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Tuf Voyaging [Hardcover]

George R. R. Martin
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Book Description

Jan 1986
From the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of The Song of Ice and Fire series: Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands-hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way... and in every case the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity-and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues... Tuf Voyaging interior illustrations by Janet Aulisio. Included will be her original eight illustrations, along with 28 newly commissioned ones.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671559850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671559854
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,701,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Praise for "Tuf Voyaging"" " "A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile."--"Analog" "A new facet of Martin's manysided talent."--"Asimov's" Praise for George R. R. Martin "Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien."--"Time "" " "Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers."--"The New York Times"" " "I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers."--Robert Jordan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A classic novel from George R. R. Martin, author of the hit HBO TV series A GAME OF THRONES. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but flawed. 18 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book starts with a borrowed scenario that I struggled to place, then I remembered a story about a mothballed spaceship, by Harry Harrison, I think. So, our titular hero, after surviving the ship's attempts to kill him (he's the sole survivor of a boarding party), gets to 'own' a relic from another era, with a technology almost lost in legend. What does he do with it? He uses the machine's abilities to solve a series of planetary sized problems in a largely benevolent fashion. It's unconvincing overall, a read to pass the time, interesting as a piece of the writer's development and certainly not what those coming to it from A Game of Thrones might expect. But that's all.
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By Alaran
Format:Paperback
Rather than a full novel this is a collection of short stories published around the late seventies, early eighties that have been cobbled together. They are concerned with the exploits of unexpected hero Haviland Tuf after he seems by default to adopt the Ark, a gigantic space cruiser capable of altering the ecosystems of a planet. This collection of novellas relates Tuf’s journeys across the universe solving various planets’ environmental disasters, accompanied only by his collection of cats.

The writing has a whimsical tone in an almost Wodehouse style and some minor comparisons can possibly be drawn with ‘Red Dwarf’. Although not laugh out loud comedic, there is a subtle sense of amusement throughout that is likely to keep the reader entertained. Much of the content appears to be subtly and cleverly mocking politics, religion and big business.

Fans of ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ can expect the same quality but not the wealth of characters. There are few significant characters and only a couple of recurring ones. The emphasis is more about Tuf and how he uses wit and intelligence to solve the problems his clients face.

Haviland Tuf himself is a strange but somewhat endearing character. He is far removed from what the usual expectations of what a science fiction hero should be and this, coupled with the fact that he reveals little about himself, makes him a very intriguing individual. He certainly has some sort of appeal and charm that always puts the reader on his side. There is also something of Jeeves about the way he politely schemes and manipulates people.

With the huge success of ‘Game of Thrones’ rumours of a possible television programme based around Tuf’s exploits seem to be doing the rounds. As yet they are unsubstantiated. How much they would be based around this book if it ever happened are unknown.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Oddball book 18 Dec 2013
By Beamo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Compared to Ice and Fire, this is not very good. The prose is quite childish, which is a shame as the plots have some merit. Maybe it would be better as a teenager's first foray into SF.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The biz 22 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A handful of very interesting novellas set around the character of Haviland Tuf an erstwhile space trader and cat lover turned ecological engineer, who might just be god himself... I particularly enjoyed Martin's descriptive abilities. This is no Game of Thrones, the setting being completely distinct but above all the tone, lightly humorous throughout, is quite different, however, apart from its charm, it does offer some interesting insights into Martin's mind if, like me, you are a thronie...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average read 28 Jun 2014
By PW
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Tuf was an interesting charter. Nice read if your bored and have nothing else to keep you until your next favourite book comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 24 Jun 2014
By Alsky
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not what I expected from George R R Martin but a pleasant surprise. Very clever, interesting and exciting read. Recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cats in space 21 Jun 2014
Format:Paperback
Tuf Voyaging follows a man named Haviland Tuf as he journeys through space in a space ship. Also, he has cats, lots of cats. In space. Space cats!

I purchased this book as an introduction to George R R Martin's work. I plan to read the existing Game of Thrones books soon, maybe over the summer, but I wanted to make sure I liked the writing style before I commit to it. It would be a hell of a slog if I didn't. This is one of his early works, a collection of short stories in their own right but they are linked in a way that makes them feel like they could be chapters instead of discrete stories.

The book takes us through some of Tuf's adventures. First as an honest space trader and later as a self taught ecological engineer after he comes into possession of an ancient seedship. Using the seedship, Tuf attempts to solve the problems of various worlds by cloning creatures and lifeforms from the ships enormous genetic catalogue. Most of the problems have roots in the failings of humanity and Tuf turns to increasingly more "godlike" solutions to these problems. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely"

Tuf is a very literal man, which leads to some witty dialogue between him and the few other characters who find this unsettling, even more so after Tuf engineers himself a breed of psionic cat.

I enjoyed this book. The writing style was good, the main environments were richly described. The main characters were well fleshed out so you got a feel for their personalities, the minor characters, in some cases, felt they were just there to further the plot. It was a reasonably fast paced, sci fi, space opera of a book and a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tuf Voyaging - excellent 22 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read lots of interesting ploys and adventures across the cosmos
Quicker to read than GOT series too! Enjoy! Quality
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