In 1974 Joe Haldeman wrote my very favorite book, The Forever War. I've nearly read the covers off it. In this book William Mandella (named for the peace symbol, sort of...) becomes a soldier in the UNEF and spends 246 years leaping through wormholes to let us watch the Earth evolve from 1997 to see pot legal and cheap, sex rampant, gayness fully accepted, in fact preferred with heterosexuality considered a "curable" deviancy. Everyone is taken care of including the warriors. Well, except those too old and not politically connected, like his mother. His cadre might suffer a horrific death like poor Ho on the Teddy Bear planet. But if their "suit" can save them they are in luck. The free UNEF doctors can regenerate most limbs, even if you swim into the mouth of a giant shark on "Heaven", the only other planet in addition to Earth that the Taurans must never find. Director Ridley Scott has finally gotten the rights after 25 years of trying. The buzz is electric!
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