Joe Haldeman

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(June 9, 1943 –)

Joe Haldeman is an American fan and pro. He was GoH at the 1990 Worldcon in the Netherlands, ConFiction. He was a long-time member of WSFA, a member of the Washington in '77 Worldcon bid, and a filker in the early days of filk.

His best-known work is The Forever War from 1974 which won the 1976 Best Novel Hugo and also a Nebula Award. He also received the 1977 Best Short Story Hugo for "Tricentennial", the 1991 Best Novella Hugo for The Hemingway Hoax the 1995 Best Short Story Hugo for "None So Blind", and the 1998 Best Novel Hugo for Forever Peace.

He is member of SFWA and served as president in 1992–94. He was a member of the Guilford Gafia.

The brother of the late Jack C. Haldeman II, Joe was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, but lived all over the U.S. as a child. In the 1960s, he was living in Washington, DC, and was an active member of WSFA, which he heard about in connection with Discon, the 1963 Worldcon in Washington. (His brother, who was also a fan also joined.)

In 1965, Joe married Mary Gay Potter and earned a BS in Physics and Astronomy in 1967, the same year he was drafted into the Army and served as a combat engineer in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and his wartime experience was the inspiration for War Year, his first novel; also later books such as The Hemingway Hoax and Old Twentieth deal extensively with the experience of combat soldiers in Vietnam and other wars. His column "Letters from Vietnam" was published in Ray Fisher's fanzine Odd.

In 1975, he received an MFA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. While at the University of Iowa, he helped to found the Mindbridge Foundation which runs the convention ICON, and the Science Fiction League of Iowa Students. He lives in Gainesville, Florida, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches writing at MIT.

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