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Astronomy professor Aurora ‘Rory’ Bell gets a message from space that seems to portend the arrival of extraterrestrial visitors. According to her calculations, whoever is coming will arrive in three months— on New Year’s Day, to be exact.

A crowded and poisoned Earth is moving toward the brink of the last world war—and is certainly unprepared to face invasion of any kind. Rory’s continuing investigation leads her to wonder if it could be some kind of hoax, but the impending ‘visit’ takes on a media life of its own. And so the world waits. But the question still remains as to what, exactly, everyone is waiting for…

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Joe Haldeman is an American novelist, one of the leading authors of modern sf USA (he also wrote detective stories). Born 1943-06-09 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of the Oklahoma. Maryland in College Park with diplomas in physics and astronomer, where he completed his graduate school, after which he was drafted into the army. He was seriously wounded in Vietnam, awarded the Order of the Purple Heart; Vietnamese impressions are reflected in the realistic novel War Year (1972). After demobilization, he defended his thesis in the specialty "liberal arts" at the University of the state. Iowa (in Iowa City); taught at the same university, worked as an editor at the publishing house of popular science literature; currently teaches one-semester creative science courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge); since 1970 - professional writer. First SF publication - Out of Phase (1969). Lives in Gainesville, Florida. The Vietnamese exper...

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Joe Haldeman is an American novelist, one of the leading authors of modern sf USA (he also wrote detective stories). Born 1943-06-09 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, graduated from the University of the Oklahoma. Maryland in College Park with diplomas in physics and astronomer, where he completed his graduate school, after which he was drafted into the army. He was seriously wounded in Vietnam, awarded the Order of the Purple Heart; Vietnamese impressions are reflected in the realistic novel War Year (1972). After demobilization, he defended his thesis in the specialty "liberal arts" at the University of the state. Iowa (in Iowa City); taught at the same university, worked as an editor at the publishing house of popular science literature; currently teaches one-semester creative science courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge); since 1970 - professional writer. First SF publication - Out of Phase (1969). Lives in Gainesville, Florida. The Vietnamese experience has left an imprint on the entire work of Haldeman - one of the leading representatives of the "left", pacifist movement in modern American SF; Constantly polemicizing with fellow writers from the opposite camp (R. Heinlein, D. Purnell and others), Haldeman never ceases to emphasize the absurdity and inhumanity of war - this, in particular, is devoted to his anthology "Stop engaging in war" [Study War No More ] (1977). The success of the writer brought early stories and novellas, in particular, the poignant anti-militarist novella Hero (1972), rewritten into Haldeman`s most famous novel, Forever War (1974; Hugo -75; Nebula -74 ), which is a sharp polemic with R. Heinlein`s Starship Troopers and a transparent metaphor for the Vietnam War. The heroes of the novel are cosmic landsknechts of the distant future, recruited by unknown star "strategists" who make up a gestalt society; by instantaneous movements through the collapsar stars, mercenaries are constantly transported into an alien future, gradually losing any idea of ​​what and against whom they are fighting, and in addition, they risk arriving on a new battlefield with fairly outdated weapons. Experimental (in the spirit of John Dos Passos and "Stopover in Zanzibar" by D. Branner) novel "The Bridge of Thought" [Mindbridge] (1976) turned out to be stylistically interesting, but unnecessarily intricate plot; the novel is about the future, where teleportation and telepathy create additional problems for those living in it. Also in the chaotic near future, All My Sins Remembered (1977) is set; a fragment of which is the story "In accordance with the crime" (1971) and the trilogy: Joe Haldeman "Worlds" (1981; others - "Promised Worlds"), "Worlds Apart" (1983; others - "Worlds beyond"), "Enough worlds and time" [Worlds Enough and Time] (1992; others - "Worlds are indomitable"). In the first novel, personality is a plaything in the hands of political elites; in the trilogy, earthly civilization is teetering on the brink of a nuclear war, which is happening, after which all hope is placed on orbiting space settlements. Haldeman`s subsequent novels are Tool of the Trade (1987), Buying Time (1989; others - The Long Habit of Living), and co-written with his brother, Jack Haldeman (also author of SF), There Is No Darkness (1983) proved to be less successful. Haldeman`s stories and stories have been compiled into collections - Infinite Dreams (1979), Dealing With Future (1985); the stories stand out: "Three Centennial" (1976; "Hugo" -77) and "Image" (1991), as well as the story "Hemingway`s Prank" (1990; "Hugo" -91; "Nebula" -90), rewritten into the novel " The Hemingway Hoax (1990). © Vladimir Gakov Joe Haldeman`s official website: http://home.earthlink.net/~haldeman