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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345537998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345537997
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,329,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Tuf Voyaging"
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"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 "
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"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"
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"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"
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I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers. Robert Jordan"

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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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I originally came across the stories of Havilland Tuf in Analog in the later 70's/early 80's, well before Game of Thrones, and was delighted to have the convenience of them all in one place. Tuf is a character I found very easy to relate to, rather happier to be accompanied by cats than irrational humans, similar in someways to Royd Eris in 'Nightflyers'.
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.
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Not many will take the time to explore George Martins other novels but if you do Tuf Voyaging is one of the best ones he ever wrote, such a well contained story, well written and very interesting. A wonderful science fiction book.
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While being it's intricate stories are typical of Martin, this is a refreshing break from ASOIAC. The comical way in which Haviland Tuf presents himself provides light relief while the stories actually carry some weight and you find yourself becoming quite attached to the character. The episodic nature of the storytelling also lends itself to easy reading. I really wish he wrote some more of this.
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Brilliant, it is well worth looking beyond Song of Ice and Fire for George Martin (also highly recommend Fevre Dream!). Havilland Tuf is such a great main character, love the way he just meanders through the stories whilst all hell is breaking our around him. Really recommend this book.
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A thousand years ago the old Earth Empire collapsed. Most of its amazing technology was lost and the galaxy settled back into a period of decline. But one of the Empire's old seedships, the Ark, has been rediscovered. With its cargo of ferocious beasts and genetically-engineered plagues, the Ark can lay waste to entire star systems. Fortunately for the galaxy, its new owner is the morally-minded and fussy merchant Haviland Tuf. Accompanied only his crew of telepathic cats, Tuf sets out on a voyage that will take him to many worlds...and many problems.

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.
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Whilst not a fan of a lot of Science Fiction/Fantasy books, I took a punt on this one based on how good Game of Thrones was..after an unsure beginning, the character of Tuf emerged and the whole makes for a delightful and different aspect to Mr Martin.

Worth a look for anyone who enjoys a little humour mixed with something different.
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Engaging and cleverly written.
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!
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After Game of Thrones I thought I would take a punt at some of George's others works, and was not disappointed. I loved the dry wit and humour of Tuf and look forward to trying other books from the same author.
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