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Encyclopedia > Joe Haldeman
Science Fiction Writer
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Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow
Born: born June 9, 1943
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Occupation(s): Novelist
Genre(s): Science fiction
Literary movement: Military SF
Debut work(s): "War Year"
Magnum Opus: The Forever War

Joseph William Haldeman is an American science fiction author. Haldeman was born 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 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 at MIT. Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... 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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). The Forever War. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... The Forever War series is a series of science fiction novels by Joe Haldeman which take place over the next thousand years. ... The current Star Trek franchise logo Star Trek is an American science fiction franchise. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Planet of Judgment (1977) by Joe Haldeman Plot Synopsis: The crew of the Starship Enterprise goes on a routine diplomatic mission to the Starfleet Academy, where its sensors detect the presence of an unknown planet, orbited by a sun no larger than a pea. ...

It's not as widely known that Haldeman has written at least one produced Hollywood movie script. The film, a low-budget sci-fi called Robot Jox, was released in 1990. Robot Jox is a 1990 science fiction movie directed by Stuart Gordon. ...

Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II (1941-2002), also a science-fiction author whose work includes an original Star Trek novel (Perry's Planet, February 1980). Jack C. Haldeman II (December 11, 1941 - January 1, 2002) was a biologist and science fiction writer. ...


Major awards

Hugo Award

  • The Forever War (1976) - Novel
  • Tricentennial (1977) - Short Story
  • The Hemingway Hoax (1991) - Novella
  • "None So Blind" (1995) - Short Story
  • Forever Peace (1998) - Best Novel

John W. Campbell Award

  • Forever Peace (1998) - John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Nebula Award

  • The Forever War (1975) - Novel
  • The Hemingway Hoax (1990) - Novella
  • "Graves" (1993) - Short Story
  • Forever Peace (1998) - Novel
  • Camouflage (2004) - Novel

Rhysling Award

  • "Saul's Death" (1984) - Long Poem
  • "Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh" (1991) - Short Poem
  • "January Fires" (2001) - Long Poem

World Fantasy Award

  • "Graves" (1993) - Short Fiction

Selected bibliography

  • 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
  • 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 (2006) - short story collection

The Forever War. ... Study War No More is a science fiction anthology edited by Joe Haldeman whose short-stories concerns war. ... Tool of the Trade is a 1987 science fiction/espionage novel by Joe Haldeman. ... The Hemingway Hoax is a short novel by science fiction writer Joe Haldeman. ... Forever Peace is a 1997 Hugo Award winning science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. ... Forever Free is a science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman and the sequel to The Forever War. ... Camouflage is a 2004 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. ...

External links

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Joe Haldeman
  • Joe Haldeman's Website
  • All of Joe Haldeman's audio interviews on the podcast The Future And You (in which he describes his expectations of the future)
  • Joe Haldeman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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  • Interview conducted by Roger Deforest at HardSF.net (2006)

  Results from FactBites:
Classic Sci-Fi Reviews: The Forever War (540 words)
Haldeman's most striking exploration of cultural alienation, not surprisingly, occurs when Mandella and Marygay choose to return to the army they couldn't wait to leave just months earlier, because they no longer feel Earth has a place for them.
In Mandella, Haldeman creates an excellent character to explore these issues--a reluctant soldier with no prior interest in the military, and one who his own superiors think would be unable to kill a human.
Haldeman creates some very intense battle scenes, and the effects of time dilation introduce interesting uncertainties as the humans and Taurans battle for strategic control of the collapsars.
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