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Tuf Voyaging

Da George RR Martin
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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

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Carmita Uihlein

Tolly Mune is the best character. The concept of a seedship is the best excuse for the stories.

If, like me, you're most interested in the Ecological Engineering theme, the best story is Guardians. The other intelligent and intense story is the last, Manna from Heaven. If, like me, you're not crazy about Tuf's personal style, esp. his sarcasm, the rest can be skimmed. Especially the first two.

Not particularly recommended, but fun enough if you like older SF shorts and for some reason can't get enough from all the collections that are being allowed to go out of print because their authors aren't as famous....
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Hiro Fridal

As I think anyone who knows me at all is aware, I rather enjoy Martin's writing style. The old stuff and the new stuff alike. And boy some of these stories were old: the first ones were from the 70's and even the newest ones from '85, if I don't remember wrong. I think they have been reworked a bit to work as a novel of sorts, but it still shows they were originally short stories with the same main character. There are signs of continuity and three of the stories are very clearly related with several recurring characters, but the other stories in-between tend to be more short-story-like.

Not that that was really an issue in itself, just slightly surprising since I did not know it when I started reading this. I just felt like reading something fun and relatively light. Well, turns out this was not necessarily it. Don't get me wrong: this is definitely not super serious nor difficult to digest. Just that the back blurb made me expect it to be some nice fun stuff, but there was a lot of death and disease and human folly. Well, suitable for the times, I guess...

So why 3 stars? I don't even really know. I liked this and read it quite fast, but somehow I feel like it had nothing worth 4 stars in it. There was nothing wrong, but there was nothing special about it, either. I enjoyed it, but I doubt I'll remember it next year at this time any longer. So, a good but easily forgotten book, at least in my books (see what I did there?! [I wonder how many times I've made that same joke already here...]).
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Chen Urizar

A quick and easy read, though not very engaging. Other than the cats, there is only one likable character in the stories - and that one not the protagonist. Not having a real high opinion of our species, I don't find that unrealistic- but I look to fiction for a little escape. The stories have an early sci-fi "space opera" sort of feel but with an ecological rather than technological focus.

While this offering does not motivate me to explore works other than GoT by GRRM, it is at least readable. Having explored another Kindle offering that I tossed after two pages because the writing was so dreadful - and it with 4 & 1/2 stars on GR! - I have developed a great appreciation for that minimal standard.
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Emsmus Gebbia

Through a succession of peculiar circumstances, cat-loving space trader Haviland Tuf finds himself in possession of the universe's last functional seedship, which brings with it the potential for things both catastrophic and miraculous - many of which Tuf eventually finds occasion to employ during his voyages that take him and his feline companions all across the known universe.

One of George R.R. Martin's earlier works, this novel essentially consists of seven stories that could stand alone, but work best read together. An immensely entertaining read, though I must admit that I enjoyed the first half somewhat more than the second.
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Thora Patnode

I found this science fiction novel on a list of SF with cats. It contains stories about a space trader, with a spaceship full of genetic engineering equipment, who goes to planets to solve their ecological problems. His cats are integral to each imaginative tale. Fun for cat lovers, fun for science fiction fans.
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Corette Kribbs

This book is action-packed, adventurous, and gripping! Love the deadpan humour. Wildly imaginative. It illustrates humanity beautifully, both divided and united.
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Jolda Shartrand

The Plague Star - 3 stars
Loaves and Fishes - 4 stars
Guardians - 4 stars
Second Helpings - 5 stars
A Beats for Norn - 4 stars
Call Him Moses - 3 stars
Manna from Heaven - 4 stars
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Rankin Cuezze

This is a very odd George RR Martin book that I picked up randomly. It's almost serialized into 5 parts, but holds together nicely as a book. It's about a very odd trader who basically gets possession of the most powerful ship in the galaxy, and how he uses it to help people. Or...hinder them. And underneath the stories there are VERY powerful environmental and animal rights messages, it's kind of amazing and dark and has an amazing sense of humor. Definitely a really fun ride, I have to check if he wrote any more with the character, because I can see a ton more happening when you're in charge of basically a God-Vessel!
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Dodwell Lenig

So I tried to like this. After all, I dig SF and I'm a huge George R. R. Martin fanboy.

Which makes it kind of a shame that it REALLY didn't work for me.

The book is a collection of the Haviland Tuf short-stories. Tuf is a former space-trader who, after agreeing to ferry a motley and untrustworthy crew to the archeological discovery of a lifetime, finds himself in control of the most powerful ship in the universe - the last seedship of the long-lost Ecological Engineer Corps.

E lì sta il problema.

The point of Tuf is that he's supposed to not be the standard space-opera hero. He's a chalk-white, bald, fat giant instead of a swashbuckling ship's captain. He has no crew of merry misfits; instead, he prefers the exclusive company of his beloved cats. He's polite and eloquent nearly to the point of parody instead of being a merry quipster or deadpan snarker. He abhorres violence (and physical contact in general), is scrupulously honest, coming on top through his intellect and the power of his seedship.

He's also unlikable. Not in the sense that he's an anti-hero or a despicable character but in the sense that there's no real reason to like him other than the fact that he's the protagonist. HIs personality is flat and one-note, he's borderline emotionless, he's perpetually arrogant and aloof and has very little to recommend to him other than being the living definition of "lawful neutral". You never feel for him; the closest you come is when tragedy strikes in the first story... but even then, it's done so matter-of-factly that it's hard to believe he gives a shit at all. We know he does because the story tells us... but it sure as hell doesn't show us.

It also doesn't help that his ship is an almost literal Deus-Ex-Machina. The seedship may as well be called The Plot Device because there is never a moment when he can't pull a rabbit out of his ass as needed. Whatever he needs - gene-spliced plants to feed an overpopulated planet, exotic monsters for a fighting arena, even a telepathic cat - he gets without any fuss. There's never any conflict or sense of real threat; every time a problem arises, he just pulls yet another miracle out of the seedship.

Tuf goes from being a humble trader to being a god, with next to no transition in between, and the stories suffer for that lack in the middle.
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Lauri Aravind

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The-George-R-R-Martin-that-also-wrote-stuff-other-than-the-famigerated-GoT: “Tuf Voyaging” by George R. R. Martin



“I will sit here in the coolness and talk my thoughts to this crystal and I will drink my wine and watch the flyers, the few who still live, as they dance and soar against the night. Far off, they look so like shadowgulls above my living sea. I will drink my wine and remember how that sea sounded when I was but a Budakhar boy who dreamed of stars, and when the wine is gone I will use the flamer.
(Long silence)
I can think of no more words to say. Janeel knew many words and many names, but I buried her this morning.
(Long silence)
If my voice is ever found . . .
(Short pause)
If this is found after the plague star has waned, as the night-hunters say it will, do not be deceived. This is no fair world, no world for life. Here is death, and plagues beyond numbering. The plague star will shine again.
(Long silence)
My wine is gone.
(End of recording)”

In “Tuf Voyaging” by George R. R. Martin


I sometimes need to learn to relax a bit and don't think of reading as always something that always has to be deep and meaningful. I try to think of genres in the same way one may think of food. One day I might go to the trouble or expense of a Chateaubriand, and the next day I really, really fancy cheese on toast.

NB: Peter Tillman brought this book to my attention. I'm glad he did.
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Kolosick Barriger

It took me a long time to get ahold of this book (I finally received it as a present!) Don't wait as long as I did to read it - this is a great book. It's certainly very different from the epic fantasy that Martin has become best known for, but fans of Martin are aware of his breadth of styles.
The book collects stories about Haviland Tuf, Ecological Engineer (and cat lover), that were originally published separately, but they come together as a coherent novel.
The first section is a classic "subtraction" story. Tuf, a minor space trader, owner of the ship 'Cornucopia Of Excellent Goods At Low Prices', is hired by a diverse group of disreputable types who suspect they know where to find untold booty - an intact 'seedship' of a defunct Empire, more powerful than anything now known to the galaxy. Unfortunately, disreputable characters tend to behave disreputably, and soon infighting and plots occur. Due to a combination of ingenuity and luck, Tuf ends up the sole owner of the ship, and sets himself up as an Ecological Engineer, available for hire to fix any sort of planetary problem.
Although he has a variety of comissions and adventures, he keeps getting called back to the planet of S'uthlam, a place (over)populated by a 'nice' but religious people who believe it is their manifest destiny to breed as much as possible. In the past, this has caused major problems with their planetary neighbors, who don't care to be overrun by S'uthlam. Now they are confined to their own planet - but they are running out of food and resources.
Tuf helps with improved agricultural strains and methods - but this just enables the S'uthlam to breed more rapidly. The hard-headed, tough Portmaster, Tully Mune, who knows her people have an even more serious problem than they realize, has to keep calling Tuf back... and drastic problems may call for drastic measures.
This book is clever, funny, entertaining - and also deals deftly with some of the most serious problems that we here on earth have, much like the S'uthlam, refused to engage. More than anything else I've read lately, I keep finding myself talking about this book to other people.
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Hendren Breard

Prima lettura: 2002

Maybe I am biased, loving Martin's work as much as I do, but Tuf Voyaging is a real treat. It's about a sarcastic lover-of-cats who comes into possession of an old Earth Imperial seedship of the Ecological Engineering Corps, and turns himself into an "ecological engineer." The dialogue in this book is priceless--Haviland Tuf takes everything very literally, and responds with gravity and sarcasm that makes me laugh out loud. Tuf is a great character and the stories here are so engaging. I've read quite a lot of Martin's work, but other than his ASOIAF universe (including the Hedge Knight series, which is a must read for anyone who is a fan of ASOIAF), and the short story Sandkings, not too much has made a great impression. But Tuf Voyaging.. I remember the first time I read it and passed it along to my college boyfriend and how much he loved it. He bought his own copy, and then started buying copies for other people and harassing them to read it. It's that kind of book.
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Risley Soja

Tuf Voyaging is George Martin's excellent earlier sci-fi book. It's basically a collection of short stories, all focused on a space traveller named Tuf. He is a vegetarian, he lives with several cats, and he has a giant bio-engineering spaceship that can clone any kind of life form and grow it in a matter of hours. So he travels the galaxy, trying to help worlds with their socioecological problems. It's a fun read, if maybe a bit repetitive, and as with any collection of short stories, their quality is varying. I particularly liked the S'uthlam trilogy (Loaves and Fishes/Second Helpings/Manna from Heaven) about an overpopulated planet facing war and global hunger. It's an interesting look at a world which embraces reproduction against all common sense, and I especially liked Tuf's final solution to their problem. Other stories range from 'good' to 'meh', but overall, it's a strong book, and a lot of fun if you're a fan of space-travelling adventures.
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Goggin Rhees

More a novel in an unusual format than it is a short story collection, as it's touted, centering around the bizarre and enigmatic Haviland Tuf. I love the sense of humor, which remains evenly subtle, and the change in Tuf works very well, from big-hearted do-gooder to the Lord God Himself (as he himself declares in the second to last story, one of my favorites in the book), Tuf shows that there is no such thing as the incorruptible man (and the dangers of holding not only such dangerous and advanced technology, but separation from humanity, first bodily, and then in attitude and spirit.) The stories are uneven, and while I was happy to see Tolly Mune reappear a couple of times, I preferred the individual tales; I felt more as if the ones that advanced the overall arc were too talky about the ideas of the story, too expository. In the very last story, which almost got the book knocked down a star for the unsatisfying and abrupt ending, they discuss Tuf's believed godhood instead of that leaden feeling one got reading the story directly previous when he declares simply, "I am the Lord God."

But, the end. I think it could have used an epilogue, as it was given a prologue to tie some things together. Some might find the quick ending edgy or brilliant; I only found it jarring.
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Roth Demosthenes

☆ 4.75 / 5 ☆

▪Plot 5/5
▪Details 4.5/5
▪Characters 5/5
▪World building 5/5
▪Logic 4.75/5
▪Writing style 5/5
▪Enjoyment 5/5

My very first real sci-fi. I am so glad I have picked it up. The world building is f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c, all the characters are insanely interesting.

Gosh, I recommend it to everyone!

Spoiler: You are going to enjoy it
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Marchelle Lichte

Finished Tuf Voyaging by GRRM.

I quite liked these stories, although I'm not really sure if I should. If you think about it, Tuf is not a nice person, and his actions create problems more often than they solve them. He's an extremely arrogant, patronising and sarcastic person, who doesn't really care about any living creature in the universe, unless it's a cat. or pays him nicely. The moral to all of the stories is that these people wouldn't have their problems if they'd been more intelligent and sensible in the first place. It looks like a morality tale about the stupidity of mankind.

(Spoiler: the people of S'uthlam would be much better off if they stopped reproducing uncontrolledly, the people of Lyronica are just greedy, the people of Namor behave in the usual human colonialist way and just eat the locals without ever wondering if they might be sentient...etc)

Nevertheless, the stories are fun to read. The universe is pretty complex, with loads of different planets with their own cultures, about which it would be interesting to find out more. It's set in the same world as Dying of the Light. Also, Tuf's arrogance and sarcasm are just fun to read. He's like a snarky evil overlord who can be persuaded, for a nice fee, to do what you want. The consequences are yours to bear though, and usually not nice. At least, he's nice to his cats, who count as secondary characters in many stories.

All in all, a good read for a GRRM fan :)

8 / 10
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Loree Veillon

If you haven't tried "Tuf Voyaging," you really should. 1986, fixup of earlier stories. Haviland Tuf is an "honest space-trader who likes cats." And quite a character, and quite a setup. I've read it twice, both times with pleasure. Hasn't dated a bit. 4+ stars. And here's a full-size scan of the gloriously lurid Baen cover: http://www.isfdb.org/wiki/images/d/dd... Cats in Spaaace! Art by David Willson.

The reliable Althea Ann has an excellent review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

This was published long before GRRM became a celebrity. He was just another toiler in SF/F's midlists then....
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Han Kallo

I'd never heard of this book/series of short stories Martin wrote back in the early 80s.

There's a reason for that.

The first story, in which Tuf and a band of mercenaries find and squabble over an enormous, incredibly powerful derelict starship, is quite frankly terrible. Really, truly awful. If I hadn't been trapped on a train, I never would have bothered finishing it. The plot is fairly predictable, even when it thinks it's being clever. Every single character is a cardboard cut-out, and if he was trying to make you celebrate their deaths, he succeeds. I'd wished his protagonist had joined them. There's the venal, foolish, glutton. There's the proud, foolish retired soldier who thinks he still has it. There's the mustache-twirling mercenary, and the backstabby mercenary, and the cyborg who...is a cyborg? No point in wasting characterization on a cyborg. And there's Tuf, who speaks with the flowery self-deprecation you'd expect of a bad stereotype of an Arabic merchant. The dialogue is execrable. The action was mediocre, but literally every time a character opened his or her mouth, I wanted the character to die. Fortunately, most of them do.

From there, we have a series of episodes in which Tuf rolls into orbit, the natives have a problem, and he solves the problem in a way such that the natives get what they deserve but not what they want. These are better than the first story, at least. But they're very much in an older mode of science fiction in which the protagonist calmly and reasonably mansplains to the hysterical people why they are stupid and wrong. The hysterical people learn a Very Important Lesson and are upset about it because they're not as calm and logical as the protagonist, who does not have a character arc, is never wrong, and does not need to learn anything other than Other People Are Hysterical. It should be noted that said protagonist is white and male and very tall, vegetarian, atheist, cultured, and likes cats. Nearly all of the other people are female, non-white, and/or religious. Some of the plots are vaguely clever, but usually in a fairly predictable way. They're competent enough, but just...eh.

Basically, if you loved Game of Thrones and want more...don't bother with this book. Actually, just don't bother with this book.
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Kippy Kanosh

One of George R.R. Martin's best books! I originally found this book in a used-book store while in college and it has become an old friend. I don't read it as often as LOTR but when I do it is always a pleasure.

Haviland Tuf is a wandering trader of the spacelanes in the tradition of Star Trek's Cryano Jones. Like Jones, he isn't very good at his job --- he barely gets by. That is until he gets chartered to ferry some not-so-nice passengers in search of a dark and long-forgotten legend. What they find not only ends the lives that they once had --- in most cases, quite literally --- but launches Tuf on a new career.

I will say no more but let you discover it all to your own great pleasure.

Martin is at his very best in this book. His characters are thoroughly dimensional and thoroughly human. I my many readings I don't think I ever discovered a false note in any of his portrayals.
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Lampert Hinish

This book has a real identity problem, and I struggled with it throughout. Charming as Tuf can be, I don’t like him, and I disagree with him on a number of issues, not least of which his thoughts on cats.

This was a book, and I read it. It wasn’t bad but I don’t really think I liked it either? And yet I can’t give it less than 4 stars. Make of that what you will.
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Aime Ropes

Although I liked a lot of Martin's other work (Song of Ice & Fire, many of the short stories from Dreamsongs, some of the Wild Cards series), I couldn't bring myself to like this one. There were three reasons (mild structural spoilers ahead):

1)Repetition. Other than the first chapter/story, all others had an identical pattern: Tuf encounters a planet with a great ecological problem (of quite a simple kind though), Tuf resolves to solve the problem as if on a whim, the planet causes difficulties, Tuf outwits/humiliates them and solves the problem in his own way.

2)Lack of character. Can't think of any character now that had more than two characteristics. None of their fates caused any emotion in me. Well, maybe Tuf, in a negative way - in the end I couldn't stand his supposedly cool rationality-as-an-infinitely-morally-better-substitute-for-passion-and-vitality.

3)Superficial ethical reasoning. If the story's driving premise was Tuf's incentive to do Good, then this his Good was twisted in more than one was, illustrating the worst aspects of utilitarianism: in order to save lives, lives are created and sacrificed; the book deems it great, for one man, relying on technical superiority, to decide fates of whole planets (talk about authoritarianism); Tuf calls himself a humanitarian but flies around the universe all alone with his cats, not showing the smallest affection for the people he "saves", though taking super good care of his own image as a God.

The good sides: the book reads quickly (you can skim whole passages due to repetitivness), the first chapter could be kind of fun if you're just looking for some space-action, The Ark (Tuf's ship) could inspire some better ideas.
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Gawlas Wittke

For any George R. R. Martin fan, you should already know what to expect. He is one of those authors whose writing style is recognisable no matter what genre of book he is writing. His particular style makes the books easy to read, keeping you interested from start to end, constantly curious as to what happens next. Whilst this book does not follow the path of his most famous series (A Song of Ice and Fire) it is a great book for any of his fans or anyone who simply loves a good sci-fi book.

The book follows the life of Tuf across a number of years from when he comes into possession of the last working seedship. Tuf is an extremely loveable character with a placid nature that is really refreshing to see in books. Moreover, his love of cats is rather amusing as it constantly seems to get him into some kind of trouble, something you expect to grow bored of throughout the book but never seem to.

Throughout there are a number of great laughs and great characters. Each section of the book tells another story in the years in which Tuf is travelling space and helping out those who need it. Each planet is dealing with different problems, offering us a wide view of what Tuf gets up to. One thing I will say is that the population addicted to procreation wasn’t as funny as I had imagined (it wasn’t really what I imagined at all) but their reoccurring troubles certainly keeps you entertained throughout.

As I said, it’s a great book which any Martin or sci-fi fan should read!
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Winifred Hincks

...Ecology is still a subject a lot of science fiction steers clear of. Martin gives it a try in this collection but on the whole it is closer to a satirical work than a scientifically accurate one. That being said, I did enjoy reading this collection again. The humour is part of it, but I also simply enjoyed the writing. Despite writing them out of chronological order, Martin manages to get a development in the character from a humble and eccentric trader in The Plague Star to a near megomaniac Manna from the Heavens. I've seen many review stating there is no character development in Tuf. I respectfully disagree with that. It is more subtle than in some of his stories, but it is most certainly there. One other thing I appreciate about Tuf Voyaging is that it underlines that Martin is just as comfortably writhing short stories as he is writing huge fantasy novels. Martin is a versatile writer, capable of writing more then fantasy novels alone. As much as I like Una canzone di ghiaccio e di fuoco, I still think Martin's best work is in his short fiction and Tuf is one example of that. Don't approach it as a novel and don't expect epic fantasy and you might just end up liking what Martin has done here.

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Ultun Cushwa

Tuf Voyaging was one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. While this is a collection of short stories all containing Haviland Tuf, the stories flowed and built off each other making it feel like a psuedo novel. Perhaps the best thing about this collection was that every single story was fascinating and had a satisfying end and even more than that was the character of Tuf himself. It was rare to read a single bit of dialogue and not smile the entire time. Tuf manages to use a strict balance of morality and superior intellect to talk his way out of anything. While I was hesitant to read anything else from Martin (due to how fantastic his Song of Ice and Fire series is), Tuf Voyaging did not disappoint. It is a solid piece of science fiction and also one of the funniest and most entertaining books I've read in a very long time. Haviland Tuf is one of my all time favorite literary characters.
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Rosemary Kruizenga

I picked this up by chance a few years back and finally got around to reading this and am glad that I did.

The book is made up of several short stories centred around cat-loving Haviland Tuf and his adventures on board an ecological engineering vessel.

The stories in question address and challenge a variety of issues, whether they be political, religious or social issues, in a fresh and interesting way, fronted by one of the most fascinating characters i’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about.
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Eldora Hsu

Tuf Voyaging is a collection of entertaining science fiction stories. It's not a major work for George R.R. Martin, but will likely amuse the sf reader, and maybe some Game of Thrones addicts.

The book takes place in the far future, when humanity has spread across many star systems. The narraive concerns the adventures of a space trader turned entrepreneurial ecological engineer as he visits planets to solve their largest problems. The protagonist obtains a vast and powerful starship in the first story ("The Plague Star"), and that vessel powers each story from then on.

Tuf Voyaging is clearly a fix-up novel of short stories, mostly published in the 1980s. Each chapter can stand alone as a tale, more or less. This gives the book an episodic, almost picaresque feel.

The central character, Haviland Tuf, provides much of the book's entertainment. Tuf owes a great deal to Rex Stout's great detective Nero Wolfe. Our protagonist is pompous, brilliant, disinclined to physical activity, formal, and often reliant on the labor of others. Instead of orchids Tuf has cats to obsess over.

Tuf's speech is archly funny, especially since most other characters serve as straight men. A sample:"Perhaps I am more aesthetically pleasing when mouthing reassuring falsehoods through a filter of facial hair in melodramatic vidshows reeking of false optimism and post-coital complacency." (251)
His lack of affect is a powerful negotiating tool, making him a perfect poker player. It's also funny at times:
The tyrannosaur roared.
It was, thought Haviland Tuf, a thoroughly frightening sound. He pressed his lips firmly together in annoyance... (70)


Tuf's also a vegetarian, which becomes a major theme in one explicitly anti-meat-eating story ("Guardians"). I don't recall this theme from Martin's other work.

In effetti, Tuf Voyaging presents an unusual politics. Besides the vegetarianism (not vegan; Tuf eats too much butter) there is also a fierce opposition to animal cruelty ("A Beast for Norn"). Taken together, we could imagine a kind of left/liberal/green/ecofeminist politics. But Tuf is also militantly in favor of birth control ("Loaves and Fishes", "Second Helping", "Manna from Heaven"), while being utterly asexual himself. Eros and romance play no role in this book, unusually for George R. R. Martin, and also strange for stories adopting these politics. Moreover, Tuf is a shameless entrepreneur, ending each story with a profit, which he finagles out of each planet through tough (sorry) negotiation, self-deprecation, and ruthless maneuvering. Governments are useless, sometimes dangerous, often incompetent throughout.* So Tuf Voyaging is a libertarian, vegetarian, animal rights book. I can't think of many others.

The book's style is generally very basic, focusing primarily on displaying and setting up dialog. There isn't much in the way of description nor lyrical prose. In contrast tuf's tone is ambitious, ranging from comedy to scientific discussion to horror to political scheming. At best these synthesize neatly, as in "Call Him Moses".

So what's not to love? To begin with, the stories all follow the same plan. Locals present Tuf with a difficult problem. Tuf heads to his ship's labs and creates a solution. The locals don't really like it, but have no choice and pay through the nose. It becomes mechanical and doesn't change by the end.

Tuf is too invincible. He wins every time, superior to each situation and all people. The final story sees a sympathetic character proclaim him a god (376). Sigh.

I remain a devotee of good world-building, and tuf only does this in fits. The overall setting is not even sketched, relying instead on science fiction genre assumptions (FTL travel, interstellar commerce).

Overall? An entertaining read with some interesting politics. Best read by individual story, rather than as a whole.

*Steven Kaye suggests Poul Anderson's Nicolas van Rijn as an inspiration, especially given Anderson's libertarian politics. This grows on me.
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Teriann Merbaum

Tuf Voyaging
by George R.R. Martin
the plauge star story is hard to put down, i found the dynics movement of the story to be out standing. I could not even start the other stories i am reading because i had to see if tuf would survive the terriors and horrors involved in the ship.

Loaves and fishes: a lot harder to get into, but the story did fullfill its promise by the end, i like the solutions that were created to help the world contend with its ecological problems.


gaurdians shows the conflict between ecology and culture, and ones interpretation of what is intellegence. the 100 year old colony is in trouble and Tuf is forced to the offensive before he is ready.

second helpings is tufs return to s'uthlam and finding out the legend he left behind has been corrupted as well as the culture has exploded its population making a 100 year saftey berrior to 18 years.

a beast for norm shows how explotiation of animals for han entertainment is a gross aboration and tuf uses the greed and desire for honor of the houses to bankrupt them and make it so they can no longer spend time on animal battles but have to fight for survival.

call him moses a religious man attempts to change his neighbors using the legend of moses and the new stories of the ark and tuf to frighten and enslave his neighbors, tuf finds out and returns the people to their beliefs and proves moses is a fraud.

manna from heaven finding his welcome back to s'uthlam to be abrupt and violent, again called to give up the ark,to provide for the people of S'uthlam with subsinace a survival
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Arnie Ashleyjr

Tuf Voyaging is a series of short stories that revolve around one central figure, but actually feels like a complete novel when the stories are compiled together. Haviland Tuf is a self-taught ecological engineer after he finds an ancient abandoned ecological warship from Old Earth. Tuf claims to be an altruistic, charitable person who only wants to help worlds in need. However, he always manages to make extremely advantageous financial deals before rendering any help! It doesn't help that everyone is either threatening him physically or trying to take his ship to get what they want.

These are old GRRM stories. I won't even bothering comparing this collection to GoT, since there is no comparison. The only other Martin story I have read is Fevre Dream and I liked it better. I believe some of these stories are also included in Martin's Dream Songs collection as well.
data di revisione 04/21/2020
Dwane Blesofsky

Tuf Voyaging is a collection of seven linked science fiction stories, most originally published in hard-sf periodical Analog. They're all quite good, and together form one of those proverbial volumes that's greater than the sum of its parts, in the tradition of other classic sf fix-ups like Asimov's Foundation. These were written long before Martin was a household name for telling us that winter is coming, but contain the same kind of complex and detailed world view. Tuf is a classic genre character in the tradition of Poul Anderson's Nicholas van Rijn, Hubbard's Methuselah, or Leinster's Calhoun.

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