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Heechee Rendezvous Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1985


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (March 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345300556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345300553
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Heechee are one of the great creations of science fiction."
Jack Williamson
After millennia had passed, Mankind discovered the Heechee legacy (an alien culture that fled to the reative safety of a black hole)--in particular an asteroid stocked with autonavigating spacecraft. Robinette Broadhead, who had led the expedition that unlocked the many secrets of Heechee technology, is now forced once more to make a perilous voyage into space--where the Heechee are waiting. And this time the future of Man is at stake....
A SCIENCE FICTION BOOK CLUB SELECTION
THE HEECHEE SAGA
Book One:GATEWAY
Book Two:BEYOND THE BLUE EVENT HORIZON
Book Three:HEECHEE RENDEZVOUS
Book Four:THE ANNALS OF THE HEECHEE

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Either way, Fred Pohl has made an awesome story.
Nathan
Many readers thought that each succeeding novel deteriorated somewhat in quality and that the latter few were not worth the try.
Joe Boudreault
My first inclination is to pick up the next book to see what happens.
William Vanderwhelm

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By I. Lamont on April 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I returned to read the gateway trilogy after a 15-year absense (!) and I found this one to be the most disappointing. Gone is the sense of mystery and struggle, in this third book Robinette seems like an annoying Richie Rich character surrounded by exotic Heechee toys and and annoying friends and helpers dredged up the first two books in the series plus a few new ones. Klara even makes a comeback, but it's disjointed, unbelievable and emotionless. Pointless, even; I'd say Robinettes longing and guilt for Klara is best left unresolved. I recommend Gateway (the best) and Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (quite interesting, especially when you figure out what the artifact is and its history), but then stop it there because this book is pretty much a loser.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Victor Navone (capple@adnc.com on October 2, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Heechee Rendezvous" is, for me, the strongest of the the four novels that comprise the Heechee Saga. In this, the third volume, all of Pohl's complex and ingenious concepts and rich characters come together to form a truely satisfying story, as well as set up an intriguing conflict for the final book, "Annals of the Heechee". It is definitely worth your while to read the first two books, if for no other reason than to reach this one; I wouldn't recommend reading them out of order.
"Heechee Rendezvous" is one of my favorite sci-fi books to date.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By William Vanderwhelm on November 1, 2002
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Heechee Rendezvous is a gripping continuation of Pohl's Heechee Saga. Once again, Robinette Broadhead returns as the main character, this time within a world that suffers from strife; from frequent terrorist activities, to mass hunger, the world is detailed as flawed, in light of the advancements made possible by the technology of the Heechee. However, the main thrust of the book lies in the greater revelation of the Heechee. In Gateway, not much is known about this mysterious race, but much is explained in Heechee Rendezvous. Gone are the Herter-Halls of the previous book, replaced by a few new characters. Besides Broadhead and his wife, whose relationship is wonderfully developed, a couple of older characters return. One of these 'characters' is Broadhead's computer generated advisor/confidant/friend, Albert Einstein. Suffice it to say that Pohl does a good job at developing the theme of artificial intelligence, to the point of trying to bring people back from the dead via computers. Each book in the Heechee Saga is a direction continuation of its predecessor, so reading book 4 is a must after this one is finished. Unfortunately, this leads to an unsatisfying ending since the book reads like a cliffhanger. My first inclination is to pick up the next book to see what happens.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nathan on January 11, 2000
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At 17 years old, I haven't read a whole lot of books. Although I read quite a lot, I don't quite have all the experience that these other critics do. But I do know one thing. When I first got a book by Fred Pohl, I couldn't put it down. Now I'm 3 books into this saga, and I can't find the last part. Either way, Fred Pohl has made an awesome story. Too bad nobody knows who this guy is around here, he's my favorite author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Boudreault on September 15, 2011
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I read this book right after reading the novel Timescape by Gregory Benford. It reinforced my opinion that Benford is not nearly the writer as Pohl is by any measurement you want to use. The odd thing is, readers either like Pohl but dislike (or not much like) Benford, or love Benford (hero worship, in fact) and dismiss Pohl. However, it may all be a matter of taste in what is written, or the story style, or the impact of science on the character and how it is handled. By my measurement, that old faithful yardstick of all sci-fi, I deem that Pohl is far superior in all respects. At least I like his novels a lot more. I can easily consider him to be one of the giants in sci-fi, like Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, or Frank Herbert.

This novel is the third in the series, which actually contains about six novels on the Heechee saga. Many readers thought that each succeeding novel deteriorated somewhat in quality and that the latter few were not worth the try. So far, I believe Pohl strikes a high chord in the further development of characters and themes. He is fun to read, a bit witty and very observant on matters of cosmological physics. After Gateway, you just can't help wanting to know the further adventures of protagonist Robin Broadhead and friends. After that is explained in Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (which I thought to be equally as riveting and provocative as the first award-winning novel) you are intrigued enough to want to go on and find out what is discovered about the Heechee culture, and what further developments happen in the lives of characters like Audee Walthers and Dolly and Klara. Pohl delivers the goods. Characterization is strong in his novels, and the science is both explicit and never boring, the way Gregory Benford's is.
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Pohl at his best. The man could really write. He is missed in the sci-fi universe.
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