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Joe Haldeman


American science fiction author.
Joe Haldeman
One thing most of us agree on is that the universe exists (people who deny that usually follow some trade other than science), so if some theoretical particle interaction would lead ultimately to the nonexistence of the universe, then you can save a lot of electricity by not trying to demonstrate it.
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I have always valued quiet, and the eternity of it that I face is no more dreadful than the eternity of quiet that preceded my birth.
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“You were a Jesuit?”
“Franciscan. We run a close second in being pains in the ass.”




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We did it with their government’s foreknowledge and permission, of course—and there were no civilian casualties, equally of course. Once they’re dead they’re rebels.
Haldeman Joe
Like a lot of things that everybody knows, it wasn’t true.
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"If I can reach 50 without growing up then I don't have to."
Joe Haldeman
Nobody else in that platoon can tell a Hamiltonian from a hamburger.
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Rationalism doesn’t require “belief,” only observation. The real, measurable world doesn’t care what you believe.
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Maybe war is an inevitable product of human nature. Maybe to get rid of war, we have to become something other than human.
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“You’re actually a soldier,” he said to me, “and you go along with this foolishness?”
“I didn’t ask to be a soldier. And I can’t imagine a peace as foolish as this war we’re in.”
Joe Haldeman
Human nature does change, and the fact that we’ve developed tools to direct that change is quintessentially human. And it must be a nearly universal concomitant to technological growth everywhere in the universe; otherwise there would be no universe. Unless we’re the only technological intelligence in the universe, Julian pointed out; so far there’s no evidence to the contrary. Maybe our own existence is evidence that we’re the first creatures to evolve far enough to hit the reset button. Somebody does have to be first.
But maybe the first is always the last.




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If you asked him, he would say the only connection between free will and religion in his life was the fact that he hadn’t set foot in a synagogue since he turned eighteen.
Joe Haldeman
I had to stifle an impulse to laugh. Surely “cowardice“ had nothing to do with his decision. Surely he had nothing so primitive and unmilitary as a will to live.
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She hadn’t been such a bad girl before the power went to her head.
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“Everybody rich and happy.” She smiled. “Also complacent and rather stupid, you may have noticed.”
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It was so much more complicated than it had to be, but the changeling had noted that this was true of every human biological function that wasn’t involuntary.
Joe Haldeman
It was an ideological war for some—the defenders of democracy versus the rebel strong-arm charismatic leaders. Or the capitalist land-grabbers versus the protectors of the people, take your pick.
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It was making me a little queasy. Doctors don’t seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop.
Joe Haldeman
In a physical way we’re closer than any civilian pair could be, since in full combat jack we are this one creature with twenty arms and legs, with ten brains, with five vaginas and five penises.
Some people call the feeling godlike, and I think there have been gods who were constructed along similar lines. The one I grew up with was an old white-bearded Caucasian gent without even one vagina.
Haldeman Joe
"Bad books on writing and thoughtless English professors solemnly tell beginners to 'Write What You Know', which explains why so many mediocre novels are about English professors contemplating adultery."


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