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Gateway, by Frederik Pohl, is very much in the grand tradition of 'hard SF'. Whereas much of what gets put in the science-fiction section of bookshops is actually little more than fantasy with lasers instead of swords, Gateway is part of the Arthur C Clarke, Bradbury and Asimov school that ... Read review
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Some SF writers have astonishingly long productive careers. Frederik Pohl started in 1940 ... more

and with Cyril Kornbluth co-wrote such classic
1950s satires as The Space Merchants.  He won Hugo
and Nebula awards for the 1977 Gateway, a major
novel  combining classic SF excitement with
psychological depth and now reissued in Millennium
 SF Masterworks. The compelling central idea is
Gateway itself, an asteroid base stuffed  with
abandoned interstellar ships built by the
mysterious, elusive alien "Heechee". These  tiny
vessels can travel on autopilot to countless
unknown destinations. Some human  passengers
return with fabulous technologies and scientific
insights, others empty-handed.  Many more die from
incomprehensible hazards at journey's end, or from
lack of food or air  in overlong round-trips. So
the atmosphere of the human community at Gateway
is  uniquely edgy, halfway between a gold-rush
town and Death Row. Pohl's unheroic hero 
Broadhead has both good and bad luck in Heechee
craft, emerging with riches and terrible  loss. We
learn the shattering story of what happened in
successive flashbacks, while the  engaging,
scene-stealing AI psychology software called
Sigfrid patiently tries to put  Broadhead together
again. Gateway is witty and humane, full of clever
insights,  ingenious asides and claustrophobic
drama. Its sequels are less impressive. --David 
Langford

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The Boy Who Would Live Forever: A Novel of Gateway - Frederik Pohl

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The Boy Who Would Live Forever (Gateway Novels) - Frederik Pohl

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Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS) - Frederik Pohl

Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS) - Frederik Pohl

Some SF writers have astonishingly long productive careers. Frederik Pohl started in 1940 ... more

and with Cyril Kornbluth co-wrote such classic
1950s satires as The Space Merchants.  He won Hugo
and Nebula awards for the 1977 Gateway, a major
novel  combining classic SF excitement with
psychological depth and now reissued in Millennium
 SF Masterworks. The compelling central idea is
Gateway itself, an asteroid base stuffed  with
abandoned interstellar ships built by the
mysterious, elusive alien "Heechee". These  tiny
vessels can travel on autopilot to countless
unknown destinations. Some human  passengers
return with fabulous technologies and scientific
insights, others empty-handed.  Many more die from
incomprehensible hazards at journey's end, or from
lack of food or air  in overlong round-trips. So
the atmosphere of the human community at Gateway
is  uniquely edgy, halfway between a gold-rush
town and Death Row. Pohl's unheroic hero 
Broadhead has both good and bad luck in Heechee
craft, emerging with riches and terrible  loss. We
learn the shattering story of what happened in
successive flashbacks, while the  engaging,
scene-stealing AI psychology software called
Sigfrid patiently tries to put  Broadhead together
again. Gateway is witty and humane, full of clever
insights,  ingenious asides and claustrophobic
drama. Its sequels are less impressive. --David 
Langford

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Gateway - the Final Frontier?

AdvantagesGreat characters and cleverly structured

DisadvantagesThe domestic violence bit sticks out like a sore thumb

"...with lasers instead of swords, Gateway is part of the Arthur C Clarke, Bradbury and Asimov school that seeks to extrapolate fantastic worlds from real current science, and examines how science and technology could affect the peoples of those worlds. In the future, Earth is massively over-populated - and starving. Food is synthesised from hydrocarbons, and there's not enough to go around. Life is brutal and grinding poverty is everywhere. For ..." Read review
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Wealth ...or death. Those were the choices Gateway offered. Humans had discovered this artificial spaceport full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious vanished Heechee. Their destinations are preprogrammed. They are easy to operate but impossible to control. Some came back with discoveries which made their intrepid pilots rich; others returned with their remains barely identifiable. It was the ultimate game of Russian roulette but in this resource-starved future there was no shortage of desperate volunteers.

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EAN 9781857988185
Type Fiction
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Orion Publishing Co
Title Gateway
Author Frederik Pohl
ISBN 1857988183

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