The Forever War Author:Joe Haldeman Inside dust jacket: — Space War is Hell... — Especially for Private William Mandella -- drafted into the Army by the Elite Conscription Act of 1996 -- who was thrust into a brutal interstellar conflict that raged millions of light-years from Earth. But battling a savage alien enemy was not the hard part. Nor was fighting alongside a promiscuous ... more »co-ed cadre of civilization's brightest and toughest young people. (Who, by the way, considered their veteran commander a very lethal social misfit).
As the enemy was pushed farther away, time-dilation became a growing problem. Now Major Mandella found that he was in the army for about two years...or three thousand. It all depended on where you were keeping time.
His real test was in coping with the astonishing, even evolutionary changes the people of Earth were undergoing. Mandella's tour of duty was probably the longest of any person who took up arms. Yet, still the warrior in him fought on.« less