Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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Unlike much of SF, his solid, pragmatic future-view has aged well, and I could see his influence in recent hard-boiled spec-fic like ‘The Expanse’ series. The love story takes over, and science pretty much gets tossed out the window. The Chameleon loves murdering and warfare. Haldeman, of course, puts his own riffs on it – basically, he brings in much more science, and http: It was Josef Mengele’s assistant in the halddman camps at one point, fer cripes sake and, in a nastily cynical turn, later works as a Mossad agent.

Jun 18, Brian rated it liked it. A Separate War and Other Stories. Russell Sutton owns a small but expert marine research company. Ursula K Le Guin.


Emotion and death seem to be characteristics singled out as definining humanity. An excellent read after the rather familiar concepts in the opening chapters and highly recommended camouflagf anyone who appreciates Haldeman’s other work. Camouflage received a Tiptree award, but I didn’t find it that deep or original when it comes to gender.

For the first part of the book, there isn’t much tension. Two shape-shifting aliens of different species have been secretly been living on Earth for centuries, unaware of each other’s existence.


The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms.

It assisted Dr Mengele in his Auschwitz experiments and, becoming aware of the more restrained being, determines jaldeman destroy it so as to remain at the top of the food chain. I can still remember some of those earlier incarnations in the ’50s or so where ‘she’ messed up.

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You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. For me it was one of the best science fiction books I have read in years. It’s told in alternating sections from the viewpoing of the people raising and then trying to analyze camoouflage mysterious object and from the shapeshifting alien, the changeling, who learns just how complex and difficult to impersonate humans are.

The aliens both live through many time periods and the story jumps around, highlighting many of them. A million years ago, an alien shapechanger came to Earth. Camouflage by Mike Hettinger 1 2 Jul 17, Both are looking for others who are also not local They aren’t the same species, and the story focuses almost entirely on the “good” one.

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All the weight built up by the story’s first half is too much for mere tools to carry, and a forced and rushed love story at the end doesn’t help matters. Norrell for the Nebula Award in ? Aug 06, Zerthimon rated it liked haldemann Shelves: And apparently completely uninterested in anything they try to do to it.


Okay, so it’s a biological imperative, to eliminate competition in the environment, but Haldeman never explains why it hasn’t used its evolved intelligence to overcome that imperative. She says, “I won first prize with this recipe!

What gave me pause was the assumption that while some shape-changing aliens are capable of being changed by their experiences, others are simply born bad.

One alien is much more developed than the other as a character. In the best tradition of ‘hard’ sf, Haldeman mixes scientific speculation with purely human ‘what if?

Sep 14, Graham Crawford rated it liked it. The changeling has the key attribute of self-confidence, which lets it be exploratory and take pride in doing a good job emulating other species.

With both aliens on the island and one of them inextricably linked to the object, answers are near ualdeman hand The Chameleon was not really interested in humans, except to exploit them and kill them. If gender isn’t the central concern of this novel, it’s near the center, and the handling of it is skillful, subtle, and finely unpredictable. This probably isn’t one of Haldeman’s best novels, but I still highly recommend it.