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HarperCollins Publishers, 1995 - Fiction - 340 pages
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1968 deals with Vietnam on both fronts: Spider is a confused young man who likes to disappear into his science fiction novels. He is drafted into search-and-destroy missions in the jungles of Southeast Asia, becoming an unwilling witness who barely manages to stay alive through some of the most vicious fighting of the war. Beverly is "the girl he left behind." Innocent, yet open to new experiences, she drifts into the bizarre counterculture that has split America into two warring camps. When Spider comes home, driven to the edge of insanity by the horrors he has seen, he is beaten down by the psychomedical establishment and is lost to family and friends who are unsure how they should receive their returning warriors. Beverly is in another world, thousands of miles away, herself beaten by the police during the Chicago Democratic Convention. Both Spider and Beverly have to find a separate peace in a world gone mad.

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Joe Haldeman is a Vietnam veteran whose novel "The Forever War", written a few years after his discharge and influenced by his combat experiences, won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards as best novel of the year. Years later, his sequel to that memorable novel, "Forever Peace", also won the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was cited by "Publishers Weekly" as one of the Best Books of the Year. He has written many other novels, including the best-selling "Worlds" trilogy, and has served twice as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America. When not writing prize-winning and best-selling novels, he teaches writing as an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Martin Harry Greenberg has edited more than 1,000 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and other genres, and has become renowned for his ingenuity in developing books written around a theme, and his ability to fill them with stories of high quality. "Booklist" has written, "Greenberg's choices are impeccable," and "Library Journal" has praised his volumes for "Sheer enjoyability . . . provokes everything from meditation to laughter."

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