Joe Haldeman

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.[2]

He was awarded the SFWA Grand Master for career achievements.[2][3] In 2012 he was inducted as a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.[4]

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.

Joe Haldeman
Haldeman at Finncon 2007
Haldeman at Finncon 2007
BornJune 9, 1943 (age 75)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Pen nameRobert Graham[1]
GenreScience fiction
Literary movementMilitary sci-fi
Notable worksThe Forever War
RelativesJack C. Haldeman II, brother


Haldeman was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[5] 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.

In 1965, Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as "Gay". He received a BS degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967.[6]

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.[7] 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.

In 1975, he received an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.[8]

Haldeman resides alternately in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1983, he has been an Adjunct Professor teaching writing[9][10] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT serves as the setting for his 2007 novel, The Accidental Time Machine. Haldeman is also a painter.[11]

In 2009 and 2010, Haldeman was hospitalized for pancreatitis.[12][13]


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.[14] 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.[2] He later wrote sequels.

In 1975, two Attar novels were published as Pocket Books paperback originals under the pen name Robert Graham.[1] 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."[14]

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.[15] 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".[16]

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. ... " [17]

Major awards

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.[2][3] The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in June 2012.[4]

He has also won numerous annual awards for particular works.[2]

He is a lifetime member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and past-president.[18]

His filk song "The Ballad of Stan Long (a sexist epic)" received a Pegasus Award in 2005.[19]

Hugo Award

John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Forever Peace (1998)[21]

Nebula Award

Locus Award

Rhysling Award

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

World Fantasy Award

  • "Graves" (1993) – Short Fiction[24]

James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Pegasus Award

  • "The Ballad of Stan Long (a sexist epic)" (2005) - Best Space Opera Song


Forever War series

  • The Forever War (1974) (Nebula Award winner, 1975;[22] Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1976[20])
  • "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) series

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

Worlds series

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

Forever Peace series

  • 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 trilogy

Star Trek: The Original Series novels


  • War Year (1972) – nongenre Vietnam War novel, hardcover and paperback endings differ
  • Mindbridge (1976) – Hugo nominee, placed second in annual Locus Poll[2]
  • 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[25]
  • Guardian (2002)
  • Camouflage (2004) – Nebula Award winner, 2005[26]
  • Old Twentieth (2005)
  • The Accidental Time Machine (2007) – Nebula Award nominee, 2007;[27] placed fifth in annual Locus Poll[2]
  • Work Done For Hire (2014)

Short fiction collection

  • 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)

Anthologies edited




  • Saul's Death and Other Poems (1997)

List of poems

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Rounder 2013 Haldeman, Joe (Mar 2013). "Rounder". Asimov's Science Fiction. Vol. 37 no. 3. p. 105.


  1. ^ a b 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "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.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ a b "Science Fiction Hall of Fame: EMP Museum Announces the 2012 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees". May/June 2012. EMP Museum ( Archived 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2013-03-19.
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  6. ^ According to the author's note (page 278) in the SF-novel The Accidental Time Machine
  7. ^ Joe Haldeman
  8. ^ "Macmillan entry for author". Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  9. ^ "Faculty". Writing and Humanistic Studies. MIT. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  10. ^ Haldeman, Joe. "[homepage]". Joe Haldeman [website]. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  11. ^ "Joe Haldeman: Art for Art's Sake". Locus Online. October 2001. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
  12. ^ Hamit: LepreCon 38: A Con The Way They Used To Be.
  13. ^ "Sci-fi legend Joe Haldeman in intensive care". September 24, 2009. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009.
  14. ^ a b Autobiogaphical ramble by Joe Haldeman
  15. ^ "Robot Jox". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Joy Ward interviews Joe Haldeman Archived 2016-06-03 at the Wayback Machine., Galaxy's Edge magazine, January 2016
  18. ^ "Foxhole Pizza and Interstellar Quail: Cooking the Books with Joe and Gay Haldeman".
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  20. ^ a b c "1976 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  21. ^ a b c "1998 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  22. ^ a b "1975 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  23. ^ "2004 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  24. ^ World Fantasy Convention. "Award Winners and Nominees". Archived from the original on 2000-08-18. Retrieved 2011-02-04.
  25. ^ "2001 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  26. ^ "2005 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  27. ^ "2007 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-05-17.

External links


Bruce Jensen

Bruce Jensen (born 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a US illustrator who has created book covers for science fiction authors such as Kim Stanley Robinson, Neal Stephenson, Charles Sheffield, Joe Haldeman, Linda Nagata, Kelley Eskridge, and Philip K. Dick. His covers were described by Nagata as "deftly illustrat[ing] the mood, the feeling of the book". He also drew the unfinished Neuromancer graphic novel in 1989. He won the 1995 Jack Gaughan Award for Best Emerging Artist.

Camouflage (novel)

Camouflage is a 2004 science fiction novel by American writer Joe Haldeman. It won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004 and the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2005.Parts of the novel were originally serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact (March, April and May, 2004).

Edward E. Smith Memorial Award

The Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, or "Skylark", annually recognizes someone for lifetime contributions to science fiction, "both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late "Doc" Smith well-loved by those who knew him." It is presented by the New England Science Fiction Association at its annual convention, Boskone, to someone chosen by a vote of NESFA members. The trophy is a large lens mounted on a simple plinth.The award was inaugurated in 1966, the year after Smith's death. Fifty-one people have been honored in 49 years to 2015 (Hal Clement received the award twice, in 1969 and 1997).

Skylark recipients

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.

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.

Hour of the Wolf (radio show)

Hour of the Wolf is a long-running radio program devoted to speculative fiction. Named after an Ingmar Bergman film of the same title, the program was originally hosted and produced by Margot Adler in 1972. Since 1974 it has been hosted by Jim Freund on WBAI in New York.Freund's guests on the show have included speculative fiction writers such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Lester Del Rey, Samuel R. Delany, Thomas M. Disch, Joe Haldeman, Frank Herbert, Christopher Lee, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frederik Pohl, Baird Searles, Norman Spinrad, Kurt Vonnegut, Gahan Wilson, Roger Zelazny, and many others.The program ended its 38-year run in the Saturday 5-7 AM time slot on the morning of November 13, 2010, with Adler joining Freund for the occasion. In early December 2010 the show began a new run on early Thursday mornings from 1:30 - 3:00 AM. In February 2017 the slot was extended to run from 1:-3: AM, returning its duration to two hours.

Icon (Iowa science fiction convention)

ICON is an annual science fiction convention held in the Cedar Rapids/ Iowa City area of Iowa since 1975, usually in late October or early November, under the auspices of the Mindbridge Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation also responsible for AnimeIowa and Gamicon. The organization was a branching off of the Science Fiction League of Iowa Students, which was founded by author Joe Haldeman. It is the oldest and largest science fiction convention in Iowa.

Jack C. Haldeman II

Jack Carroll "Jay" Haldeman II (December 18, 1941 – January 1, 2002) was an American biologist and science-fiction writer. He was the older brother of SF writer and MIT writing professor Joe Haldeman.

List of speculative poets

This is a list of speculative poets. People on this list should have articles of their own, and should meet the Wikipedia notability guidelines for their poetry. Please place names on the list only if there is a real and existing article on the poet.

Locus Award for Best Novel

Winners of the Locus Award for Best Novel, awarded by Locus magazine. Awards presented in a given year are for works published in the previous calendar year.

The award for Best Novel was presented from 1971 (when the awards began) to 1979. Since 1980, awards have been presented for Best SF Novel and Best Fantasy Novel.


Mark van Oppen (Zolder, Belgium, April 29, 1953) better known as Marvano, is a Belgian comic artist. He is most famous for the Forever War, in collaboration with Joe Haldeman.

Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebula Award for Best Novel is given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) for science fiction or fantasy novels. A work of fiction is defined by the organization as a novel if it is 40,000 words or longer; awards are also given out for pieces of shorter lengths in the categories of short story, novelette, and novella. To be eligible for Nebula Award consideration a novel must be published in English in the United States. Works published in English elsewhere in the world are also eligible provided they are released on either a website or in an electronic edition. The Nebula Award for Best Novel has been awarded annually since 1966. Novels which were expanded forms of previously published short stories are eligible, as are novellas published by themselves if the author requests them to be considered as a novel. The award has been described as one of "the most important of the American science fiction awards" and "the science-fiction and fantasy equivalent" of the Emmy Awards.Nebula Award nominees and winners are chosen by members of the SFWA, though the authors of the nominees do not need to be members. Works are nominated each year between November 15 and February 15 by published authors who are members of the organization, and the six works that receive the most nominations then form the final ballot, with additional nominees possible in the case of ties. Members may then vote on the ballot throughout March, and the final results are presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony in May. Authors are not permitted to nominate their own works, and ties in the final vote are broken, if possible, by the number of nominations the works received. Beginning with the 2009 awards, the rules were changed to the current format. Prior to then, the eligibility period for nominations was defined as one year after the publication date of the work, which allowed the possibility for works to be nominated in the calendar year after their publication and then be awarded in the calendar year after that. Works were added to a preliminary list for the year if they had ten or more nominations, which were then voted on to create a final ballot, to which the SFWA organizing panel was also allowed to add an additional work.During the 53 nomination years, 183 authors have had works nominated; 40 of these have won, including co-authors and ties. Ursula K. Le Guin has received the most Nebula Awards for Best Novel with four wins out of six nominations. Joe Haldeman has received three awards out of four nominations, while nine other authors have won twice. Jack McDevitt has the most nominations at twelve, with one win, while Poul Anderson and Philip K. Dick have the most nominations without winning an award at five.

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.

Planet of Judgment

Planet of Judgment (1977) is a Star Trek tie-in novel, written by Joe Haldeman.


Readercon is an annual science fiction convention, held every July in the Boston, Massachusetts area, in Burlington, Massachusetts. It was founded by Bob Colby and statistician Eric Van in the mid-1980s with the goal of focusing almost exclusively on science fiction/fantasy/slipstream/speculative fiction in the written form (on the rare occasion that there is a discussion held about non-written science fiction, it will have a tongue-in-cheek title such as "Our biannual media panel"). Past guests of honor have included authors such as Greer Gilman, Gene Wolfe, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Karen Joy Fowler, Brian Aldiss, Nalo Hopkinson, Joe Haldeman, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Peter Straub, and China Miéville, and editors such as Ellen Datlow and David G. Hartwell. The convention also makes a point of honoring a deceased author as the Memorial Guest of Honor. In 2009, for instance, the guests of honor were the living writers Elizabeth Hand and Greer Gilman and the memorial guest of honor was Hope Mirrlees.Total attendance at the convention has been consistently around 850 for many years.From 2005 to 2011, Readercon was the official venue for presentation of the Rhysling Award. It has hosted the Shirley Jackson Awards since their founding in 2007.

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.

The Forever War

The Forever War (1974) is a military science fiction novel by American author Joe Haldeman, telling the contemplative story of soldiers fighting an interstellar war between Man and the Taurans. It won the Nebula Award in 1975 and the Hugo and the Locus awards in 1976. Forever Free (1999) and Forever Peace (1997) are respectively, direct and thematic sequel novels. The novella A Separate War (1999) is another sequel of sorts, occurring simultaneously to the final portion of The Forever War. Informally, the novels compose The Forever War series; the novel also inspired a comic book and a board game. The Forever War is the first title in the SF Masterworks series.

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. A shorter version of the book won both a Hugo award and a Nebula award for best novella in 1991 (for stories in 1990).

Tool of the Trade

Tool of the Trade is a 1987 science fiction/espionage novel by Joe Haldeman.

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