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Gateway (Heechee Saga)
Gateway (Heechee Saga)
by Frederik Pohl
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Classic, February 20, 2000
Gateway remains one of the most memorable and moving books I have ever read. I would recommend it to other readers without hesitation.
Pohl recently stated that `Gateway' is under development as a motion picture (in an introduction to `The Boy Who Would Live Forever', a Heechee-related short story in the hardcover collection `Far Horizons').
The sequel `Beyond The Blue Event Horizon' is perhaps a better, but certainly different, novel. I'd also recommend Pohl's `Man Plus' and `Jem' and Pohl & Kornbluth's `The Space Merchants'.

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy)
Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy)
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.99
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing End To Memorable Saga, February 15, 2000
Having thouroghly enjoyed Robinson's superb storytelling and characterisation in Red and Green Mars, I was bitterly disappointed to find that Blue Mars is at best a brave but failed experiment. With an almost total absence of plot and character interaction in such a long book, it took me great determination to finish this third and final part of the trilogy. Perhaps Robinson was attempting to convey, in the form of what almost amounts to a 'tone poem' the melancholy decline of his characters while Mars itself finally blooms into a life-filled planet. Praise is due to the author for not simply repeating a formula in any of the books and attempting to develop his characters and future world in a more complex and mature manner, but Blue Mars will stretch any reader's patience and staying power. Perhaps it is best to stop reading the saga at Green Mars triumphant and optimistic conclusion. Even Robinson's previous convincing scientific extrapolations seem both unadventurous (the prospect of possible life on Europa and Titan's promising organic atmospheric are never explored) and insufficient to support such a long novel. A beautifully written book, but with no dramatic content.

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