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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (Mar. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671656244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671656249
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,875,038 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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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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Its quite clear that Martin is a fantastic writer and this is an excellent example. Written in the 70s/80s which you have to remember.

Tuf voyaging is a comical, entertaining novel with real morals about the environmemt behind it.

It follows Haviland Tuf and how he came to be in a posession of a cloning ship that was thought to be lost to the ages. It reads like a collection of short stories as Tuf looks to solve different planets problems and revisiting old ones as the book goes forward.

Each story has a lesson learned which leaves you smiling and Tuf is a lovable character which you feel for even if he is that little bit annoying! Its old fashioned but thats adds to it and is simple yet very imaginative.

Its a slow starter at first but once its gets going, its hard to put down. It reminds me of a childrens book with each lesson at the end but its far from that. It has a touch of the bible around it with the chapter titles but the way Tuf solves problems is a great read. Martin never quite writes what Tuf's intention is but that is what makes it.

Martin's storytelling really is second to none, maybe not for Game of thrones fans but try it anyway.

Im glad I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beamo on 18 Dec. 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 27 April 2014
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Monks on 18 April 2014
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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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