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Author: Joe Haldeman
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Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 1977)

All My Sins Remembered by Joe Haldeman



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Joe Haldeman was born in Oklahoma in 1943 and studied physics and astronomy before serving as a combat engineer in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded and won a Purple Heart. The Forever War was his first SF novel and it won both the Hugo and Nebula awards, a feat which The Forever Peace repeated. He is also the author of, among others, Mindbridge, All My Sins Remembered, Worlds, Worlds Apart and Worlds Enough and Time. Haldeman has distilled this concept down to an almost crystalline purity in ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED. The main character, Otto McGavin, an Anglo-Buddhist, idealistically joins a secret government organization that he believes is dedicated to piece. The end of the book is maybe even more depressing as we learn McGavin’s ultimate fate as he ends his usefulness. On the other hand, Haldeman masterfully shows us a glimpse of hope.

Reviews: 7
6snake6
This is one of the favorite sci fi books from my youth and I still enjoy it immensely. It's actually more of a collection of short stories, or vignettes rather, about one character. It's one of those books that, unlike some others, actually leaves you hungry for more, but in a good way. However, I suspect it is one of those things that some people will love and others may hate. For each "episode" Haldeman could have easily written an entire book but chose instead to give us just a glimpse, just a taste of the different worlds, cultures, and aliens. It is on one hand rather frustrating but, on the other, intriguing. If you're the type who needs every detail explained, every plot to have some convoluted point, every problem to be fixed neatly, avoid this book. However, if you like being swept along on a fast-paced journey into danger and adventure, give it a try. (On a side note, I am disappointed that they did not keep the original paperback cover which has always haunted me, nearly 40 years later, the cover that perfectly illustrates the book, which is the anguished, faceless kneeling figure surrounded by masks of different faces. To me, it is incredibly powerful and should have been kept. All others pale in comparison.)
Gavikelv
Joe Haldeman has been one of my favorite writers since he was “new” to the scene shortly after FOREVER WAR hit the science fiction universe. It was an honor and a joy to meet – and actually TALK with him – at an early Archon science fiction conference in St. Louis in the 1970s. FOREVER WAR is still a favorite and I have enjoyed each of his other books I have read.

To my chagrin, I did not get around to reading ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED until now. Enjoy it? Yes, I did. Though I quickly realized it was, in many ways, a rather depressing book.

Humanity, as a species, can be pretty wretched. We routinely rape, murder, kill, torture, and commit other atrocities – some I cannot envision even after I learn about them – against our fellow men and women, sometimes for no reason other that we like to rape, murder, kill, torture, and commit other atrocities against our fellow men and women.

The thin veneer of what we call civilization can be easily stripped away, especially when we embrace – or even condone – violence as a justifiable means to an end. Yet, read any history or fiction that incorporate authentic history, and it can be easily seen where violence is not just a “means to an end” but an acceptable tool of politics.

Haldeman has distilled this concept down to an almost crystalline purity in ALL MY SINS REMEMBERED. The main character, Otto McGavin, an Anglo-Buddhist, idealistically joins a secret government organization that he believes is dedicated to piece. He finds out instead that through various psychological/technological advancements he has been turned into the most efficient and amoral killing machine the world has even known. Then it is too late. He maintains a core of himself but is owned by the state.

His masters see McGavin not as a person, nor even a soldier, just a killing machine that is an acceptable means to their ends. Over the decades of his career, he takes life without thought, compassion, or guilt. Gavin grows further and further away from the idealistic young man who once valued life.

As I said: A depressing book.

The end of the book is maybe even more depressing as we learn McGavin’s ultimate fate as he ends his usefulness.

On the other hand, Haldeman masterfully shows us a glimpse of hope. He suggests that maybe, in the end, a man might be co-opted, enslaved, stripped of free will, forced to commit unimaginable sins. And yet, in the end, in spite of all, manage to keep his soul?

If so, maybe there is a slim chance for humanity, after all.
Karon
One of Joe Haldeman's earliest and one of my favorites--although there's probably an extra half-a-star's worth in the rating from nostalgia. This title, along with "The Forever War" and "Mindbridge" were among my earliest experiences with Haldeman and science fiction in general. Less of a novel than a series of short tales connected by a framing story, "All My Sins Remembered" covers the career of an elite undercover agent that can assume different personality "overlays" and physical appearances in service to the intelligence arm of the interstellar "Confederación." Our hero is a very latter-day Saint (think futuristic Roger Moore . . . or Val Kilmer, if you're under 30), but one with a pesky conscience--a bit of a handicap as he tries to walk the Middle Path (he's an "Anglo-Buddhist") among all the mayhem. It makes for some interesting character development. A bit cynical in tone (I know--a cynical tale about a government that spans star systems and keeps order with a cadre of shape-shifting secret police? Say it isn't so!) AMSR is a solid, entertaining read.
WtePSeLNaGAyko
I think when this written it was probably one of the better SciFi stories of its type, and it is still a good read (and worth reading), but I was expecting something a bit more than this. The title alone is an awesome title, but it doesn't seem to me that the story in the book quite matches up to it.
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Not Mr. Haldeman's finest, but still pretty darned good. I first read it when in my 20's, and re-read it at age 56. It was amazing, how the memories came rushing back. Clearly, the book had left a much deeper impression than I realized at the time.

This is solid, politically incorrect SF the way it _used_ to be written. The way it still should be written, in my opinion.
Yozshugore
Fantastic book; it holds up well by focusing on characters, plot, and themes (identity, morality, and values) instead of technology. The story is fast-paced, the main character is engaging, and it's probably about a six-hour read. If you liked Matthew Stover's "Heroes Die" this has a similar feel - a man trained to kill and coming to grips with what that means for himself and those around him - just a more stripped-down story. A great work by Joe Haldeman.
porosh
I do not consider this one of Joe's better books. The story is interesting at points but the novel is really just a way to tie together a couple of otherwise disjoint stories involving the same character. I think I could have devised a better ending. It is readable.
One of the best, coherent sci-for writers. An interesting read that kept my attention. The worlds he builds are comprehensible.