A Separate War and Other Stories

A Separate War and Other Stories

Joe Haldeman

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin

Published: Jul 31, 2007

Words: 13770
Pages: 56


From Publishers Weekly Old pro Haldeman (_Camouflage_) has a gift for seeing issues in a sympathetic but dispassionate perspective, as shown by the 15 tales in this collection. How can we live as human beings in an uncaring universe? he asks. The title story returns to the conclusion of the Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel *The Forever War* as seen by another character, discovering uncomfortable but ultimately encouraging things about our capacity to adapt and endure. Other selections, such as "Finding My Shadow" and "Civil Disobedience," are much bleaker, as they angrily extrapolate trends in American politics and our abuse of the environment. Set on a far future Earth, "For White Hill" is one of the most memorable tragic love stories ever written as SF. While the book includes a few minor pieces, notably two early stories that contain the basis for *Camouflage*, Haldeman's work is never less than clever and sometimes much more. *(Aug.)* Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From A Separate War *serves both as an introduction to and partial "best-of" collection of the talented Joe Haldeman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards. Thought provoking, entertaining, witty, and subversive, these stories—while outlandish in plot and premise—never fail to focus on humanity's hopes, dreams, and foibles as they play out during wartime. Critics agree that the best stories in the collection include "Out of Phase," "A Separate War," "For White Hill," and "Finding My Shadow," about racism and germ warfare in Boston. A few, including "Diminished Chord" and "Memento Mori," about nanotechnology, felt lightweight in comparison. If by no means complete, Haldeman's latest collection, notes the *St. Louis Post-Dispatch*, makes "an ample case for his being considered one of science fiction and fantasies' stalwarts for years to come." Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.