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There Is No Darkness

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    Jack C. Haldeman(Author)

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  • PDF | 238 pages
  • Jack C. Haldeman(Author)
  • Ace (December 15, 1985)
  • English
  • 3
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Anonymouse on February 28, 2017

    As much as I love Joe Haldeman, this tale is for kids. It was first published by Ace in 1955 and, while it is still fun, it is not really a book that today's adults are likely to enjoy.I received a review copy of "There Is No Darkness" by Joe Haldeman (Open Road Integrated Media) through

  • By A customer on October 31, 1999

    Written by brothers Joe and Jack, both great writers by themselves, this novel surpases anything either have done by themselves (though Joe's FOREVER WAR comes close and my husband likes Jack's VECTOR ANALYSIS better). The story is about a student on a University/Space Ship who happens to be bio-engineered (strong and tall) to live on a hostile world. His mind is the tool that develops on this journey in ways I can not explain adequately. Let me just say his journey opens his mind and spirit. A wonderful book, you should track it down and read it! What a classic!

  • By A customer on December 28, 2002

    I read this in my late teens and recently went back and re-read it after buying it used through Amazon. It is a science fiction story complete with the Haldeman brothers exacting science (I think I read somewhere that one is a biologist and the other a physicist) but told through the eyes of a `farm boy' type going off to college (in the form of a starship based university). This naïve farm boy happens to exist in the form of a fairly large bio-engineered colonist bred to survive on a harsh backwater planet. His experiences are played out brilliantly as he explores the people and planets of this not to distant future with his fellow students among whom he develops both friends and enemies.My favorite section is when the school stops on the planet Hell, which rents itself out to other worlds who wish to wage war in a controlled environment. The vision the Haldemans paint of a future earth is brilliant, frightening, and altogether real.This is a character study similar in style to a book like "Ender's Game" or in some respects "Starship Troopers" though on a smaller scale (no major planet threatening wars here). I think people who enjoyed those books would enjoy this one. It is well worth the extra effort to find a used copy.

  • By Judah on August 2, 2011

    This is a set of three short stories with the same protagonist, genetically engineered 2+ meters 175kg (7 feet 400 pounds of muscle, for the metric challenged) teenage heavy-worlder Carl. He's traveling on the starship "Starschool", a 'high school' for future world leaders touring planets.In story one, Carl visits Earth. He fights a bull, a shark, and a polar bear. This was not truly science fiction, it was all about gladiatorial fights to earn money. I managed to confuse the characters Pancho and Octavio for much of this story. Two stars.In story two, Carl visits Hell, a planet dedicated to warfare. He goes through abbreviated boot camp and is forced into war, but the war uses only technology from 1900. This was not truly a science fiction story (except for an encounter with acid snails), it was about how terrible war and coercion are. Throughout the story, a conflict with Miko is on the back-burner, but nothing comes of it... potential wasted. Two stars.In story three, Carl visits Construct, a huge space-station where an advanced alien race invites other races into an open zoo environment, to facilitate first contacts and knowledge for their own amusement. This story actually was science fiction, good use of weird telepathic brainstates, but supporting details were lacking. Three and a half stars.The characterization of Carl and B'oosa was OK; both were written as tough men. Everyone else is a 'talking head'. The only thing I know about the tepid love interest Algeria is Carl wishes she was a meter taller. No hair color, no identifying characteristics -- nothing. This lacking level of detail haunts the book.If you want good Handleman, try The Forever War and Forever Peace (Forever War, Book 2) or even Tool of the Trade. This is a young adult centered book, and the writing level leaves much to be desired unless you are also a male teenager new to the genre.

  • By J or G Hanson on July 23, 2017

    This is a good intro to science fiction and fantasy, especially if you enjoy YA characters or stories. It’s a quick read that consists of three short stories that share the same main character and protagonist, Carl. I enjoyed watching Carl grow throughout There is No Darkness. Joe and Jack Haldeman wrote this story in 1955, 19 years before Joe’s Sci-Fi classic The Forever War. Good world building, characters and pacing from a young author.I received a free copy of There is No Darkness in exchange for an honest review. Thanks NetGalley!

  • By Serge H on August 11, 2017

    It is a fun read.But nowhere near the dept I was looking for, based on what I know Mr Haldeman can do (the Forever War).

  • By KarCha on September 18, 2017

    Really liked it

  • By Banluil on September 14, 2011

    I first read this book when I was 11 or 12, and it has stuck with me throughout my life. I have litterally read at least one copy to tatters, and will be soon buying a new copy.The book is basically a coming of age story of Carl, a genetically engineered "giant" from a planet where only giants could stand up in the windstorms, let alone survive.The book covers his travels to 3 planets on an interstellar university: Earth, Hell and Construct. All three stops show insight into his character, and you can watch him grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.I highly recommend this book for purchase.

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