Old Twentiethby Joe Haldeman
The passengers aboard the starship Ad Astra spend most of their time on the thousand-year journey to Beta Hydrii within the virtual reality of twentieth-century Earth. There, they can experience nostalgia for the hardship of a life they've since evolved beyond.
But when people inside the virtual reality chamber start to die, engineer Jacob Brewer finds himself face-to-face with a sentient machine obsessed with humanity. It has put itself in charge of the ship. And it wants to talk to Jacob...
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Joe William Haldeman (born 1943) is an American science fiction author. His most famous novel is The Forever War, inspired by his Vietnam experiences, which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.
Joe Haldeman is the brother of Jack C. Haldeman II.
Joe Haldeman. Wikipedia.
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