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Joe Haldeman

Joe Haldeman
Haldeman at Finncon 2007
Born (1943-06-09) June 9, 1943
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Pen name Robert Graham[1]
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1972–present
Genre Science fiction
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 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.[2] For his career writing science fiction and/or fantasy he is a SFWA Grand Master[2][3] and since 2012 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 experience serving in the Vietnam War, where he was wounded in combat, and by his adjustment to civilian life after returning home.


  • Life 1
  • Work 2
  • Major awards 3
    • Hugo Award 3.1
    • John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 3.2
    • Nebula Award 3.3
    • Locus Award 3.4
    • Rhysling Award 3.5
    • World Fantasy Award 3.6
    • James Tiptree, Jr. Award 3.7
  • Selected works 4
    • Forever War series 4.1
    • Attar (the Merman) series 4.2
    • Worlds series 4.3
    • Forever Peace series 4.4
    • Marsbound trilogy 4.5
    • Star Trek: The Original Series novels 4.6
    • Non-series 4.7
    • Short fiction collection 4.8
    • Anthologies edited 4.9
    • Comics 4.10
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7
    • Interviews 7.1


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. 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.[5]

He was immediately drafted into the United States Army, and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart. His wartime experience was the inspiration for War Year, his first novel; also later books such as The Hemingway Hoax and Old Twentieth which 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.[6]

Haldeman resides alternately in Gainesville, Florida and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 1983, he has been an Adjunct Professor teaching writing[7][8] at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is also the fictional setting for his 2007 novel, The Accidental Time Machine. In addition to being an award-winning writer, Haldeman is a painter.[9]

In 2009 and 2010, he was hospitalized for pancreatitis.[10][11]

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).


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.[1] 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 turned it into a series. 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).

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.[12] 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".[13]

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.[14]

Hugo Award

John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Forever Peace (1998)[16]

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[19]

James Tiptree, Jr. Award

Selected works

Forever War series

Attar (the Merman) series

Worlds series

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


Short fiction collection

Anthologies edited


See also


  1. ^ a b c 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". Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees. Locus Publications. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
  3. ^ a b "Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master". 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.
  5. ^ According to the author's note (page 278) in the SF-novel The Accidental Time Machine
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  10. ^ Hamit: LepreCon 38: A Con The Way They Used To Be.
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  14. ^ "Foxhole Pizza and Interstellar Quail: Cooking the Books with Joe and Gay Haldeman".
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External links


  • Authors@ Google: Joe Haldeman on YouTube 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)
  • The Future And YouAll of Joe Haldeman's audio interviews on the podcast (in which he describes his expectations of the future)
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