Tuf Voyaging Paperback – 29 Jan 2013
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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
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"
A classic novel from George R. R. Martin, author of the hit HBO TV series A GAME OF THRONES. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
As with the best SF there is some serious thinking going on within the tales, for example, playing the ecology game is seldom as simple as it appears (Guardians), as China discovered to it's cost when an ill thought out campaign to eliminate sparrows (to stop them eating grain) backfired in a major way, when the insects, not longer held in check by bird predation ate far more grain than the sparrows ever would.
In one of the later stories, Tuf makes the point that the ownership, and ability to operate the seedship 'Ark' gives him literally the power of life or death over entire planets would have made him god-like for most of human history, and those he deals with should be grateful that he uses such powers carefully, and ultimately benevolently, because he is no longer really answerable to the rest of humanity.
As we gain the sort of knowledge, (ability to control and manipulate the genetic code and it's expressions), that could evolve into things like the 'Ark', it is to be hoped that we also gain the ethical sense that Martin has characterised in Havilland Tuf.
In short, read the book, you'll meet an interesting character who thinks most problems are better solved with thought than firepower, some one you'd quite like to meet. Of course, if you get into trading. . . well, be very careful of what you are asking for.
George R.R. Martin began writing stories about Haviland Tuf in the mid-1970s. In the mid-1980s, following the disastrous performance of the novel The Armageddon Rag and his move into Hollywood, Martin was convinced to repackage the old stories with several new ones to make a "fix-up" novel, one book formed from several smaller tales. The result, Tuf Voyaging, sold reasonably and kick-started Martin's literary career again, leading to the Wild Cards series and, a decade later, A Game of Thrones. It might not be quite the book that saved Martin's writing career, but it certainly helped give it a bit of a leg-up when it was urgently needed.
The book consists of seven short stories (the first of which is long enough to qualify as a novella). After the first, "The Plague Star", which explains how Tuf came to possess the Ark, the rest relate episodes where Tuf has to use the Ark's amazing abilities to resolve a crisis or emergency. Three of these stories form a recurring narrative when Tuf has to visit the planet S'uthlam, one of the few worlds advanced enough to be able to repair and maintain the Ark.Read more ›
Worth a look for anyone who enjoys a little humour mixed with something different.
A joy from the first page to the last. Lives entwined without obvious connections and a suprise around most corners.
I would gladly read more if available.
What a great read this was!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rather vague and rambling. Only managed halfway through it before I got boredPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Tuf Voyaging is a series of episodic tales regarding Haviland Tuf and his use of the Ark, an ancient ecological engineering ship that he takes to various worlds in an attempt to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by History Geek
I decided to try this on a whim. I was not disappointed. Tuf is tough to be sure . 5 stars well deserved.Published 2 months ago by loadsa51
The implacable Tuf is a great character who can deal with all the unpleasant beings in the universe with aplomb and cats.Published 11 months ago by Tooting Curry Girl
It's nice having a book broken down the way this is.
Brilliant main character with all the stories bringing amazing ideas and thoughts to original and unique situations. Read more