A hero without peer or scruples, Sam Gunn has a nose for trouble, money, and women, though not necessarily in that order. A man with the ego (and stature) of a Napoleon, the business acumen of a P. T. Barnum, and the raging hormones of a teenage boy, Sam is the finest astronaut NASA ever trained and dumped. But more than money, more than women, Sam Gunn loves justice—and he really does love money and women.
Whether he’s suing the Pope, helping twin sisters entangled in the virtual sex trade, or on trial for his life on charges of interplanetary genocide, you can be sure of one thing: this is one space jockey who’ll meet every challenge with a smile on his lips, an ace up his sleeve, and a weapon in his pocket.
Now, for the first time in one volume, Hugo-winner Ben Bova presents all the tales of Sam Gunn to date, including three never-before collected in book form. Here is the entire chronicle of Sam Gunn, trailblazer and scoundrel, as he scams his way from one end of the solar system to the other, giving bold new meaning to the term venture capitalist.
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“Bova has ambitiously and deftly created a three-in-one narrative that satisfies any and all readerly desires to see the life of his signature rogue assembled into coherent form…. Bova has successfully added to the storehouse of a particularly American folklore. Sam Gunn is Mike Fink and Paul Bunyan (although their opposite in size), Rockefeller and Carnegie, Sam Slick and Penrod, the plucky protagonists from Horatio Alger and the irreverent ones from Mark Twain. His exploits… are new manifestations of an eternal archetype in the American psyche." (SciFi Weekly)
First off, let me say that I was expecting a space opera of sorts. A collection of stories about a larger than life, arrogant but charming, space hero. That's not what this is, but that's ok.
The protagonist of this collection is the female reporter collecting the stories that are presented. This approach works surprisingly well. But Sam Gunn is no space hero, and the major conflict of the story arc is very personal and relational. So son't expect an epic story here.
Rather, these are a collection of believable stories about a charming con-man who just barely manages to keep ahead of his problems. The stories are voiced by different readers who do a professional and respectable job.
Overall, Sam Gunn's personality began to wear thin with me, but as I mentioned earlier, the story is not really about Sam Gunn and there are well done surprises and a satisfactory conclusion to the collection.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
PERSONS ATTEMPTING TO FIND A MOTIVE IN THIS NARRATIVE WILL BE PROSECUTED;
PERSONS ATTEMPTING TO FIND A MORAL IN IT WILL BE BANISHED;
PERSONS ATTEMPTING TO FIND A PLOT IN IT WILL BE SHOT.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR
Sam Gunn is the twenty-first century's greatest entrepreneur and its most hated public figure. Visionary, scoundrel, lover, liar, he is small in stature but larger than life, and his story is that of space exploration itself. He will make and lose fortunes from Earth to the Asteroid Belt, one step ahead of his creditors, one step behind his grand dreams. Through all his varied careers, Sam's goal will always be the same: to go where no one had ever gone before...and come back with a profit. Here is the MAGNIFICENT tale of his amazing life, an adventure told by the men and women who loved or hated him but could never forget him as he carved out man's destiny amongst the stars.
This is an anthology of short stories revolving around the character Sam Gunn. Ben Bova's flavor of sci-fi is not hardcore, operatic, or techno-anything. The stories instead are character-driven and they play out in front of the backdrop of space.Sam is a NASA astronaut who becomes an entrepeneuer. He is a shallow character who likes action and the ladies. The stories are of his outrageous exploits in the "beginning" of interplanetary travel. The stories are framed around a "biography" documentary that is being written by a newish journalist named Jade who lives on the moon. The narration was decent, but the story seemed a bit silly. If I were still about 10 years old and hadn't read any other sci-fi other than Heinlein, I may think this was genius....
Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.
The stories of varying length are connected, sort of.
A light hearted and amusing listen.
Well worth a credit.
Of all the anecdotes I most liked the duplicating machine and the rationale for developing it. A precursor for those nifty 3D printers perhaps. I do have to wonder about the black hole and Sam's way of winning on the Stock Exchange. And the holy hologram was good fun.
If you want or need a smile (or chuckle) and are not worried too much by political correctness or looking for a literary masterpiece this really could be a good holiday listen.
This omnibus was put together in such a way that makes it the single best collection of short stories I've ever read or listened to. Using the vehicle of a reporter who is trying to collect personal anecdotes was ingenious. With these stories happening in so many different locations and times, the method used to string the omnibus together as a cohesive whole was quite effective. Having so many different narrators really made each story come alive and gave an additional layer of believe-ability to the book.
Using an outside agent to follow the focal character's antics helped me appreciate the larger than life nature of Sam Gunn more than if it had been told from his point of view.
I've only listed to Stefan Rudnicki before and all of the narrators did quite well on this book. I had no complaints at all.
We'll be first in this market. We'll make billions!
The Sam Gunn character reminded me a lot of Miles Vorkosigan from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. I think that due to the way these short stories are told and strung together, I appreciate Sam a bit more. Even though the Sam Gunn omnibus is a collection of short stories instead of a massive arc of novels, it still read as an epic to me. This is one of my new favorite books.
I enjoyed this collection, which is a set of linked stories following Sam Gunn on many adventures. He is a rogue and a scoundrel and a bit lecherous. Not a zipping around the galaxy type thing but presented in near Earth future and orbit for most part and fun. Not all the stories are top notch and a couple go on a bit too long for where they end up but overall i enjoyed it. & a couple of the stories are very good with hilarious moments.
& I do like the way Bova framed the tales with the reporter's search for interviewees. I am glad I listened to the entire set as they are considered to be "classics" of a sort. Not deeply philosophical nor mind bending scifi, rather straight forward comical pieces but there are some important topics that come up.
A bit like Clarke's White Hart tales and Spider Robinson's Callahan stories.
& the different narrators fits perfectly with the assorted interviews though I do wish they had gone a step further and gotten more people as no one repeats as narrator till very late and it's kind of a shame to go so far without repeating without going all the way.
It is a big undertaking though and I can listen for hours everyday so that wasn't as much a factor in getting done nor losing interest in stories as it may be for others.
Sort of a collection of short stories woven together with an overarching plot. I particularly enjoyed the way each story was woven together by use of common themes and characters. By the end you find yourself really regretting that you didn't have a chance to know Sam personally. For a science fiction story, the technology, places, and events are eminently believable -- I had to remind myself that this was not a real history. If you like Heinlein's Lazarus Long, you'll enjoy this story.
This was a fantastic listen. Probably one of my favorites. I listen to and read a variety of genre and authors. I love a good long space opera or a fast paced spy thriller. I rarely find something light hearted and humorous that holds my attention. Sam Gunn was fun and entertaining. I listened with a smirk on my face half the time. I thought the segment of him suing the Pope was outstanding. I kept trying to figure out how to describe the book to family and friends when it dawned on me that Sam Gunn was Tom Sawyer in space. Duh, the frequent references to Sam as Huck Finn should have clued me in much sooner. Anyway, if you want a fun, funny and ultimately uplifting read, pick this one. I will definitely listen again - and again.
"Fantastic, funny, heartwarming, space opera"
Fantastic, funny, heartwarming, space opera at its best would highly recommend to a friend , made me laugh and wanted more
Sam gunn his story board was like a picture growing with every chapter, he always ends up on top
Too many to name, his relationships with women and the competition was just enjoyable
If I could yes I would
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