From Joe Haldeman, the all-time master of military science fiction, comes the new novel set in the universe of his Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic The Forever War.
An epic story about war, peace, and the price of freedom, Forever Free reintroduces listeners to William Mandella - who has been living peacefully on the planet called Middle Finger, a refuge for humans who refuse to become part of the group mind known as Man. But after decades of this peace, Mandella and others are tired of living like zoo animals. So they steal a starship - and embark upon a voyage that will forever change their understanding of the universe, and themselves.
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A rare act of delibarte written Boredom
Please note that there's no Spoiler Alert since hardly anything happens anyhow although it takes a whole book to tell you that. I think Douglas Adams once mentioned that this kind of literature exists.
So: As we leaned in the fantastic first novel Mr Mandela settled down on a planet with his sweetheart and other veterans of the forever war after both cloned mankind and cloned Taurans made peace .
now we learn that it's all bad. It's peace allright, but the planet MF sucks- it's as cold and as boring as Alaska. and cloned men/Taurans and the old human-the Vets- don't get along. it's like: what have the Clones ever done to us?
So some Vets peacefully hijack a ship to "hibernate" for the next 40.000 years and escape into the future.
Right after the start something goes wrong and the Vets have to return to the planet, only to find out that the entire population of the whole galaxy has vanished without a trace!
So they go to earth to find some answers.
they go to Disneyland where for some reason we now have to meet Shape Changers that apparently have lived among Taurans and Humans since ever in all necessary forms- from toasters, Angels, to scientist like Newton- but have also no clue what has happened.
Then something like GOD(s) appear(s) to tell that this vanishing act was HER/HIS/THEIR doing in some kind of moody experiment. The whole mass of people are stashed away somewhere in a cave, nude but piled to a cubic form and just about to feel chilly.
But in HER/HIS/THEIR grace She-He/he-She/They-they let(s) everyone re-appear.
The Vets go back to MF without complaining. End