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Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman

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Joe William Haldeman (born 1943) is an American
United States
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 science fiction author.

Haldeman was born June 9, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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. His family traveled and he lived in Puerto Rico
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, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.
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, Bethesda, Maryland
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 and Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
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 as a child. Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as "Gay", in 1965. He received a BS
Bachelor of Science
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 degree in Physics
Physics
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 and Astronomy
Astronomy
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 from the University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is a top-ranked public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C...

 in 1967. That same year he was drafted
Conscription
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 into the Army
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 and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam
Vietnam War
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"I had to stifle an impulse to laugh. Surely 'cowardice' had nothing to do with his decision. Surely he had nothing so primitive and unmilitary as a will to live."

"I never found anyone else and I don't want anyone else. I don't care whether you're ninety years old or thirty. If I can't be your lover, I'll be your nurse." Category:Science fiction authors|Haldeman, Joe fr:Joe Haldeman

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Joe William Haldeman (born 1943) is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 science fiction author.

Life


Haldeman was born June 9, 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 31st among United States cities in population. The city's population, from the 2010 census, was 579,999, with a metro-area population of 1,252,987 . In 2010, the Oklahoma...

. His family traveled and he lived in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

, New Orleans, Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress approved the creation of a permanent national capital as permitted by the U.S. Constitution....

, Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda, Maryland
Bethesda is a census designated place in southern Montgomery County, Maryland, United States, just northwest of Washington, D.C. It takes its name from a local church, the Bethesda Meeting House , which in turn took its name from Jerusalem's Pool of Bethesda...

 and Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage is a unified home rule municipality in the southcentral part of the U.S. state of Alaska. It is the northernmost major city in the United States...

 as a child. Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as "Gay", in 1965. He received a BS
Bachelor of Science
A Bachelor of Science is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for completed courses that generally last three to five years .-Australia:In Australia, the BSc is a 3 year degree, offered from 1st year on...

 degree in Physics
Physics
Physics is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.Physics is one of the oldest academic...

 and Astronomy
Astronomy
Astronomy is a natural science that deals with the study of celestial objects and phenomena that originate outside the atmosphere of Earth...

 from the University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is a top-ranked public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C...

 in 1967. That same year he was drafted
Conscription
Conscription is the compulsory enlistment of people in some sort of national service, most often military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names...

 into the Army
United States Army
The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services...

 and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam
Vietnam War
The Vietnam War was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of...

. He was wounded in combat and his wartime experience was the inspiration for War Year, his first novel. In 1975, he received an MFA
Master of Fine Arts
A Master of Fine Arts is a graduate degree typically requiring 2–3 years of postgraduate study beyond the bachelor's degree , although the term of study will vary by country or by university. The MFA is usually awarded in visual arts, creative writing, filmmaking, dance, or theatre/performing arts...

 degree in Creative Writing
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 from the University of Iowa
University of Iowa
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 Writers' Workshop
Iowa Writers' Workshop
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. He resides in Gainesville, Florida
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 and Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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 and teaches writing at MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.Founded in 1861 in...

. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Haldeman is a painter. In 2009 and 2010, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis
Pancreatitis
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.

Work


Haldeman's most famous novel is The Forever War
The Forever War
The Forever War is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species...

(1974), inspired by his Vietnam experiences, which won both the Hugo
Hugo Award
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 and Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

s. He later turned it into a series
The Forever War series
The Forever War series is a series of science fiction novels by Joe Haldeman. Not all of them take place in the same future universe.Forever Peace, while thematically linked to the previous novel The Forever War, is an entirely separate work...

. Haldeman also wrote two of the earliest original novels based on the 1960s Star Trek
Star Trek
Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. The core of Star Trek is its six television series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise...

TV series universe, Planet of Judgment
Planet of Judgment
Planet of Judgment is an early Star Trek novel, written in 1977 by Joe Haldeman. According to the author, he was approached for a two-book contract at the suggestion of Fred Pohl.-Synopsis:...

(August 1977) and World Without End
World Without End (Haldeman novel)
World Without End is a Star Trek novel, written in 1979 by Joe Haldeman, considered by some to be the epitome of Star Trek fan fiction.-Plot:...

(February 1979). In October 2008 it was announced that Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
Sir Ridley Scott is an English film director and producer. His most famous films include The Duellists , Alien , Blade Runner , Legend , Thelma & Louise , G. I...

 will direct a feature film based on The Forever War for Fox.

Haldeman has written at least one produced Hollywood movie script. The film, a low-budget science fiction film called Robot Jox
Robot Jox
Robot Jox is a 1990 science fiction film directed by Stuart Gordon, and starring Gary Graham, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Paul Koslo.-Plot:Fifty years after a nuclear holocaust, open war is forbidden by the surviving nations, which have merged into two opposing super-nations: the American-influenced...

, was released in 1990. He was not entirely happy with the product, saying "to me it’s as if I’d had a child who started out well and then sustained brain damage".

He is a lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, or SFWA is a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. It was founded in 1965 by Damon Knight under the name Science Fiction Writers of America, Inc. and it retains the acronym SFWA after a very brief use of the SFFWA...

 (SFWA), and past-president.

Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II
Jack C. Haldeman II
Jack Carroll "Jay" Haldeman II was an American biologist and science-fiction writer. He was the older brother of SF writer Joe Haldeman.- Biography :...

 (1941–2002), also a science-fiction author whose work included an original Star Trek novel (Perry's Planet, February 1980).

Hugo Award
Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards are given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was officially named the Science Fiction Achievement Awards...

  • The Forever War
    The Forever War
    The Forever War is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species...

    (1976) - Novel
  • "Tricentennial" (1977) - Short Story
  • The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax is a short novel by science fiction writer Joe Haldeman. It weaves together a story of an attempt to produce a fake Ernest Hemingway manuscript with themes concerning time travel and parallel worlds...

    (1991) - Novella
  • "None So Blind" (1995) - Short Story
  • Forever Peace
    Forever Peace
    Forever Peace is a 1997 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1998.-Plot:...

    (1998) - Novel

Nebula Award
Nebula Award
The Nebula Award is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America , for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the previous year...

  • The Forever War
    The Forever War
    The Forever War is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species...

    (1975) - Novel
  • The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax is a short novel by science fiction writer Joe Haldeman. It weaves together a story of an attempt to produce a fake Ernest Hemingway manuscript with themes concerning time travel and parallel worlds...

    (1990) - Novella
  • "Graves" (1993) - Short Story
  • Forever Peace
    Forever Peace
    Forever Peace is a 1997 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1998.-Plot:...

    (1998) - Novel
  • Camouflage
    Camouflage (book)
    Camouflage is a 2004 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2005, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004.- Plot summary :...

    (2004) - Novel

Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award
The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is an award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. It is awarded to a living author for lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Officially, it is not a Nebula Award though it is awarded at the Nebula ceremony...


Lifetime achievement, 2010, awarded at the Nebula Awards Ceremony

Rhysling Award

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

Literary works

  • War Year (1972) - Vietnam War novel, hardcover and paperback endings differ
  • Mindbridge (1976) - Hugo nominee, placed second in annual Locus Poll
    Locus Award
    The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...

  • Study War No More
    Study War No More
    Study War No More is a science fiction anthology edited by science fiction author and Vietnam War veteran Joe Haldeman. All of the short stories concern war, and were previously published in other publications. The title is derived from a line in the traditional gospel song "Down by the Riverside",...

    (1977) - a collection of short stories by various science fiction authors, edited by Joe Haldeman and featuring two stories by him
  • Planet of Judgment
    Planet of Judgment
    Planet of Judgment is an early Star Trek novel, written in 1977 by Joe Haldeman. According to the author, he was approached for a two-book contract at the suggestion of Fred Pohl.-Synopsis:...

    (1977) - a Star Trek novel
  • All My Sins Remembered (1977)
  • Infinite Dreams (1978) - short story collection
  • World Without End
    World Without End (Haldeman novel)
    World Without End is a Star Trek novel, written in 1979 by Joe Haldeman, considered by some to be the epitome of Star Trek fan fiction.-Plot:...

    (1979) - a Star Trek novel
  • There is No Darkness (1983) - cowritten with Jack C. Haldeman II
  • Dealing in Futures (1985) - short story collection
  • Seasons (novella, 1985) - published in Alien Stars, Elizabeth Mitchell, ed.
  • Tool of the Trade
    Tool of the Trade
    Tool of the Trade is a 1987 science fiction/espionage novel by Joe Haldeman.-Plot:In the waning years of the Cold War, Nicholas Foley, a Soviet sleeper agent and a survivor of the World War II siege of Leningrad, is a scientist and technological genius quietly working in American academia. He...

    (1987)
  • Buying Time (1989) - published in the UK as The Long Habit of Living
  • The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax
    The Hemingway Hoax is a short novel by science fiction writer Joe Haldeman. It weaves together a story of an attempt to produce a fake Ernest Hemingway manuscript with themes concerning time travel and parallel worlds...

    (1990)
  • Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds (1993) - collection of short stories, essays and poetry.
  • 1968 (1995)
  • None So Blind
    None So Blind
    "None So Blind" is a science fiction short story by Joe Haldeman. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and the Locus Award for Short Story in 1995, was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1994.-Plot summary:...

    (1996) - short story collection
  • Saul's Death and Other Poems (1997) - poetry chapbook
  • The Coming (2000) - Locus SF nominee, 2001
  • Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century (2001) - as editor
  • Guardian (2002)
  • Camouflage
    Camouflage (book)
    Camouflage is a 2004 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2005, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004.- Plot summary :...

    (2004) - Nebula Award winner, 2005
  • Old Twentieth (2005)
  • War Stories (2006) - short story collection
  • A Separate War and Other Stories (2006) - short story collection (title story directly linked to The Forever War
    The Forever War
    The Forever War is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species...

    )
  • The Accidental Time Machine
    The Accidental Time Machine
    The Accidental Time Machine is a science-fiction novel by Joe Haldeman that was published in 2007. The novel was a finalist for the Nebula Award in 2007, and the Locus Award in 2008.-Plot summary:...

    (2007) - Nebula Award nominee, 2007; placed fifth in annual Locus Poll
    Locus Award
    The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...


Attar the Merman

  • Attar's Revenge (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham
  • War of Nerves (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham

Mars series

  • Marsbound (2008) - (also serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact
    Analog Science Fiction and Fact
    Analog Science Fiction and Fact is an American science fiction magazine. As of 2011, it is the longest running continuously published magazine of that genre...

    ) - placed fifth in annual Locus Poll
    Locus Award
    The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...

  • Starbound (2010)
  • Earthbound (2011)

Forever series

  • The Forever War
    The Forever War
    The Forever War is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between humanity and the enigmatic Tauran species...

    (1974) - Nebula Award winner, 1975; Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1976
  • Forever Peace
    Forever Peace
    Forever Peace is a 1997 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. It won the Nebula Award, Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1998.-Plot:...

    (1997) - Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Awards winner, placed third in annual Locus Poll
    Locus Award
    The Locus Award is a literary award established in 1971 and presented to winners of Locus magazine's annual readers' poll. Currently, the Locus Awards are presented at an annual banquet...

  • Forever Free
    Forever Free (novel)
    Forever Free is a science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, the sequel to The Forever War. It was published in 1999.-Plot summary:...

    (1999)

Worlds series

  • Worlds (1981)
  • Worlds Apart (1983)
  • Worlds Enough and Time (1992)

Comic works

  • The Forever War drawn by Mark van Oppen
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

     (better known as Marvano
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

    ) (original edition La Guerre éternelle (1988–1989))
  • Forever Free drawn by Mark van Oppen
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

     (better known as Marvano
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

    ) (original edition Libre à jamais (2002))
  • Dallas Barr
    Dallas Barr
    Dallas Barr is a comic book series by Belgian artist Marvano adapted from American science fiction author Joe Haldeman's 1989 novel Buying Time. The protagonist, Dallas Barr, is 132 years old...

    drawn by Mark van Oppen
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

     (better known as Marvano
    Marvano
    -Biography:Born in 1953 in Belgium, he studied interior architecture before working as an illustrator and starting to draw graphic novels. Probably his best known work is the collaboration with Joe Haldeman on the Forever War graphic novel, an adaptation of the award-winning The Forever War novel...

    ) based on Buying Time (1996–2005)

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