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Cats in space
on 21 June 2014
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.