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  • 278 pages
  • Gateway
  • Frederik Pohl
  • English
  • 18 November 2017
  • 0345475836

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  1. unknown unknown says:

    Can you like a book when you kind of hate the main character Especially when that character is the first person narrator The answer, for me, for this book anyway, is apparently not all that much Gateway is one of those sci fi classics that I am supposed to have absorbed if I want to consider myself well read in the genre It s one of the rare Hugo Nebula double winners not to mention the Locus and Campbell awards, which pretty much covers all of them It is by one of the stalwarts of geek Can you like a book when you kind of hate the main character Especially when that character is the first person narrator The answer, for me, for this book anyway, is apparently not all that much Gateway is one of those sci fi classics that I am supposed to have absorbed if I want to consider myself well read in the genre It s one of the rare Hugo Nebula double winners not to mention the Locus and Campbell awards, which pretty much covers all of them It is by one of the stalwarts of geek writing, the man who, as an editor, made sure Dhalgren was published, fergoshsakes And congratulations to Fred Pohl, by the way, on still being alive and engaging with the fandom at the approximate age of 103 A good portion of the book still holds up pretty well The imagining parts The setup is pretty simple Earth discovers a mysterious alien space station built into an asteroid around, I don t remember, Venus or something It is full of little ships No one knows how or why the ships came to be there, but they have figured out that if you get inside one and push a button, it will take you somewhere very far away, very quickly Relatively speaking It also might take you very, very far away, but not so fast that you don t run out of food and wind up arriving there dead, or with nothing to eat on the way back but your fellow shipmates But greedy brave souls are still willing to risk these death lottery missions because a rare few of them result in the discovery of yetalien technology, which can then be reverse engineered and patented and everyone winds up very rich, most particularly the omnipresent Company TM.So, to borrow from nerd parlance, this is your signature BDO big, dumb object adventure Unfortunately, our window into this intriguing world is this total asshole I read the book a few weeks ago and his name has been lost to the mists of time and sleep deprivation, but I remember one thing what a douchebag I mean, ok, he had a shitty childhood, growing up mining some unpleasant crap or another on was it Venus again But he gets lucky and wins the lottery, and enough money to travel to Gateway and maybe become really rich And the book is told in an alternating structure, so we know that while he does become really rich , it also happens in a pretty miserable fashion, and we have to sit in on his whiny sessions with his robot therapist Aside from the fact that I just didn t particularly like the structure too much ominous foreshadowing , it requires us to spend half the book with the jerk, before we find out why he s such a jerk Except he was always kind of a jerk, and while his reason for sliding further down into a jerky abyss is ultimately a pretty good one, he also did plenty of stuff earlier in the timeline to evaporate every drop of my sympathy Like view spoiler beating his ex girlfriend into a pulp because she slept with someone else, even though he arrived on the scene freshly covered in another woman s sex juices no, really, the ex notices and comments on it and it is kind of gross, but I guess showers are at a premium in space at which point I almost stopped reading, but unfortunately did not, or I would have been spared the subsequent Luke Laura reunion a few chapters later hide spoiler For a sci fi book, it is also very clearly Of Its Time, what with all the casual references to swinging sexuality and dated therapy movements like primal screaming Which just goes to show how hard it is to write a book set in the future that won t sound rather ridiculous once you ve arrived there.This is the first in a series, and I have heard the later books go a long way to explaining the mysterious alien objects, but I like them just fine all enigmatic and obtuse over explaining would make them just onepiece of technology, sans the risk associated with their use the drive to explore and discover new things that lights a fire under humanity Well, that and greed And I don t know if the narrator comes back probably not EDIT oh wait, I looked it up, and he does , but there s another reason to get out while the gettin s good EDIT indeed


  2. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    Before I began writing the review I searched for images of Gateway This was the first one in the results I really have no clue about the relevance When I think about a gateway I think about something like this or something like the following which resonates better with any serious reader If you have even passing interest in science fiction you have most definitely heard about this novel This one is a classic of genre with a lot of awards to prove it Imagine somebody found a habitable astero Before I began writing the review I searched for images of Gateway This was the first one in the results I really have no clue about the relevance When I think about a gateway I think about something like this or something like the following which resonates better with any serious reader If you have even passing interest in science fiction you have most definitely heard about this novel This one is a classic of genre with a lot of awards to prove it Imagine somebody found a habitable asteroid which had served as a parking lot for a bunch of alien spaceships There is no sign of the owners who supposedly disappeared around one million years ago, but the ships are still functional The humanity has no clue how they work, or even which type of fuel they use the ships are a classical example of a black box Nonetheless if you poke into navigation controls you might stumble upon a good course and you can actually go there Unfortunately a million years is a very long time, even by the cosmic scale You might end up too close to a new star, a red dwarf, or even black hole good luck getting out of there So if your luck holds your remains will be delivered back by reliable alien flying engineering marvels If you are especially extraordinary lucky though you might stumble upon alien artifacts and sell them for a real nice chunk of money The future depicted in the book is nice Capitalistic dystopia where people sell their own body parts to support their families, so having money is important enough for people to play Russian roulette with exploring the unknown Robinette Rob Broadhead made it big He also has lots of issues I mean look at his full first name this is probably where it all started He also has some kind of PTSD from his last expedition So the book consists of two alternative plotlines one is about Rob getting therapy sessions from a robot psychiatrist and another one is about his stay on the Gateway that parking lot I mentioned above I have never been so torn about whether I want to continue reading the series On one hand the Gateway part can be qualified as great space opera I was always fascinated with the stories about the exploration of the unknown and human reaction of coming to the contact with that unknown On the other hand Rob Broadhead as a character is fairly repulsive and the therapy parts that obviously revolve around his emotions and mental problems are boring How bad is Rob as a character Let us just say when it comes to whining he can give Thomas Covenant a good run for his money, but the latter would still beat the crap out of everybody when it comes to whining At least the former is not a rapist He did knock out his girlfriend tooth after she hit him in a shoulder though Please do not get me wrong I completely understand why this book received so many literary awards and if I had been a member of one of the award committee I would have given one unconditionally It does not diminish the fact that therapy parts are boring but necessary for the book If I am still not sure about whether to proceed with reading the series, the rating is easy 3 stars with some space opera parts climbing as high as perfect 5


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    Gateway by Frederik Pohl is good science fiction, I can see why it won the Hugo Essentially the story is about a time in the distant future where overpopulation and over consumption of resources have left humans in a regrettable state, but not without some promise Oil and minerals are mined and then somehow synthetically turned into food Also interplanetary colonization has spread the burden out some, but life on or rather in Venus and Mars is no picnic One way out is to become a prospecto Gateway by Frederik Pohl is good science fiction, I can see why it won the Hugo Essentially the story is about a time in the distant future where overpopulation and over consumption of resources have left humans in a regrettable state, but not without some promise Oil and minerals are mined and then somehow synthetically turned into food Also interplanetary colonization has spread the burden out some, but life on or rather in Venus and Mars is no picnic One way out is to become a prospector on Gateway Gateway and Gateway two is an ancient alien spaceport, complete with a fleet of ancient spaceships that are pre programmed to go places The trouble is that scientists cannot figure out the big picture on how or why the ships go where they go and whether or not they will come back The prospecting comes from taking a ship out and seeing what they can find, the alien artifacts could be worth millions if they are useful for science, or a prospector could go out and come back with nothing, or they could not come back All this by itself would make a good sci fi story but Pohl adds a psychological twist that makes it even better Finally, science fiction writers often make the best visionary prophets and though he has done an admirable job with overpopulation and Malthusian ideas about food, Pohl has in a book written in 1977 enunciated our society s apprehension about health care as well Good read


  4. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    Frederik Pohl is still alive Wow And won a Hugo as recently as last year, for his blog That I will have to check out This is a guy who has been around science fiction for a long time, as a writer and as an editor And Gateway was my first introduction to his work Let me just go add him to the list of authors I want to readof That s not rhetorical it s on a Sticky on my desktop I will want to be readingof his work.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to t Frederik Pohl is still alive Wow And won a Hugo as recently as last year, for his blog That I will have to check out This is a guy who has been around science fiction for a long time, as a writer and as an editor And Gateway was my first introduction to his work Let me just go add him to the list of authors I want to readof That s not rhetorical it s on a Sticky on my desktop I will want to be readingof his work.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  5. Manny Manny says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have a theory, based on nothingthan a dirty mind and my own propensity for making silly bets, that Pohl wrote Gateway to win a bet he d made while drunk He and his friends have been talking about sex scenes in SF novels a notoriously sensitive topic , and Pohl is criticizing them on the grounds that they aren t necessary to the plot Oh yeah asks someone And just how would a sex scene be necessary to the plot Well, says Pohl There could be any number of reasons Sure says t I have a theory, based on nothingthan a dirty mind and my own propensity for making silly bets, that Pohl wrote Gateway to win a bet he d made while drunk He and his friends have been talking about sex scenes in SF novels a notoriously sensitive topic , and Pohl is criticizing them on the grounds that they aren t necessary to the plot Oh yeah asks someone And just how would a sex scene be necessary to the plot Well, says Pohl There could be any number of reasons Sure says the other guy I bet you a bottle of single malt that you can t write a story featuring an oral sex scene which categorically and undeniably is necessary to the plot There ain t no such animal Done says Pohl He s had an idea, you see The hero has pushed the love of his life into a black hole, but the memory is so traumatic that he s blocked it Years later, he s talking about having sex with his current girlfriend, and he says she goes down really well And then it all comes back to him Goes down into a black hole you see OK, it sthan a little contrived but anyway, that s what happens in this book Are you telling me he came up with it sober


  6. Apatt Apatt says:

    I remember reading this when I was 15 or so, I did not like it I have no recollection of why I did not like it Now it is years later and I am at the age of view spoiler none of your bidness P hide spoiler , having just re read the book I can tell you why I did not like it then and why I do like it now Like my 15 year old self I went in expect a Big Dumb Object fun times, something along the line of Rendezvous With Rama, what I ended up reading turn out to be a fairly slow moving characte I remember reading this when I was 15 or so, I did not like it I have no recollection of why I did not like it Now it is years later and I am at the age of view spoiler none of your bidness P hide spoiler , having just re read the book I can tell you why I did not like it then and why I do like it now Like my 15 year old self I went in expect a Big Dumb Object fun times, something along the line of Rendezvous With Rama, what I ended up reading turn out to be a fairly slow moving character study within a sci fi setting.The story concerns one Robinette Broadhead who went to Gateway, an asteroid where fully functional mysterious alien spaceships with FTL capabilities are found Each one pre programmed to an unknown destination, some take the travelers to riches in the form alien technological artifacts, vehicles and devices, some go to unknown destinations never to return, or return with dead crews or even no crew.You would think such a setup would be concerned with the mystery of the aliens gradually unfolding and the aliens eventually showing up to say hello, you would be light years from the truth The story is all about Robinette Broadhead and his experiences on Gateway and on his missions to the unknown Whatever happened to him scarred him psychologically and he is a man with issues or evenissues than before he even went on his first mission The story is told in flashbacks with a present day frame story narrated in the first person present tense, taking place entirely within an A.I psychiatrist s office Even though the book is character centric a lot of world building actually goes on in the background The Earth and its single colony on Venus are in a state of dystopia, food is scarce and population is overflowing Life on the Gateway asteroid actually a space station is described in detail, together with some hard sf style discreet little infodumps The aliens Heechees never show up and the the rate of return of the humans flying off in their ships is much less than 50% The narration is also aided by little advertisements, letters and other types of notices interspersed through out the book.Clearly what Pohl had in mind was to explore the psychological consequences of the circumstances surrounding his protagonist, who is not even written as a particularly amiable fellow The amazing thing is it works very well, while Broadhead isof an anti hero by the end of the book I came to understand and sympathize with his issues What makes the book remarkable is that it is an exploration of the human psyche rather than the sci fi environment The book reminds me of Algis Budrys Rogue Moon, but the relentless psycho analyses that go on in that book make it almost unbearable for me, Gateway makes the BDO and the alien techrelevant to the protagonist s personal problems, and is simply better written Here is a relevant example passage from Gateway There are people who never pass a certain point in their emotional development They cannot live a normal free and easy, give and take life with a sexual partner forthan a short time Something inside them will not tolerate happiness The better it gets, thethey have to destroy it. I did not expect that from a BDO adventure This is a book that demands to be read slowly I really did not like it because at the age of 15 I just wanted the damn Heechee to show up with some cool alien powers, gadgets and weird body parts, they never actually showed up at all if that is a spoiler I m sorry, but I consider it fair warning Even today I found some description of day to day life on Gateway a little slow going.Gateway deservedly won both the Hugo and Nebula award in 1978 but it really isof a psychological emotional novel, this one is not for kids


  7. Ania Ania says:

    At first I was so excited about this book I mean think about it a long gone race of super intelligent beings leave us with an inheritance of a gateway to 1000 locations where unspeakable riches, both financial and scientific, await their rediscovery The premise sounds great, right I mean who wouldn t wanna go on an adventure in outer space To discover just what it is that we ve inherited And we did, I mean the Heechees left everything in pristine condition, just waiting for us So there I At first I was so excited about this book I mean think about it a long gone race of super intelligent beings leave us with an inheritance of a gateway to 1000 locations where unspeakable riches, both financial and scientific, await their rediscovery The premise sounds great, right I mean who wouldn t wanna go on an adventure in outer space To discover just what it is that we ve inherited And we did, I mean the Heechees left everything in pristine condition, just waiting for us So there I was all excited and quickly found out that at least half the book is all about psychotherapy of some guy who s been traumatized Hmmm ok ok no biggie, I thought to myself I ll just, you know. spend half the book discovering the secrets of a forgotten race, and spend the other half with some old guy on the couch reliving his life s regrets, but perhaps, he ll have a meaningful epiphany Perhaps it all will not be useless psychobable How wrong I was.The book started off as a 4 stars for me, but about half way through it quickly regressed to a 1 star novel What I wanted was an adventure of discovery, where, perhaps, some universal meaning is found, so universal that both the Heechee and humans would better understand their place in the cosmos Hmmm All I got is a washed up copy of Charlie Sheen A guy so messed up that even all the Freudian pop culture the author read up on could not help him view spoiler yep, you get about a dozen or so Freudian slips , an anal fixation, supressed homosexual arousal, wanting sex with own s mother etc.etc and his robot Shrink is called FREUD Oh the surprise I cannot contain myself S hide spoiler It is hard to follow a character one completely does not care for, at least it is hard for me I mean the guy is so screwed up Half the time I found myself just practically poking my eyes out hoping he ll finally come out of the closet already and stop this nonesense of playing straight I mean it s so obvious He cannot form any attachment to any woman he sleeps with and there s many The one he supposedly loved HA he confronts in his dreams She is man like and smells musky which he likes But even her he doesn t treat well view spoiler He beats her so bad, he knocks a tooth out Oooh and while he s all in love with her continues sleeping with others hide spoiler And what do you get in the end I admit I persisted in this book, naively hoping it would improve Hoping he ll have an epiphany and hoping I ll learn something remotely meaningful about the Heechees Nope First, the whole time Robbie his childlish name is fighting the very psychological help he s paying for which leads to no results Second, you ll find out next to nothing about the heechees.Yield the warning of all the reviewers so far This book is at least 50% about a selfish asswipe of a man who struggles with issues he dares not face primarily his attraction to men The other 50% you ll read about him on Gateway beeing too chicken poop to even get on a mission hence just walking around and doing nothing. and sexing it up hey, it was the 70s when this was written.Complete utter waste of time Don t do it, don t even think about it Having tried Pohl, a 4 star novel I pretty much know I ll never read him again If this is the best he can do, I shudder to think what he is like at his worst


  8. Mark Mark says:

    Gateway by Frederik Pohl has long been considered a classic of Science Fiction and deservedly so It s earned its status honestly and is one of the best books I have ever read.What separates this from the myriad other science fiction and fantasy offerings out there It s the characters The Plot Gateway is an asteroid in our Solar System that was hollowed out and made into a base of operations by the mysterious ancient alien race known as the Heechee They abandoned it long before mankind s Gateway by Frederik Pohl has long been considered a classic of Science Fiction and deservedly so It s earned its status honestly and is one of the best books I have ever read.What separates this from the myriad other science fiction and fantasy offerings out there It s the characters The Plot Gateway is an asteroid in our Solar System that was hollowed out and made into a base of operations by the mysterious ancient alien race known as the Heechee They abandoned it long before mankind stopped throwing their feces at each other and invented the wheel The only thing left on Gateway are the Heechee ships These ships can be programmed via 5 movable dials to automatically go to a destination and return A huge multinational corporation pays intrepid prospectors to get aboard these ships, go to a destination, and then come back with any new discoveries The prospectors then get paid a sum relative to any new discoveries they make If they come back with nothing, they get nothing.However, these missions have a very high failure rate Sometimes the missions never return Other times, the ships return on automatic with all hands lost due to an accident or some disaster met on the other end Still others take too long and the crew dies of starvation due to their rations running out Therefore the chances of hitting it big are rather remote When the book begins, we meet Robinette Broadhead a man who has hit it big on Gateway and is living the life of luxury on Earth He is also in voluntary therapy and on the edge of a massive mental breakdown.The action switches in between Broadhead s past story of how he came to Gateway and struck it big and Broadhead s present therapy sessions Also interspersed throughout the book are little snippets of Gateway trivia fun facts, interviews with Heechee scholars, classified ads from the local Gateway paper, and mission summaries from prospectors who struck it big and from those who didn t do so well The Good The plot itself is intriguing The Gateway station has a kind of 1849 Gold Rush San Francisco feel to it Everyone is there to strike it rich and improve their lot in life by taking the risk of a Gateway trip I couldn t help but feel admiration towards these people and wonder if I would have the stones to put my neck on the line for that kind of a reward.The characters in this book are what separates it from everything else Each character introduced in the novel was distinct enough to be memorable I never found myself reading a character s name and saying who is this A lot of times, in any literature, there s a memorable protagonist and maybe a memorable antagonist if you re lucky The rest of the characters just seem to meld into each other Gateway doesn t have this problem all the characters are memorable.Robinette Broadhead, the main character, is the most complex character in the book This becomesapparent as the reader experiencesandof his therapy sessions Others here on GoodReads have been critical saying they didn t like Broadhead or they wanted to slap him I heartily agree However, I don t think pathos was Pohl s object in the way he wrote Broadhead Robinette Broadhead simply is who he is and the reader gets to understand why he is who he is throughout the course of the book I didn t like Broadhead, but I was definitely interested in him This book is all about Broadhead s private face his true face His public, outwardly going face may have been completely charming, but the reader doesn t see that face very much because that s not what this book is about I readily admit that I did not like Robinette Broadhead as a person but the fact that I felt enough about him as a person to not like him was marvelous.Another interesting character is Klara She s another prospector on Gateway and she has a pretty complex relationship with Robinette Broadhead A couple of incidents happen between her and Broadhead that made me question why she d want to be with him However, with two people in such a close context, these things were bound to happen You can t be around someone constantly without getting on each other s nerves eventually Also, the idea that a woman could desire a relationship with a man who s no good for her is, sadly, not unrealistic.Other characters presented in the book are also done well from the other prospectors on Gateway to Broadhead s computerized therapist on Earth The Not So Good I can t think of anything that really detracts significantly enough from this book to not give it the full 5 stars I didn t really like the name Heechee for an alien race it just sounds childish to me The book didn t explain why they were called Heechee I suspect someone dared the author to use that name during a pot infused booze soaked bull session.Being somewhat scientifically minded, I was very mildly annoyed that the book didn t explain how the Heechee ships were able to travel at massive speeds, yet no time dilation effect was observed That is, the Heechee ships were able to move at the speed of light and even faster, but one month of time passing on the ship meant one month of time passing on Gateway when, in reality, one month passing on the ship would mean many years of time passing on Gateway Admittedly, the book is narrated by a non scientist, so it would have been out of character for him to know the reason for this Also, the book itself states that the Heechee ship engine is a mystery because, whenever they try to disassemble it, it explodes with tremendous force.The women of the book seemed to fall into bed with Robinette Broadhead a little too readily This book was written in the 70s, so perhaps it has a little of that kind of sensibility to it Also, we don t really see Broadhead s public, outgoing face in the novel so perhaps he s really handsome and charming in social situations there are certainly hints to that effect interspersed throughout the novel Conclusion Gateway is rightfully considered a classic of Science Fiction If the premise sounds intriguing at all, please read it You ll like it


  9. Jokoloyo Jokoloyo says:

    A warning this novel s main plot is not about Big Dumb Object BDO or space opera This novel is about psychological issue of the main protagonist The protagonist get the psych problem due to the science fiction setting.This novel offers an idea of a psychological mental problem that haven t happened to human in real life yet At final revelation, the author deliver the situation so well, I could imagine the psych huge impact to the protagonist That s all I can say without spoiling anythin A warning this novel s main plot is not about Big Dumb Object BDO or space opera This novel is about psychological issue of the main protagonist The protagonist get the psych problem due to the science fiction setting.This novel offers an idea of a psychological mental problem that haven t happened to human in real life yet At final revelation, the author deliver the situation so well, I could imagine the psych huge impact to the protagonist That s all I can say without spoiling anything important If you are interested with the BDO and the setting after reading this novel, don t worry Gateway is the first novel of a series, Heechee Saga In my opinion, the characterization of main protagonist is perfect for this novel, if the author choose another characterization, the story could become less interesting


  10. Trish Trish says:

    I was told to read this book since I ve already read Heinlein s Starship Troopers as well as Haldeman s The Forever War Apparently, these three authors form a triangle of classic scifi views on humanity, space exploration, conflicts with aliens and how we could would or not get through all that as a species As you can see from my very first update to this book, I wasn t too enthused Maybe it had to do with the protocol from the sessions with the shrink bot or with the MC being a crybaby ove I was told to read this book since I ve already read Heinlein s Starship Troopers as well as Haldeman s The Forever War Apparently, these three authors form a triangle of classic scifi views on humanity, space exploration, conflicts with aliens and how we could would or not get through all that as a species As you can see from my very first update to this book, I wasn t too enthused Maybe it had to do with the protocol from the sessions with the shrink bot or with the MC being a crybaby over everything he actually said something along the lines of you don t know what it s like having my kind of life despite him being filthy rich and not needing to worry about food or even life prolonging medical care snorts However, my opinion drastically changed since then The titular Gateway is a station built into a hollow asteroid No, we silly little humans did not achieve this technological feat However, we ve discovered artefacts throughout Sol Apparently, there has been another race, named Heechee, and they left these structures behind as well as thousands of ships at Gateway We have no idea what happened to the Heechee and can hardly understand their tech at all Here, as in so many other scifi books, Earth is overcrowded, impoverished, food is scarce, living conditions are let s put it politically correct not ideal Thus, despite there only being the dangerous method of trial and error with which to operate the Heechee ships, many humans pay one hell of a lot of money or try their luck in a lottery to get to Gateway and be allowed to hop to unknown coordinates with said ships Most don t survive One of the problems is that these ships have weird sizes either one, three or five humans can be on board in addition to different gear used for landing on planets, which also limits the amount of supplies one can take on any journey so starvation is a real possibility on top of everything else One lucky winner of the lottery is our MC, Bob or Rob or a number of other versions of Robinette Maybe the name explains some of his psychological problems lol He started out as a food shale miner but then travels to Gateway, overcomes his fears and hops through the galaxy Naturally, it s not exactly a scenic trip though I can t get into details Suffice it to say that he was a douchebag on Gateway view spoiler no, his suppressed homosexuality does not excuse him beating another human being hide spoiler but one of his trips, despite making him rich, really messes with his mind.However, Bob being in such a state is exactly where the novel starts Because he has therapy sessions with an AI Freudian therapist of a very funny name , the reader gets a mosaic of events that slowly but not boringly come together Moreover, this also means the reader gets a take on survivor s guilt and a number of other mental health issues view spoiler How his mother dies, not getting her replacement lung because there is either money for that or Bob s treatments, was yet another typical example of a futuristic human society where human life isn t actually worth much if anything and it was really sad hide spoiler No, I did not like the MC However, the book really worked for me It is, in my opinion at least, utterly realistic that we wouldn t stumble upon alien artifacts that magically did our bidding or came with a manual and in a Terran language at that so I liked how we were still stumbling about, utterly clueless Of course it s tragic how many people got killed trying to unlock the secrets of the Heechee but that gave the whole endeavor a kinda frontier flair Not to mention that space really is a dangerous place evenso if you don t really know what you re doing.Like I said, Bob, to me, was not likeable Part of me view spoiler pitied him for not being able to be himself However, the other and much larger part hated him because he was such a crybaby and took his frustration out on Klara hide spoiler Why view spoiler that stupid woman nevertheless trusted him on a mission is beyond me, no matter how much money beckoned hide spoiler I think I just like it when stupid people get punished view spoiler His ship being the one making it out of the black hole wasn t really a surprise but it happens to be a favourite twist of mine so I laughed almost maniacally hide spoiler Bwahahahahahaha Another interesting thing about this novel is its form Not just that the narration is not in a straight line, adding to the mystery, but also that the story was interspersed with mission reports, technical bulletins and other files the MC probably read while he was taught on Gateway.I know this is a trilogy and can imagine what comes next, but I m not sure I ll read the other volumes It s the same with the other scifi classics I mentioned and linked to above For me, these are whole and thereforethan sufficient and maybe I m a little bit scared that the sequels would ruin the tale for me.If you get a chance, read this There are no space battles with lots of explosions or cool space weapons, no fascinating or revolting aliens, but there is a very intimate look at humanity and its psyche and that sort of tale often gets underestimated or even treated unkindly


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Gateway[Download] ➻ Gateway By Frederik Pohl – Thomashillier.co.uk Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe and on reaches of unimaginable horror When prospector Robinette Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe and on reaches of unimaginable horror When prospector Robinette Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Rob Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he has become in a journey into himself as perilous and even horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take.


About the Author: Frederik Pohl

Frederik George Pohl, Jr was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years From about until , Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards He became a Nebula Grand Master in .