The Forever War Kindle Edition for 25 cents


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/12/06/the-forever-war-kindle-edition.html


#2

Hey, the link in the “and added the audiobook version for $3.50” section is a link that causes Amazon to sell you the ebook, and then offer the audible add-on.
I was going to buy anyway, but it’s really disconcerting to click a link and arrive at a purchase confirmation page – I thought I had carefully never turned on one-click ordering.
Just so you know.

Edit: the plot thickens; I was not charged for the book, it just showed me the purchase confirmation page?


#3

Awesome book; I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a while. Interstellar war with no FTL travel makes for a fascinating setting.


#4

The Forever War is a justly praised classic, worth every accolade it’s collected.

Forever Peace is a novel related in theme but is in no way a sequel to The Forever War. It’s not bad, but it’s not on anyone’s top 10 list.

Forever Free is a direct sequel to The Forever War. I thought, again, it wasn’t bad, but a little squishy at the end.


#5

FYI: The affiliate tag in your first link is invalid.


#6

I saw the same thing.

Weird, isn’t it?


#7

There is FTL travel in Forever War, it’s just that the spaceships have to use relativistic travel to get between the collapsar stargates used for FTL. I think this was mainly done for novelistic reasons, in order that the war could carry on long enough for relativity to have a dramatic effect.


#8

I thought it was only near-lightspeed travel, with the resulting time
dilation effects. Been a while since I read it. But I ponied up a quarter
so I can read it again. :slight_smile:


#9

yep, Forever War is a bona fide classic, would be worth 100 times the 25 cents, Forever Free was such garbage I didn’t bother with Forever Peace in the omnibus of all three I bought.


#10

Kindle Price: $11.38

Oh well


#11

Down in the basement, I have the book. I have the Analog bits. I have an outtake or two, either in Galaxy or Analog, I forget.

Off to the basement to do some mining!
"Hsssssst!"
Wut?


#12

Never got around to this one, but I recommend his Vietnam War novel, War Year.


#13

This title is not currently available for purchase

Oh well


#14

Although not as good a novel as Forever War, Forever Peace may actually be the most important of the three.

It has a lot to say about the impact of drone warfare, from before anyone realised what that was.


#15

Same here. Apparently I wasn’t charged for the book either?


#16

I got dropped off on the same page. I had purchased the Kindle addition back in 2012 so I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it. I wasn’t charged either.


#17

Second best American work of fiction about 'Nam, after The Things They Carried.

Is it FTL, or just light-speed from collapsar to collapsar? Admittedly I haven’t read it in, well, forever. It may be time for a revisit (something I rarely do with any book).


#18

I read “A Separate War” in the Far Horizons anthology, which I fear has spoiled much of the story. But I’ve heard enough good things about this novel that I’d still like to read it some day.


#19

I think that one is also published as “1968” – powerful story.


#20

My copy’s packed away in a box… somewhere… so I can’t quote it, but a look at the TVTropes page on the book confirms my memory.