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Gateway

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Publisher's Summary

Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror.

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 1978
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 1978
  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award, Best Novel, 1978

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    Sasha Allison Park, PA, United States 10-10-16
    Sasha Allison Park, PA, United States 10-10-16 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audio Books....I think I might be forgetting how to read!

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    "wow...great characters, story, narration..."

    and lesson in living with loss, pain, grief and worst of all, guilt. So much more than I thought science fiction could be.

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    Mike Somewhere in Idaho 09-09-16
    Mike Somewhere in Idaho 09-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Angst, Massive Amounts of Angst"

    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.

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    Frank 03-30-16
    Frank 03-30-16
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    "More than a sci fi novel"

    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.

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    Peter Morton Langley, WA USA 07-10-15
    Peter Morton Langley, WA USA 07-10-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth Reading Managing Expectations"

    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.

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    Kevin Gabbert 01-13-15
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    "Unlikable characters but still a good story"
    Would you listen to Gateway again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The AI. Its the most likable character by far.


    What does Oliver Wyman and Robert J. Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Would you go?" - shows the open hatch and dark interior of a gateway ship.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 10-01-14
    Jeffery Bel Air, MD, United States 10-01-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Better than I remember when I was young."
    What did you love best about Gateway?

    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.


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    Turtle 01-22-14
    Turtle 01-22-14
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    "Fun story, good narration"

    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.

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    eporterriley1 01-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Sci-fi with a Psych Twist"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Gateway to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gateway?

    The end.


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    Ashley 01-04-14
    Ashley 01-04-14
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    "A must read for Sci Fi Fans"
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    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.

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    Dr. Frank D. Christopherson Mercer Island, WA USA 05-07-11
    Dr. Frank D. Christopherson Mercer Island, WA USA 05-07-11 Listener Since 2006

    Dr. Xenon

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    "One of the Finest SF; superlative narration!"

    This title was recommended to us as a Hugo & Nebula Award winner in the Audible intro to A.C. Clarke's "Rendezvous with Rama". Compelling, annoying, fascinating, and loaded with heartache and that "being there" sensation (verisimilitude), this was our best science fiction listen to date. We could hardly wait until our next listening session to see what would happen next, and how it would happen. Even though the protagonist is a bit of a jerk we have total empathy with him.

    We only wish the remaining three books of Pohl's "Heechee" series were available on audio!!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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