Tuf Voyaging by George R. R. Martin
Genres: Science Fiction, Short Stories
My Ratings: 4/5 (if you like cats) 3/5 (for all the other heathens out there)
Post book thoughts: ‘OMG I need to read more Martin that is not GoT related.
Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few) and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth’s Ecological Engineering Corps?
We’ll leave that aside for now – just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures.
With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds. Host of hostile monsters, a population addicted to procreation, a dictator who is willing to unleash plagues to get his own way – and all that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf’s ingenuity, and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues…
From the heartless creator of GoT comes a collection of short stories that work quite well compiled together as one book.
This is a funny, satisfying, hilarious tale of a guy with a big head. No He did not write this about Mega Mind, We’re looking at our main character Haviland Tuf (he loves cats too you guys!)
So what’s special about this book?
- It has cats
- It happens in space with other planets and cool space ships and other species of beings on other planets
- Caricature writing about Governments and societies and manipulation of media
- Fun adventures
- The most powerful seedship in space containing the cellular material for thousands of creatures in the hands of an honest space trader.
I will always be grateful that I got bed ridden for a month thus causing my sister to buy me this book so that I don’t die of boredom BECAUSE THIS WAS SO FUN!
So the basic summary is that this is a story about a Strange (man? alien? dude? dude.) dude who loves cats (Yes I am extremely excited by how much he loved cats) and who’s a trader of sorts.
A GALACTIC TRADER! And he gets his hands on basically the most powerful seedship in the galaxy that is scientifically advanced and he travels around calling himself an ‘ecological engineer’ and trusting his own judgement over everyone else’s to help people out. It’s a fun tale that paints pictures of different planets with their own cultures and rituals, and a story about a dude who may or may not be as nice as we think he is. His judgements can be questionable on intent, does he do it for whoever pays the best price? Is he actually in the thought stream that his decisions are the correct ones? Is he purely entertaining himself?
Oh well I guess you have to read to find out, and an added bonus is that this dude is sarcastic and smart and that brings about for the most entertaining dialog that will have you laughing out loud.
And to end this with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Monsters are entirely mythological, sir, like spirits, werebeasts, and competent bureaucrats.”