This is a very popular book and it’s won a number of sci-fi awards (Gateway won the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.)
I wanted to like it, but I’m tired of the sort of 1970’s sci-fi where everyone is causally drinking and toking all day, everyday, and endlessly bedding down with everyone else. That gets old quick and made it hard for me to take to the main character. He is an anti-hero and some of his less pleasant traits (SPOILER ALERT: like angrily knocking his girlfriend’s tooth out and being a big, cowardly baby) also prevented me from really liking him.
On the other hand, the story is interesting and original. The author deserves credit for that. It’s also well narrated.
Addicted to Audio Books....I think I might be forgetting how to read!
and lesson in living with loss, pain, grief and worst of all, guilt. So much more than I thought science fiction could be.
If you want to wander around for a while in a mind filled with copious amounts of self-persecution for things he has no control over and who spends plenty of time torturing himself about not wanting to risk the opportunity of either throwing his life away in a splashy/squishy manner or striking it rich (with no real choice in which he gets), then this is the book for you. And let's not forget the interludes in the psychologist's office, where he blames all of his life's choices or failure to choose on his mommy issues.
This novel is more than just a sci fi story. It's a larger exploration of the protagonists character and mental approach to life in a future space going society. The most important things are not the technology surprises. A little slow at first but it picks up momentum.
The performance is excellent. The story holds together but seems somewhat contrived and really challenges believability. Also the personality of the hero would never pass screening tests for any space flight assignment.
Definitely. The characters feel very real and flawed while at the same time Pohl makes you feel this sense of wonder and adventure and terror of space.
The AI. Its the most likable character by far.
He's a good reader.
"Would you go?" - shows the open hatch and dark interior of a gateway ship.
Pohl really knows how to get you into a story and make it feel real in a way few sci-fi authors can match. The whole gateway series maintained or even improved this as it progressed.
I read this in paperback when I was a kid. Now here it is more than 20 years later and it was even better than I remembered it. The story is engaging, the performance is excellent, and the story has me wanting to re-listen/read the rest of the series. At first, I though the little sessions with Sigmund were transparent and distracting, but by the end, they were part of the story and as engaging as the main story-line. I'm in for a penny, so I guess I'm in for a pound. Gotta download Blue Event Horizon now.
This book is told in flashback during psychotherapy of the protagonist. It includes a few hours of banter between the patient and the AI therapist program to flesh out that aspect of the story. I found this to be a unique and unexpected way to move a narrative along, and I enjoyed it. Pohl does a fine job. It's not the best Sci-Fi book ever, but in a world of horrible ones it is a solid, enjoyable entry, with a memorable main character.
Very good story. Narration by Oliver Wyman was great, as usual -- the problem for me, is that I associate his voice with the main character in a couple of other very popular book series. It takes a little while to separate his performance in this book, and to begin to "hear" the voice of Robinette, the protagonist in this book.
Come on! It's Gateway... Interesting structure in storytelling and just a good book. Soon as I can I am going to get the rest of them in the series.