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Julian Class is a full-time professor and part-time combat veteran who spends a third of each month virtually wired to a robotic "soldierboy." The soldierboys, along with flyboys and other advanced constructs, allow the U.S. to wage a remotely controlled war against constant uprisings in the Third World. The conflicts are largely driven by the so-called First World countries' access to nanoforges--devices that can almost instantly manufacture any product imaginable, given the proper raw materials--and the Third World countries' lack of access to these devices. But even as Julian learns that the consensual reality shared by soldierboy operators can lead to universal peace, the nanoforges create a way for humanity to utterly destroy itself, and it will be a race against time to see which will happen first. Although Forever Peace bears a title similar to Joe Haldeman's classic novel The Forever War, he says it's not a sequel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Veteran sf writer Haldeman views this novel not as a continuation of but as a follow-up to the problems raised in his highly acclaimed 1975 novel, Forever War. In the Universal Welfare State in 2043, draftees and volunteers link their brains to "soldierboy" war machines that do the actual fighting hundreds of miles away. Black physics professor and linked draftee Julian Class; his white mentor and lover, Dr. Amelia Harding; and her colleague Peter discover that the high-profile Jupiter Project is about to re-create the Big Bang that will destroy the solar system. The original 20 survivors of an experiment to link brains via implanted jacks discover they can turn people into pacifists by linking them for two weeks. Together with Julian and Amelia, the group stays one jump ahead of assassins as they try to stop the project and pacify key figures. At once a hard science, military, and political thriller, this book presents a thoughtful and hopeful solution to ending war in the 21st century. Essential for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Good writing, great pace but the ending is terrible. I do not like to spend hours reading a book and realize at that the author just did not know how to finish that story.Published on May 17 2013 by Sebastien Bouchard
FOREVER PEACE started off great - the first half set up an interesting world and protagonist. But half way through it turned into a conspiracy thriller and it lost me. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2013 by f.v.
When I first started to read this novel I was getting interested in the beginning up to the halfway mark. Then a really good twist to the novel that makes me want to read more. Read morePublished on June 11 2012 by Andres
The main character is a soldier in the not so distant future. The world is primarily split between the developed countries and the have-nots. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
We've all read (or seen movies about) insidious conspiracies in which some sort of sinister force starts taking over people's minds. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Amazon Customer
I have never read Haldeman before. The only thing I knew he is considered a good writer, so I decided to read a sf novel from a good author. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by JEO
I am a big fan of THE FOREVER WAR, but this "prequel" is highly disappointing, especially if you were expecting much more (like me) based on your love of WAR. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004 by Dave Huber
Great Haldeman book -- his classic mixture of warrior-healer is very much in force here (i.e. first he kills you then he heals you). Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003 by Gordon Rios