Joe Haldeman is best known for his The Forever War (1974). That novel, and other of his works including The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won numerous awards including the Hugo Award and Nebula Award. Haldeman currently teaches writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The collapsar Stargate was a perfect sphere about three kilometers in radius. It was suspended forever in a state of gravitational collapse that should have meant its surface was dropping toward its center at nearly the speed of light. Relativity propped it up, at least gave it the illusion of being there… the way reality becomes illusory and observer-oriented when you study general relativity. Or Buddhism. Or get drafted.”