issues that affect modern warriors fighting on modern (late-twentieth and early twenty-first century) battlefields. The novel deeper explores the concept in The Forever War that cloning would fundamentally alter human society, the new insights later to be used in the sequel Forever Free. Like its predecessor, the action in the book takes place in the future, though its issues are contemporary. Soldiers in Forever Peace are simultaneously engaged in and sheltered from the battles they wage thanks to the technology they are given charge of. They are remotely linked — "Jacked In," in the parlance of the novel — to the robotic equipment that does the actual fighting, by way of physical electronic jacks that are implanted in their skulls. The audio and video feeds from the robots are fed directly into the controlling soldiers' brains, so that they see and hear in first-person perspective everything happening in the battle. The control of each robot is likewise transmitted directly from its controller's brain. The soldier's physical bodies are kept safe from the battle, as they are housed in a bunker. This parallels with the experience of modern fighter pilots, drone operators and even some soldiers as they direct the war from within a fortified "green zone" or other off-battlefield location.

Meanwhile, on the homefront, the audio and video feeds from the fighting machines are carried on cable television, allowing civilian viewers to see the "action" from the safety of their living rooms. Civilians in the book are depicted discussing battles and other war actions like one would expect them to talk about episodes of a popular sitcom. People are shown even to have favorite military units or divisions. This aspect of the story has been realized in the increasing amounts of battlefield and cockpit footage carried on cable news channels and on the Internet.

The novel explores the moral questions raised by use of advanced military technology, and imagines an unusual approach to ending war permanently. The soldiers who are the focus of the novel wield their military might against unequipped third-world soldiers who must fight with bare hands and improvised weaponry. Bioethical concerns are also raised as the author discusses the effects of improper installation of these jacks into a person's skull. Another effect of this technology is a unique bonding that occurs between soldiers who are "jacked-in" together. The author uses this concept as another way to demonstrate the mark that is left on a soldier by military service, and as a way to show that there is an almost unbridgeable gap that exists between soldiers and civilians. These concepts are explored through the depiction of a civilian who finds a third-world doctor willing to perform the jack-installation procedure despite the danger posed to the patient. In the third act of the novel, the protagonists engage in an operation to radically end all wars for all time. The author proposes a new theory about the universe, in which life evolves until it can re-create the big bang, eventually destroying itself and creating another big bang, into perpetuity.

About the Author Joe Haldeman

Joe William Haldeman is an American science fiction author. Haldeman was born 09. June 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family traveled and he lived in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Bethesda, Maryland and Anchorage, Alaska as a child. Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as "Gay", in 1965. He received a bachelor of science degree in astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967. That same year he was drafted into the Army and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and his wartime experience was the inspiration for War Year, his first novel. In 1975, he received a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He currently resides in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches writing at MIT. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Haldeman is a painter.

Haldeman's most famous novel is The Forever War, inspired by his Vietnam experiences, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He later turned it into a series. Haldeman also wrote two of the earliest original novels based on the 1960s Star Trek TV series universe, Planet of Judgment (August 1977) and World Without End (February 1979). In October 2008 it was announced that Ridley Scott will direct a feature film based on The Forever War for Fox. He has served twice as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America and is currently an adjunct professor teaching writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

It's not as widely known that Haldeman has written at least one produced Hollywood movie script. The film, a low-budget science fiction film called Robot Jox, was released in 1990. He was not entirely happy with the product. Haldeman has one many major awards for his various works, and these include: The Hugo Award, 5 times for The Forever War (1976) Novel, Tricentennial (1977) - Short Story, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) Novella, "None So Blind" (1995) - Short Story, Forever Peace (1998) Novel. The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, once for Forever Peace (1998). The Nebula Award five times, for The Forever War (1975) Novel, The Hemingway Hoax (1990) Novella, "Graves" (1993) - Short Story, Forever Peace (1998) Novel and Camouflage (2004) Novel. The Rhysling Award three times, for "Saul's Death" (1984) - Long Poem, "Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh" (1991) - Short Poem and "January Fires" (2001) - Long Poem. The World Fantasy Award once, for "Graves" (1993) - Short Fiction. and The James Tiptree, Jr. Award once , for "Camouflage" (2004).

Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II (1941-2002), also a science-fiction author whose work included an original Star Trek novel (Perry's Planet, February 1980). Haldeman has written numerous works, which include: War Year (1972) , Attar's Revenge (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham , War of Nerves (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham , The Forever War (1975) , Mindbridge (1976) , Study War No More (1977) - a collection of short stories by various science fiction authors, edited by Joe Haldeman and featuring two stories by him , Planet of Judgement (1977) - a Star Trek novel , All My Sins Remembered (1977) , Infinite Dreams (1978) - short story collection , World Without End (1979) - a Star Trek novel , Worlds (1981) - first volume in "Worlds" trilogy , There is No Darkness (1983) - cowritten with Jack C. Haldeman II , Worlds Apart (1983) - second volume in "Worlds" trilogy , Dealing in Futures (1985) - short story collection , Seasons (novella, 1985) - published in Alien Stars, Elizabeth Mitchell, ed. , Tool of the Trade (1987) , Buying Time (1989) - published in the UK as The Long Habit of Living , The Hemingway Hoax (1990) , Worlds Enough and Time (1992) - third volume in "Worlds" trilogy , Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds (1993) - collection of short stories, essays and poetry. , 1968 (1995) , None So Blind (1996) - short story collection , Forever Peace (1997) , Saul's Death and Other Poems (1997) - poetry chapbook , Forever Free (1999) , The Coming (2000) , Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) - as editor , Guardian (2002) , Camouflage (2004) , Old Twentieth (2005) , War Stories (2006) - short story collection , A Separate War and Other Stories (2006) - short story collection (title story directly linked to The Forever War) , The Accidental Time Machine (2007), and Marsbound (2008).

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