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Great Space Adventure!,
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This review is from: Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
Probably like many other Amazon customers, I too am trying to read the Millennium SF Masterworks series. Gateway, a double award winner, is quite rightly part of the series.
Trust me, this is no average novel and anyone who says it is, is not widely read in the genre.
Robinette (Bob) Broadhead goes to Gateway, an ancient alien asteroid base, with old preprogrammed interstellar craft, located near Venus. People use their life savings to go there, learn about planetary exploration, jump in a ship and take their chance to see what fantastic alien treasures they may find .
For a few, it is the key to vast wealth. For many more, it is a one way trip to hell.
I admit it is a slow start and many of today’s more action orientated readers won’t like the pychobabble therapy that Bob goes through. It is very intense. I understand Pohl went through therapy himself which might explain the detailed conversations.
But once Bob and his training group start going on the missions, the excitement and risk of adventure kicks in. And then there’s the mystery of the Heechee. Who were they and where are they now? Were they a bunch of tourists who liked to see the sites of the Galaxy, which included solar systems with life such as ours? Who knows? There are answers in the sequels but do you really want to know? I don't - better that way.