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|
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.
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.
|Rounder||2013||Haldeman, Joe (Mar 2013). "Rounder". "Asimov's Science Fiction. Vol. 37 no. 3. p. 105.|
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