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Book Title: Infinite Dreams|
The author of the book: Joe Haldeman
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Reader ratings: 3.9
Edition: Avon Books (Dresden, TN)
Date of issue: October 28th 1979
ISBN 13: 9780380476053
Format files: PDF
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I've read several of Joe Haldeman's novels, and enjoyed them, though he's not one of my favourite authors. His SF tends to be towards the hard end, though with plenty of human drama to it - much of it referencing his experiences in Vietnam. Hardish SF about war is a bit out of my central preference zone, so the fact that I enjoy his work anyway is a tribute to his ability as a writer.
So it was with these stories. Though war is not a constant theme, and some of them are softer than others, they're not necessarily the kind of stories I think of myself as preferring - but I enjoyed them anyway. They date mainly from the 70s and 80s, not the high water mark of SF short story writing as far as I'm concerned, and can tend to be slightly over-detailed, with a lot of narrative distance, and sometimes quite low stakes for the rather generic central characters (the fate of the world may hang in the balance, but the characters are usually either unaware of this or unable to do much about it). And yet they are, for the kind of stories they are, extremely well done, and I found them engaging, without being able to put my finger on exactly why.
Perhaps it's the inventiveness of the ideas; it's not just the same old story with a new twist that we get here, but something completely original and out of left field. A gypsy curse that affects computers, a futuristic Boswell's diary, a journey-to-another-star story told largely from the viewpoint of the people left behind. And underneath it all, a feeling of a generous heart, even in the stories where we never get close to the characters and then they all die apocalyptically.
The Open Road ebook edition, like most of their ebooks, could do with better editing to catch the inevitable scanning errors. I know this is hard to do, but when I see Rejkavic misspelled, or a capital letter in the middle of a sentence, or "fanner" instead of "farmer", "light" for "fight", a date given as 1076 that is obviously meant to be 1976, "IIR" for "HR" and "45TII" for "45TH", "court" for "course", "blask" for "blast", "feeing" for (I think) "seeing" and "foiled" for "failed", I think someone isn't giving enough resources to making sure the text is properly proofed. I've seen scanned books that are nearly perfect; it can be done, but Open Road doesn't seem to do it.
Setting those issues aside, this was an enjoyable read, and I recommend it.
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Read information about the authorBrother of Jack C. Haldeman II
Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA president Russell Davis called Haldeman "an extraordinarily talented writer, a respected teacher and mentor in our community, and a good friend."
Haldeman officially received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for 2010 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America at the Nebula Awards Weekend in May, 2010 in Hollywood, Fla.
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