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Fortysomething, photographer slacker, working in IT, living in Greenwich; failed polymath; drinks and eats too much, reads too little...

The Forever War  - Joe Haldeman Fighting a war, so far away that each tour of duty for you means centuries have passed back on Earth. On your way to the front your enemy has advanced their military technology far ahead of your expectations. Then, on your return home to find that everybody you left behind has gone, society has changed dramatically and you have to try and learn to re-integrate again. What else is left for you, but to sign up for another tour of duty...

The Forever War is a book of its time, influenced heavily by the author's time in Vietnam, and I suspect a lot of the impact that led to its Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards has waned. Underneath that though, is a good, well thought out, novel exploring the social issues caused by the time differences and the ultimate purposelessness of war itself.