When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!
BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer explains why Gateway is one of science fiction's all-time greatest novels.
PLEASE NOTE: Some changes were made to the original text with the permission of the author.
©1977 Frederik Pohl; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Great story, but the constant reference to Cassete Tapes was very very distracting. I wish the story could have been updated technology wise. I know this was done back in the 70s, but seriously, it would be best if these books are updated with current technology and physics.
YES. I have to say I HATE dyspopia..period. And I wasn't sure about the slight dystopia plot..but I think some of the reviewers complained it was too technical...and you had me at technical. The characters become family. You cry at the loss. You are alarmed by the humanity...but not surprised at humans as a whole utter failure on this planet and leave the story being not so sure if they have learned abything...but gosh this book makes you ponder very deep and disturbing thoughts.
Actually, the Martian. You will see why when you read it.
I think both narrators did excellent jobs. And I like when there is a female and male narrator for the different parts...helps shake things up a bit.
"And one day, the stars dissapeared..."
Frederick Pohl and his best series, you have to hear this. The most imaginative plot for the time which spans the whole series of books. Please buy this only if you truly like Sci-Fi and have imagination that enjoys wonders. Pohl’s Gateway world is original and engaging. Yes it was written a few decades ago (1977) and has some dated technology, but H.G. Wells is still very readable today so don’t let that deter you.
A must read for anyone in the Sci-Fi reader club. 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 Award.
The narrator, Oliver Wyman does a good job but his narration his average to good delivery is over shadowed by the story. Get the entire series.
I enjoyed this book. I had read the hard copy of this several time but the audiobook still brought more.
The story is a classic and the voice actors were very good. It's a credit well spent.
The ending is one you never see coming. the details of life are what sells it
Great voice great job
Get Rich or Die!!
I prefer my protagonists to be more mature and heroic. Robin Broadhead is a childish loser whom I don't want much to succeed at his endeavors. Development of the main characters is poor. They don't seem to talk to each other much since they are so busy drinking, using drugs and having sex. The only real insight we get into Robin's character is from his artificially intelligent computer psychiatrist. And this insight is only in retrospect after the events of the book.
The basic premise of the story is that humanity discovers around 1000 alien space ships that we don't know how to use properly. This is acceptable. What is not reasonable is that governments or corporations would entrust a bunch of incompetent, loser, rejects with 3 weeks of training to take these ships out. I believe the military would be flying these ships. If not, why not use highly trained and psychologically stable civilians I was not able to suspend my disbelieve regarding this basic premise.
I liked the AI psychiatrist character.
I don't understand how this famous Hugo awarded book is liked by so many when it seems so weak to me.
If you have read Ender's games and like it you will love this book.
It made me stop and wonder if the ending could ever happen.
No wonder why it won a Hugo and Nebula Award.
It a must in any Sci-fi collection.
The Heechee alien race and artifacts are among the most interesting in science fiction. Inscrutable and fascinating, enticing with riches and threatening with danger, the Gateway asteroid embodies with eloquence mankind's questing nature.
I only wish the novel had focused more exclusively on the Heechee and not on one of the most unlikeable characters in modern fiction. The "Hero" Robinette Broadhead, is given an opportunity any red blooded human would die for: to plumb the galaxy's mysteries in an alien starship.
All he can do with this mighty gift, unfortunately, is drink till he pukes, beat his girlfriend, and sobbingly profess to his shrink that he equates love with having things stuck up his butt. Oh, Dear!
Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.
I agree with another reviewer that the psychobabble stuff just bogs this down. Half of the book is spent agonizing with an electronic shrink over what turns out to be a simple question of responsibility. I spent most of the book wondering if any of it was necessary to the story and decided that it could be abridged to about 1 minute and make for a much better story.
There are two timelines in this book: the Present in which our hero spends his days in psychotherapy with an AI, and the Past which takes place in and around Gateway and the Heechee mystery.
The Present is awful. 50% of the book that reads like listening to a particularly boring psychotherapy session. Nothing interesting happens AT ALL until perhaps the last few chapters. Just a poor rich guy who's got some mom issues, some sexuality issues, and a guilt trip to deal with. And the narrator's Therapist voice quickly becomes irritating. I found myself fast forwarding through these chapters..... maybe I missed some really great stuff, but it sure doesn't seem that way.
The Past is better. You've got the standard sci-fi fare of an unknown alien civilization and humanity trying to puzzle out their advanced technology. Pohl gives us enough plot and science fiction musings to keep the book readable. However as a fan of hard sci-fi I found the general scenario involving Gateway and missions are run a little silly. Without spoiling anything: why in the name of Zeus could they not build robots to do these missions??!?! All it needs to do is activate 1 control, take some pictures, turn on a machine that scans for several signatures, take pictures of those scans, activate the original control again, and come home. Instead poorly trained humans get tossed into the unknown and often wind up dead through starvation, splattered through G forces, lost in space because they ran out of gas, irradiated when their ship drops to near a star, or they do something stupid in a mad dash for loot and fame.
I read reviews that the next books are a little harder sci-fi and less people acting like whiners and cryers in space. I'll probably pick the next one up from the library. So let's say 2.5 stars for the half of the book that was decent.
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