From a press release:
Joe Haldeman has been elected by unanimous vote to the board of The Heinlein Society. He joins the other board members Bill Patterson (President
and Chairman), David M. Silver (Secretary-Treasurer), Charles N. Brown, Yoji Kondo, and Alan Milner.
The Heinlein Society, formed in 2000 under the auspices of Virginia Heinlein (1916 – 2003) is a non-profit corporation formed to advance the
fiction and pay forward ideals of Robert A. Heinlein (1907 – 1988), the leading Science Fiction writer of all time.
Joe Haldeman has been one of the leading SF writers for nearly 30 years. He is a multi-winner of all the leading SF awards, and has served as President
of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He is one of the writers most influenced by Heinlein, and was a personal friend. The Heinlein Society is honored to have him on its Board of Directors.
Haldeman is a Heinlein fan, to be sure, but most of the reviews I’ve read about the Hugo- and Nebula-award winning “The Forever War” describe it as a refutation of the politics in “Starship Troopers.” That’s inaccurate. In TFW, the military is comprised of draftees and in SST, all are volunteers. Heinlein was totally opposed to the draft because it props up the type of government that Haldeman writes about. I don’t think Heinlein would disagree with much on The Forever War.
But that’s my opinion.