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The Sam Gunn Omnibus Hardcover – February 20, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531617X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765316172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "Bova is entirely equal to making the novel's personal and corporate rivalries interesting and even compelling…Well above average as hard sf and space advocacy, so that even many non-space buffs will enjoy it."
--Booklist on The Rock Rats

"Immensely entertaining…A cracking read."
--SFX on The Precipice

"Recalls the work of Heinlein in his Destination Moon mode, or Hal Clement in any number of stories: a day-after-tomorrow tale crafted with near-journalistic purity…It's a difficult, demanding mode to pursue, and not many choose to nowadays. But Bova does it magnificently."
--Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on Jupiter
 
"With Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein gone, Bova, author of more than 70 books, is one of the last deans of traditional science fiction. And he hasn't lost his touch. Venus scorches."
--Kansas City Star on Venus
 
"I believe that by far the science fiction author who will have the greatest effect on the science fiction world, and the world as a whole, is Ben Bova."
--Ray Bradbury

About the Author

A six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America, Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Sam Gunn Omnibus (2007) is an omnibus edition of ALL the Sam Gunn stories. It includes stories from Sam Gunn, Unlimited and Sam Gunn Forever. It also contains a very interesting -- and rather old fashioned -- framing story tying the others together.

The following short stories concern Sam Gunn himself. Many were previously published and then incorporated into the Sam Gunn collections:

"The Supervisor's Tale" (F&SF, 1983) tells of a stranded group of NASA astronauts on the Moon who have to wait for a rescue mission. The physicians suggest using tranquilizers, but Sam finds an alternative.

"The Long Fall" relates the story of a sadistic space station commander and a video company technician. When Gloria Lamour iss rumored to be coming to Freedom station, everybody aboard gets excited.

"Diamond Sam" (F&SF, 1984) uncovers the relationship between Sam and the Russian space station crew. Once Sam gets his foot in the door -- or airlock -- the Russians are beguiled by his words.

"Tourist Sam" (Analog, 1998) depicts an early enterprise created by Sam to encourage rich tourists to experience space. Suspicious of his requested leave of absence, Sam's boss turns loose his niece -- a DEA agent -- to check out his operation.

"Isolation Area" (F&SF, 1988) recounts the time that Sam is kept in quarantine within the Mac Dac Shack with a patient undergoing an experimental treatment for AIDS. Sam definitely impresses Malone with his total lack of fear of the disease and his efforts to seduce the nurses.
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Format: Hardcover
Large Collection of Short Stories revolving around the exploits of a strange/short semi-likable character Sam Gunn, who manages to get involved in all of the events surrounding the initial exploration of the Solar System.

These are generally fun short stories, although there are a few duds in the mix. One of the duds occurs rather early in the series (the fake "Space Ride" Adventure), it is quite unbelievable; and, while it plays a pivotal role in the sequence of stories, the fact that it is unbelievable detracts from the whole collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Rector on April 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Described by author Ben Bova as "a combination of Huckleberry Finn and Long John Silver with a bit of Chuck Yeager thrown in," Sam Gunn is one of the most important literary heroes of the Space Age. For the first time ever, all of the Sam Gunn stories, about 50 in total, are together between the covers of one book, The Sam Gunn Omnibus.

The tales of the legendary Sam Gunn are told by a journalist named Jane. As reporter Jane learns more about Gunn, she keeps her readers informed about his exploits ranging from suing the Pope to building a giant statue of himself to be placed on the Moon. Truly, Sam Gunn was a legend of his futuristic time.

Sam Gunn is a capatalistic hero who comes across as a sort of private free enterprise version of James Bond except that Gunn basically worked for himself. Gunn goes from failed NASA astronaut to becoming a futuristic space jockey who becomes the most controversial figure of his time.

Sam Gunn is author Ben Bova's greatest creation. If you have never tried one of Bova's books before, then The Sam Gunn Omnibus is a great work to try.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By It's All George Bush's Fault © on March 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This 700 page collection contains many stories about the fabled Sam Gunn. They are set as interviews taken by a person doing a story on him, so each story (interview) is preceded by a segue from the last interview to the next person. It appears that they were originally done individually in separate publications and at different times, so the repetitiveness of them may not have been apparent at first, but if you get tired of hearing the same references to "copper wire hair," "jack-o-lantern smile," or a description of face freckle patterns, maybe you should pass on this one.
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By Abe D. on July 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Good collection of stories from Ben Bova!
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Format: Paperback
Got a hankering for that old-time science fiction? You know, where men are men and they chase skirts (usually inhabited by blonde bombshells) after performing death-defying feats of derring-do? Oh, and though they bend the rules sometimes, they always wind up doing good in the end, and the only people who don't like them are bloated bureaucrats or pasty-faced lawyers who wouldn't know their asteroid from a hot rock? And though the women are tough and smart, their goal in life is to get that MRS degree, even if they're high-powered lawmakers with brains aplenty?

If so, run right out and buy "The Sam Gunn Omnibus" (Tor, $19.95, 704 pages) by Ben Bova. The 77-year-old can't really be expected to be name-checking L'il Wayne, though actually the stories aren't quite as 1950s as I made them sound. In fact, Sam Gunn is a pretty likable hero - not handsome, not big, not really strong, but very smart and very tough. The Omnibus is a collection of a bunch of short stories about Sam Gunn, strung together through a reasonable narrative device.

There's nothing really serious going on here, as Gunn works his way from astronaut to interplanetary entrepreneur, but Bova enjoys his hero, and as a result, so do we. No, it's not the bloody, dark and gloomy world of most modern antiheroes, and it's definitely not 21st century cool, but "The Sam Gunn Omnibus" is pleasant, positive and fun - and there's a lot to be said for those three attributes, even if they are a bit passé.
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