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Annals of the Heechee (Heechee Saga, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – April 12, 1988


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Product Details

  • Series: Heechee Sage, Book 4
  • Mass Market Paperback: 341 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Reissue edition (April 12, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345325664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345325662
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This fourth and possibly concluding volume in Pohl's popular Heechee Saga takes place 100 years after the first, Gateway, when the discovery of abandoned alien spaceships opened the galaxy to human exploration. Now allies, human and Heechee, are guarding against the Foe, a race of energy beings that has already wiped out several civilizations. Millionaire Robin Brodhead, who has survived his physical death to become a computer-stored intelligence, tracks suspicious Foe-directed transmissions back to a Pacific island and the refugee children who have unwittingly carried the Foe to Earth. Robin's first contact with these beings becomes vital to human and Heechee existence. Although Pohl relies rather heavily on cute aliens and wise-guy computer programs, his restless, loquacious narrator Robin whips the reader from planet to planet and from past to future, rapidly solving problems and just as rapidly shoveling up new ones in the best Pohl fashion.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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....
THE HEECHEE SAGE
Book One: GATEWAY
Book Two: BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZON
Book Three: HEECHEE RENDEZVOUS
Book Four: THE ANNALS OF THE HEECHEE
The Gateway Trip: TALES AND VIGNETTES OF THE HEECHEE

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This novel, on the other hand, was a bit tedious at times.
Eric Aderhold
I loved this series as a teenager, bought all of the books now as an adult and still enjoyed them.
J. R. O. Neal
Its a shame, because the premise is decent and the writing is still crisp.
Dave Millman

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JK on June 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book was one of the best sci fi novels I've ever read, the next two were also very enjoyable, but I have to say, this one almost reads either like someone else wrote it using Pohl's notes, or Pohl himself wrote it but only under extreme duress. Characters I had grown to love were reduced in this story to one-dimensional thumbnails. Earlier in the series, I had truly felt Robin's pain, his guilt, and later, I felt a certain satisfaction in watching him struggle through the whole thing and grow as a character, achieving success, and maybe more importantly peace of mind. In this story he was completely annoying and so was his wife. Gaahh! What a shame this was the closer! If you enjoyed the first three books in the story, do what I wish I had done - walk away from this one and forget you ever saw it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Victor Navone (capple@adnc.com on October 2, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While the first three volumes of the Heechee Sage proved highly engrossing and ingenious, "Annals of the Heechee" fails to live up to its predecessors. All of Pohl's well-devised characters seem reduced here to annoying stereotypes of themselves, repeating their idiosyncracies ad nauseum, rather than growing and changing. Too much of the book is devoted to reciting incidents of the previous books and impromptu science lectures by Albert Einstein. The movement of the plot is slow, and what few conflicts arise are quickly defused.
The book's conclusion is interesting enough (as well as abrupt, in the Pohl tradition), and while it is satisfying to finally find resolution to (most of) the great mysteries of the saga, it is not on par with what one would expect from such a promissing story to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Aderhold VINE VOICE on August 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were some great science fiction. The third one wasn't bad either. This novel, on the other hand, was a bit tedious at times. In one part, Albert spent several pages explaining the Big Bang theory. In another part, the main characters were just killing time on a trip across the galaxy, and nothing of consequence really happened. These are just two examples. "The Annals of the Heechee" does neatly tie up many of the loose ends from the previous novels in the series, but the story doesn't really stand very well on its own.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OhhWell on May 25, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you have invested the time to read the first 3 Heechee books you might as well read this one but be prepared to skip pages whenever Robin starts talking to Albert or Essie.

The way this book read to me was as if someone was required to write a book report on the 1st 3 Heechee series books and decided to be witty and blend their rehashing of the 3 books together with a light cover story. At least 80% of this book is just retelling the events of the first 3 books! Pohl even retells one concept twice in this book as if he forgot he already went into the concept earlier (At depth too).

The big 3 characters are very flat this time around. Essie is the worst. She has been reduced to a character of a Russian dropping every pronoun from her duologue. I have heard plenty of Russians who have learned the English language and they don't go around saying "Is rainy day no?" or "Is being gloopy to be thinking about things cannot do". (Those are not quotes from the book but you get the idea)And these are humans, not a machine stored intelligence that is supposed to have insane resources for learning and tons of time. In the 2nd and third books, I remember her dipping into the comic book Russian accent when stressed which was great. Now, she is a joke.

Over the Series, Robin grew from a troubled coward to a successful businessman hero. Now he is a buffoon who talks to Albert through over half the book and doesn't get anything he's told when he should. The interactions in these sessions are painful and repetitious. Robin is also back to being pretty lame now like in Gateway but not in an interesting way as in the Gateway novel.

Then there is Albert. Albert was progressing through the 2nd and third books toward self awareness and a "soul" for lack of better word.
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