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Beyond the blue event horizon (edition 1980)

by Frederik Pohl

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Title:Beyond the blue event horizon
Authors:Frederik Pohl
Info:Ballantine Books (1980), Edition: 1st ed, Unknown Binding
Collections:Your library, Read
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Advent SF, Adventure, Science Fiction, Heechee, Own, Nebula Award Nominee, Award Nominee, Fiction, Male Author, Read

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Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl

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    Gateway by Frederik Pohl (sturlington)
    sturlington: Beyond the Blue Event Horizon is the sequel to Gateway.
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Loved it, but then, I love all Pohl's work. ( )
  vanredrave | Dec 8, 2013 |
A family of space explorers discover an ancient alien artifact -- a space station that can make food out of comets -- which leads them to another space station where those aliens might still be living.

I'm not sure which novel in this series I liked better, Gateway or its sequel, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon. Gateway was a stranger, more philosophical and probably more innovative novel. This novel had a more plot-driven and straightforward story that wasn't quite as murky as the first in the series. It could easily stand alone, as the key plot points of Gateway are re-introduced. However, it does truly end on a cliffhanger, and a baffling one, at that. This series about ancient aliens and deep space travel is still holding my interest, so I expect I'll plow ahead and read the third book.

Read as part of a series (2013). ( )
  sturlington | Feb 4, 2013 |
pretty standard action story - competently enough written. ( )
  teafancier | Sep 27, 2012 |
...I guess you could say Pohl took a bit more conventional approach in writing Beyond the Blue Events Horizon. It makes the book less groundbreaking than Gateway was and probably is part of the reason why it didn't win any of the awards it was nominated for. The scope of it is obviously much wider too, and the many switches in point of view makes it appear a bit less structured than its predecessor. If you view the story as the unveiling of (part of) a mystery, it makes more than enough sense to me. In the end I guess I agree with many of the critics that it is not quite as good a novel as Gateway was. I also think it would have been nice if it had been a little more self contained; if it were fantasy I'd say this book suffered from the middle book syndrome a bit. That being said, it is a good science fiction novel in the classic sense. Plenty of hard science, scientific speculation and a much larger scope than the first book in this series offer their own attractions. I guess it depend on what you want out of a novel but I thought it was an enjoyable read.

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  Valashain | Jul 11, 2012 |
I liked this science fiction book about discovery and relationships. I noticed that although there were spaceships and colonization of other worlds, the communication problems resembled pre-telegraph days. ( )
  krin5292 | Apr 13, 2012 |
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Barlowe, WayneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sweet, Darrell K.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In Book Two of the Heechee Saga, Robinette Broadhead is on his way to making a fortune by bankrolling an expedition to the Food Factory--a Heechee spaceship that can graze the cometary cloud and transfor the basic elements of the universe into untold quantities of food. But even as he gambles on the breakthrough technology, he is wracked with the guilt of losing his wife, poised forever at the "event horizon" of a black hole where Robin had abaondoned her. As more and more information comes back from the expedition, Robin grows ever hopeful that he can rescue his beloved Gelle-Klara Moynlin. After three and a years, the factory is discovered to work, and a human is found aboard. Robin's suffering may be just about over....
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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