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Tuf Voyaging (1986)

by George R. R. Martin

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An excellent trip into space by an author who is so well-known for his other works that sadly this one can get overlooked. Take some time to delve into the universe with Haviland Tuf, a simple but smart merchant just trying to get by and do right in the cosmos. ( )
  Meghanista | May 23, 2017 |
Sorry, I don't remember this very well. I know my ex loves it - and I know how his taste meshes a tiny bit but mostly clashes with mine - so, my best guess is that it was a little better than ok, in my opinion. And, offering you the average of our opinions means I'm offering you a suggestion but not a recommendation. Ok, got that? Good, you're a better person than I, then! I do recall that it was not an epic like some of Martin's other books. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Playful and witty. At times repetitive, but a fun jaunt nonetheless. ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
The last two entries were terribly weak and disappointing.
They undid the delight and adventure of the first five tales. ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
In the 1970's and 80's, long before he wrote the Song of Ice and Fire books, George R.R. Martin was writing science fiction. He wrote particularly excellent short fiction, which garnered him a handful of awards, including Hugos for "Sandkings", "The Way of Cross and Dragon", and "A Song for Lya". Tuf Voyaging is a fix-up novel containing stories he wrote during this period that star a man named Haviland Tuf.

In the first story, Tuf is the captain of a trading spaceship he calls the Cornucopia of Excellent Goods at Low Prices. He's not a great trader, but he's earnest. He takes on four people that hire him for transport to a "plague star", which contains a planet that has been ravaged by disease. The cause of the disease is found when Cornucopia of Excellent Goods at Low Prices is damaged after triggered a seedship's defenses - a seedship of the Ecological Engineering Corp from the Federal Empire, a group so old they've faded into myth.

Through a crazy series of events that involve a T. Rex, Haviland Tuf ends up in sole possession of the massive seedship he calls the Ark. He parks the Cornucopia of Excellent Goods at Low Prices in one of the bays and starts using the ship's stunning biological capabilities to make a living as an Ecological Engineer. With his cats, Tuf flies from world to world solving ecological problems.

Things, of course, are not simple.

The major appeal of this book is the character of Haviland Tuf. He's a man of many words, delivered in a dry yet eloquent way that never got old. At times the reader thinks Tuf may not be perceiving what is happening around him. It's always a delight to find out that he understands perfectly.

The book is also thoughtful. Many of the ecological problems that Tuf is called on to solve have a human element to them. On a planet called S'uthlam, for example, Tuf argues that overpopulation is going to prevent any solutions, which spurs a debate about religious beliefs vs. ecology. On another world, treatment of animals is a topic. Martin successfully brings these things up in this book without being preachy.

This book contains these stories:
"The Plague Star" (1985)
"Loaves and Fishes" (1985)
"Guardians" (1981)
"Second Helpings" (1985)
"A Beast for Norn" (1976)
"Call Him Moses" (1978)
"Manna From Heaven" (1985)

I originally posted this review on MySF Reviews:
http://www.my-sf.com/2016/03/11/tuf-voyaging-by-george-r-r-martin-book-review/

And I discussed this book on the A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast:
http://agoodstoryishardtofind.blogspot.com/2016/02/good-story-127-tuf-voyaging.h... ( )
  ScottDDanielson | Apr 9, 2016 |
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Witty and satirical, Tuf Voyaging is an entertaining sidestep from Martin's more serious work.
 

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Aulisio, JanetIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chichoni, OscarCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Komarck, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murphy, KevinCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pagel, StephenEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robert, AlainTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Soler, AlbertoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671656244, Paperback)

From the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of The Song of Ice and Fire series: Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands-hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way... and in every case the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity-and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues... Tuf Voyaging interior illustrations by Janet Aulisio. Included will be her original eight illustrations, along with 28 newly commissioned ones.

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"Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands--hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. Armed with this unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems that human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way...and in every case, the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity--and his reputation as a man of integrity in a universe of rogues."--from cover, p. [4]… (more)

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