Maybe a robot.
It wasn't bad, it wasn't good.
There is really no plot here. Just describing science and technology. The characters are nothing more than a device to move from one bit of technology to another, so it can be described in utterly boring detail. That sort of stuff should be in the background to help the plot and characters out, not the other way around.
Sounds like there might be more books coming in the series. I won't be getting them.
This novel jumps around way too much. Seems just like an anthology of heechee short stories strung together by a common thread. I found myself wanting it to be over.
I generally like Frederick Pohl, and I liked the other heechee novels, especially at the start, but this one seems disjointed and boring.
It is like a long soap opera with no action and no plot. More like a way for Pohl to preach his world views to his readers, disguised as a novel.
Wyman's narration was excellent.
I love this novel. but I have to say that Peter Ganim's narration was just horrible. He reads it in an overly dramatic style that turns a great story into a corny piece of junk.
I recommend reading the book and skipping the audio version. Same with the sequel "After worlds Collide"
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