Haldeman at Finncon 2007 (Jyväskylä, Finland)
June 9, 1943 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
|Pen name||Robert Graham|
|Literary movement||Military SF|
|Notable work(s)||The Forever War|
|Relative(s)||Jack C. Haldeman II, brother|
Joe William Haldeman (born June 9, 1943) is an American science fiction author. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. 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. For his career writing science fiction and/or fantasy he is a SFWA Grand Master and since 2012 a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.
Many of Haldeman's works, including his debut novel and The Forever War (his second) were inspired by his experience serving in the Vietnam War, where he was wounded in combat, and by his adjustment 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, D.C., Bethesda, Maryland and Anchorage, Alaska as a child. Haldeman married Mary Gay Potter, known as "Gay", in 1965. He received a BS degree in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1967. That same year he was drafted into the Army and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and his wartime experience was the inspiration for War Year, his first novel; also later books such as "The Hemingway Hoax" and "Old Twentieth" deal extensively with the experience of combat soldiers in Vietnam and other wars. In 1975, he received an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
He resides alternately in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts and teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Haldeman is a painter. In 2009 and 2010, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis.
Haldeman's first book was a 122-page novel, War Year, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in May 1972. The Internet Speculative Fiction Database summarizes, "about a soldier on combat duty in South Vietnam during 1968", and catalogs it as "non-genre"; that is, not speculative fiction. 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 turned it into 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 TV series universe, Planet of Judgment (August 1977) and World Without End (February 1979).
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".
Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II (1941–2002), also a science-fiction author whose work included an original Star Trek novel (Perry's Planet, February 1980).
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. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in June 2012.
He has also won numerous annual awards for particular works.
- The Forever War (1976) - Novel
- "Tricentennial" (1977) - Short Story
- The Hemingway Hoax (1991) - Novella
- "None So Blind" (1995) - Short Story
- Forever Peace (1998) - Novel
- 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)
Selected works 
Literary works: series 
Forever series 
- The Forever War (1974) - Nebula Award winner, 1975; Hugo and Locus SF Awards winner, 1976
- Forever Peace (1997) - Hugo, Nebula and Campbell Awards winner, placed third in annual Locus Poll
- Forever Free (1999)
Attar the Merman 
- Attar's Revenge (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham
- War of Nerves (1975) - written under the pseudonym Robert Graham
Worlds series 
Mars series 
- Marsbound (2008) - (also serialized in Analog Science Fiction and Fact) - placed fifth in annual Locus Poll
- Starbound (2010)
- Earthbound (2011)
Literary works: non-series 
- War Year (1972) - Vietnam War novel, hardcover and paperback endings differ
- Mindbridge (1976) - Hugo nominee, placed second in annual Locus Poll
- Study War No More (1977) - a collection of short stories by various science fiction authors, edited by Joe Haldeman and featuring two stories by him
- Planet of Judgment (1977) - a Star Trek novel
- All My Sins Remembered (1977)
- Infinite Dreams (1978) - short story collection
- World Without End (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 (1987)
- Buying Time (1989) - published in the UK as The Long Habit of Living
- The Hemingway Hoax (1990)
- Vietnam and Other Alien Worlds (1993) - collection of short stories, essays and poetry.
- 1968 (1995)
- None So Blind (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 (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 Accidental Time Machine (2007) - Nebula Award nominee, 2007; placed fifth in annual Locus Poll
Comic works 
- 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)
See also 
- 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". Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master". 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: 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.
- "Sci-fi legend Joe Haldeman in intensive care".
- Michael Fleming (2008-10-12). "Ridley Scott takes on 'War': Film based on Haldeman novel 'Forever'". Variety. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- "Robot Jox". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Michael McGraw-Herdeg (2008-10-17). "Prof. Haldeman’s Novel ‘Forever War’ Picked Up By 20th Century Fox Film". The Tech. Retrieved 2008-12-31.
- Foxhole Pizza and Interstellar Quail: Cooking the Books with Joe and Gay Haldeman. Sfwa.org.
- "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". Retrieved 04 Feb 2011.
- "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
- Haldeman's daily diary on sff.net
- Haldeman's blog on LiveJournal
- Science Fiction Hall of Fame — as of March 2013, Haldeman is a "Featured Member" on the top page but member biographies are not available
- Joe Haldeman at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Complete list of sci-fi award wins and nominations by novel
- Review of War Stories
- Fantastic Fiction Author Page
- Authors@ Google: Joe Haldeman as part of the Authors@Google series (2007)
- Interview conducted by Roger Deforest (2006)
- The Craft of Science Fiction hosted by MIT Communications Forum (2006)
- All of Joe Haldeman's audio interviews on the podcast The Future And You (in which he describes his expectations of the future)