Joe William Haldeman (born June 9, 1943) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his novel The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works, including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards, including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award.
Haldeman at Finncon 2007
June 9, 1943 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
|Pen name||Robert Graham|
|Literary movement||Military sci-fi|
|Notable works||The Forever War|
|Relatives||Jack C. Haldeman II, brother|
Many of Haldeman's works, including his debut novel War Year and his second novel The Forever War, were inspired by his experiences related to serving in the Vietnam War. Wounded in combat, he struggled to adjust to civilian life after returning home.
Haldeman was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His family traveled and he lived in Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Washington DC, Bethesda (Maryland), and Anchorage (Alaska) as a child. He had to repeatedly start classes as a new kid in local schools.
He was immediately drafted into the United States Army, where he served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart. His wartime experience inspired his first novel War Year. In addition, in his later books such as The Hemingway Hoax and Old Twentieth, he continued to explore through fiction the experience of combat soldiers in Vietnam and other wars, both during the wars and after return home.
Haldeman's first book was a 122-page novel, War Year, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in May 1972. The novel was sold with the help of fellow writer Ben Bova. It was based on his letters home from Vietnam, and was marketed as both mainstream and Young Adult. His most famous novel is his second, The Forever War (St. Martin's Press, 1974), which was inspired by his Vietnam experiences and originated as his MFA thesis for the Iowa Writers' Workshop. It won the year's "Best Novel" Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards. He later adapted it as a series.
In 1975, two Attar novels were published as Pocket Books paperback originals under the pen name Robert Graham. Haldeman also wrote two of the earliest original novels based on the 1960s Star Trek television series universe, Planet of Judgment (August 1977) and World Without End (February 1979).
In a college creative writing class in 1967, Haldeman wrote the first two SF stories which he (later) sold. "Out of Phase" was published in the September 1969 Galaxy magazine, and "the other worked its way down to a penny-a-word market, Amazing Stories, and netted me all of $15 -- but then years later it was adapted for The Twilight Zone, for fifty times as much. Not bad for a story banged out overnight to meet a class deadline."
Haldeman has written at least one produced Hollywood movie script. The film, a low-budget science fiction film called Robot Jox, 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".
In a 2016 interview, Haldeman said, "Jack of all trades, master of none I think. It’s a way to go. Not all writers go that way, but many of them do. On a day-to-day basis I wake up in the morning and I can do anything I feel like doing. I don’t say, uh oh, I’ve get back to that damn novel again. I can always write a poem or something. ... " 
The Science Fiction Writers of America officers and past presidents selected Haldeman as the 27th SFWA Grand Master in 2009, and he received the corresponding Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement as a writer during Nebula Awards weekend in 2010. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in June 2012.
He has also won numerous annual awards for particular works.
- "Hero" (1972) - Novella
- The Forever War (1974) – Novel
- "Tricentennial" (1977) – Short Story
- The Hemingway Hoax (1991) – Novella
- None So Blind (1995) – Short Story
- Forever Peace (1998) – Novel
- "Four Short Novels" (2003) - Short Story
- Forever Peace (1998)
- The Forever War (1975) – Novel
- The Hemingway Hoax (1990) – Novella
- "Graves" (1993) – Short Story
- Forever Peace (1998) – Novel
- Camouflage (2004) – Novel
- "Saul's Death" (1984) – Long Poem
- "Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh" (1991) – Short Poem
- "January Fires" (2001) – Long Poem
- "Graves" (1993) – Short Fiction
- Camouflage (2004)
- The Forever War (1974) (Nebula Award winner, 1975; Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1976)
- "A Separate War" (1999, short story; appeared first in the anthology Far Horizons, now collected in War Stories and A Separate War and Other Stories) (The story of Marygay Potter after she parts with William Mandella in The Forever War)
- Forever Free (1999) (a direct sequel to the first novel)
Attar (the Merman) seriesEdit
- Attar's Revenge (1975) (published under the pseudonym Robert Graham)
- War of Nerves (1975) (published under the pseudonym Robert Graham)
Forever Peace seriesEdit
- Forever Peace (1997) (while thematically linked to Haldeman's The Forever War series, Forever Peace is not set in the same universe)
- "Forever Bound" (2010, short story; appears in the anthology Warriors) (a prequel to Forever Peace, it tells the story of Julian Class being drafted and trained as a soldierboy while falling in love with Carolyn)
- Marsbound (2008) (also serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact) – placed fifth in annual Locus Poll)
- Starbound (2010)
- Earthbound (2011)
Star Trek: The Original Series novelsEdit
- War Year (1972) – nongenre Vietnam War novel, hardcover and paperback endings differ
- Mindbridge (1976) – Hugo nominee, placed second in annual Locus Poll
- All My Sins Remembered (1977)
- There is No Darkness (1983) – cowritten with Jack C. Haldeman II
- Tool of the Trade (1987)
- Buying Time (1989) – published in the UK as The Long Habit of Living
- The Hemingway Hoax (1990)
- The Long Habit of Living (1990)
- 1968 (1994) (novel) – Vietnam War novel
- The Coming (2000) – Locus SF nominee, 2001
- Guardian (2002)
- Camouflage (2004) – Nebula Award winner, 2005
- Old Twentieth (2005)
- The Accidental Time Machine (2007) – Nebula Award nominee, 2007; placed fifth in annual Locus Poll
- Work Done For Hire (2014)
Short fiction collectionEdit
- Infinite Dreams (1978)
- Dealing in Futures (1985)
- Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds (1993)
- None So Blind (1996)
- War Stories (2006)
- A Separate War and Other Stories (2006)
- The Best of Joe Haldeman (2013)
- Cosmic Laughter (1974)
- Study War No More (1977)
- Nebula Award Stories Seventeen (1983)
- Body Armor: 2000 (1986) (with Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Supertanks (1987) (with Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Space-Fighters (1988) (with Charles G. Waugh and Martin H. Greenberg)
- Future Weapons of War (2007) (with Martin H. Greenberg)
- The Forever War drawn by Mark van Oppen (better known as Marvano) (original edition La Guerre éternelle (1988–1989))
- Forever Free drawn by Mark van Oppen (better known as Marvano) (original edition Libre à jamais (2002))
- Dallas Barr drawn by Mark van Oppen (better known as Marvano) based on Buying Time (1996–2005)
- Saul's Death and Other Poems (1997)
List of poemsEdit
|Rounder||2013||Haldeman, Joe (Mar 2013). "Rounder". Asimov's Science Fiction. Vol. 37 no. 3. p. 105.|
- Joe Haldeman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2013-04-04. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- "Haldeman, Joe" Archived 2007-08-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master" Archived 2013-03-08 at the Wayback Machine.. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "Science Fiction Hall of Fame: EMP Museum Announces the 2012 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees". May/June 2012. EMP Museum (empmuseum.org). Archived 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
- According to the author's note (page 278) in the SF-novel The Accidental Time Machine
- Joe Haldeman
- "Macmillan entry for author". Retrieved 2013-10-22.
- "Faculty". Writing and Humanistic Studies. MIT. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- Haldeman, Joe. "[homepage]". Joe Haldeman [website]. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
- "Joe Haldeman: Art for Art's Sake". Locus Online. October 2001. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- Hamit: LepreCon 38: A Con The Way They Used To Be. File770.com.[full citation needed]
- "Sci-fi legend Joe Haldeman in intensive care". September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009.
- Autobiogaphical ramble by Joe Haldeman
- "Robot Jox". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Michael McGraw-Herdeg (October 17, 2008). "Prof. Haldeman's Novel 'Forever War' Picked Up By 20th Century Fox Film". The Tech. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Joy Ward interviews Joe Haldeman Archived 2016-06-03 at the Wayback Machine., Galaxy's Edge magazine, January 2016
- "Foxhole Pizza and Interstellar Quail: Cooking the Books with Joe and Gay Haldeman". Sfwa.org.[page needed]
- "1976 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "1975 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2000-08-18. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
- "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "2005 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "2007 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
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- Official website
- "Autobiographical Ramble", 16,600 words
- Daily diary on sff.net
- Blog on LiveJournal
- Joe Haldeman at the Wayback Machine (archived May 10, 2013) at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame (archived 2013-05-10)
- Joe Haldeman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Joe Haldeman at Goodreads
- Joe Haldeman at the Internet Book List
- Complete list of sci-fi award wins and nominations by novel
- Review of War Stories[dead link]
- Joe Haldeman at Fantastic Fiction
- Joe Haldeman at Library of Congress Authorities, with 46 catalog records
- Robert Graham at LC Authorities (no records)