Joe Haldeman, Infinite Dreams

Infinite Dreams is a collection of 13 of Joe Haldeman’s stories from 1972 to 1978. In these stories, Haldeman shows that a traditional style of sf survived, and continued to produce new ideas, alongside the New Wave. He also shows that the Heinleinesque authorial voice is not intimately tied to libertarian politics. Haldeman’s politics, where they show, are clearly coming from the relative left, and debating what was the mainstream of the genre without trying to overturn the genre’s literary conventions. I won’t give a detailed review of each story, but I will say that this collection is a fine showcase for one of science fiction’s top writers.

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