The discussion is now open for The Forever War.
Lord Balthazar sent some discussion questions all the way from Tokyo, where he is vacationing. Here are some things to get the ball rolling:
A number of military scifi novels makes use of “the other”, the mysterious alien enemy who engenders little if any sympathy from the reader. How does Haldeman make use of this conceit in The Forever War and how does it differ from its use in other books like Ender’s Game and Old Man’s War?
The Forever Was was written in response to Haldeman’s personal experiences in Vietnam. How good a job does the novel do in reflecting our contemporary world?
The latest EOS printing of the novel includes a section titled “You Can Never Go Back” which did not appear in earlier versions. What do you think this section adds to the book? Do you feel it works as part of the overall narrative or does it feel out of place?