At last - the ultimate book in the renowned Heechee Saga!
Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine-stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from party to party with a host of other machine-people. But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all-powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silence, and threatens the lives of all heechee and humans. Even Robin, virtually immortal and with unlimited access to millennia of accumulated data, cannot discover how to stop these aliens. It began to seem that only a face to face meeting could determine the future of the entire universe....
©1987 Frederik Pohl (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Yes, I definitely would, one bad book from Pohl won't turn me off yet.
Spoilers for previous book:
We are constantly reminded that the virtual people are living in a virtual world. "I could see space through the viewscreen, but off course I wasn't really seeing it because I don't actually have eyes nor was the viewscreen real either..." Over and over and over, I get it has some point in the story but my goodness I felt beaten over the head with it.
Nothing, his voice acting was superb.
I'm iffy on that, I wanted another book because I felt the last one ended abruptly but part of me feels like I should have stopped there.
I liked getting some closure (sort of) on Robin.
If you like scifi, the heeche series are a good bet. This is the 4th book in the series, and i enjoyed all of the book, i only wish 5th and 6th were available as audio books...
The problem with Frederick Pohl's writing is that it is pretty dense. And he is pretty insistent on teaching us something.
Which can get a little long winded.
He is very much Albert Einstein, and I am Robinette Broadhead.
But he does write a heck of a good story.
I struggled to finish this book. just boring and lame. I got so sick of the computer land folks and the writer refuses to bring the book back around to reality. I just couldn't take it anymore. I quit.
I remember reading the first Gateway books back in high School. I revisited them again as an adult and loved the first few books. The psycho analytical babble surround Robin did get somewhat tedious even with the early books but the science fiction was fun. It seems like some science fiction stories that drag on have a tendency to kill off the main character
and have him evolve into a non-corporeal being. THis happened in the previous book to this one so I am not spoiling the story. It sometimes works I suppose, I actually find it to be a clunky literally device, in this case it is just tedious and frankly boring. The only upside is I still wanted to find out what happened at the end, so I guess I was somewhat hooked, but this was not a good story. Especially with the first few books being so fine.
"Worst Book In Series"
I liked the end the best. This was a very disappointing ending to an otherwise excellent saga.
I would definitely try another Pohl book as I enjoyed most of the Gateway/Heechee books very much.
Oliver Wyman did an excellent job of making lightweight material entertaining.
I think it needs a story.
If you have been following this saga then you will need to get this book just to find out what becomes of the characters. However, it is without doubt the weakest link in the Gateway/Hechee chain.
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