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The Boy Who Would Live Forever (Heechee Saga Series #6)
     

The Boy Who Would Live Forever (Heechee Saga Series #6)

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by Frederik Pohl
 

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A Triumphant New Gateway Adventure

Twenty-five years after the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning bestseller Gateway, Frederik Pohl returns with a new Gateway novel. Filled with excitement and the sense of wonder that made Gateway a huge success, The Boy Who Would Live Forever is a memorable journey into the unknown.

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A Triumphant New Gateway Adventure

Twenty-five years after the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning bestseller Gateway, Frederik Pohl returns with a new Gateway novel. Filled with excitement and the sense of wonder that made Gateway a huge success, The Boy Who Would Live Forever is a memorable journey into the unknown.

Stan and Estrella, two young people from Earth, journey to the Gateway asteroid looking for adventure, and discover each other during a flight in one of the ships the alien Heechee left behind when they explored our Solar System. Stan and Estrella settle among the Heechee on a planet in the galactic core, never suspecting that the two of them may be the last, best hope to save the humans and Heechee in the core from destruction by a crazed madman.

Wan Enrique Santos-Smith, a man full of loathing for the Heechee, will stop at nothing to destroy the Heechee and their human friends. But Stan and Estrella, with the help of a fabulously wealthy philanthropist and the unique machine mind Marc Antony, are determined to thwart Wan's terrible plan. At stake is nothing less than the fate of all life in the galaxy.

Editorial Reviews

In 1977, science fiction writer Frederik Pohl swept the boards with Gateway, a deftly crafted tale about the discovery of an alien way-station. Gateway won the Hugo, the Nebula, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best Novel, becoming an instant genre classic and a backlist bestseller. Responding to fan enthusiasm, Pohl added four volumes to his Gateway/Heechee epic, but then turned to other projects. Now, after 15 years, he reenters the world of the alien Heechee and the threatened humans who live among them.
Publishers Weekly
SFWA Grand Master Pohl's latest is a pure delight, miraculously combining wry adventure and compassionate satire. Since it began with the novel Gateway (1977), Pohl's Heechee series has been among the most consistently daring of SF's continuing enterprises, and this first book in 15 years does its best to wake readers up. Pohl's characters have a lot to think about, too. As humans spread through space allying themselves with the alien Heechee and realizing that they now have the option of having their personalities preserved forever electronically in the company of dazzlingly accomplished AIs they must decide what to keep and what to give up. A young man and woman begin, tentatively and convincingly, to explore the possibilities of their relationship in this complicated universe. At the same time, though, selfish and super-rich Wan Enrique Santos-Smith refuses to surrender any of his childish anger and sets out to take revenge on all the adults who've frustrated his desires. Pohl flips nimbly from character to character, star to star, inside and outside the black hole where the Heechee and many humans are learning to live maturely together. Surprises abound, but readers will feel that they could have seen them coming if they'd been a little more ready to trust their imaginations. Pohl believes we can learn to live with extraordinary challenges; his tempered, hard-won faith in humanity makes this book especially satisfying. Agent, Ellen Geiger at Curtis Brown. (Oct. 1) FYI: Gateway won Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell awards. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT
In disjointed fashion, Pohl fills in some of the blanks about Gateway and the Heechee. Told from various points of view and switching through various timeframes, this is basically the story of Stan and Estrella, Gateway adventurers from Earth. They are hoping to get lucky traveling on a Heechee craft to find technology that can be exploited by humans; they want to make piles of money. They end up living with the Heechee in their time-warped Black Hole world and helping to prevent Wan Enrique Santos-Smith from destroying most of the universe. Only those who always wondered how things got the way they did at Gateway will persevere through the shifts and switchbacks. They will be satisfied; others may just be confused. (Gateway Series). KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Tor, 465p., Ages 12 to adult.
—Sherry Hoy
Library Journal
When recently orphaned Stan Avery inherits enough money to buy a trip to Gateway, the alien Heechee waystation that allows travel to all parts of space, he doesn't realize that his voyage has effectively cut him off forever from the world he left behind. Pohl's first Gateway novel in 15 years (the 1977 original Gateway won the Hugo and Nebula Awards) revitalizes a favorite far-future setting as it tells the tale of a young man's journey to self-realization amid the stars. Bringing both accessibility and gentle humor to hard sf adventure, Pohl's latest is a good addition to most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
After an absence of 14 years, Pohl returns to his Heechee universe (The Gateway Trip, 1990, etc.) with a grab-bag yarn that updates many of the previous themes and ideas and adds a few new ones. At the Gateway asteroid, loyal readers will recall, humans embarked hopefully in Heechee ships toward preprogrammed (but, to the occupants, unknown and random) destinations at which there was an equal likelihood of finding immensely valuable Heechee artifacts, tragic disappointment, or death. Two young prospectors, Stan Avery and Estrella Pancorbo, endure a disappointing, unproductive voyage, returning only to find that the guidance problem has been solved-hence, prospectors are superfluous. Their single option is to join a mission to the black hole at the galaxy's Core, where the Heechee themselves are hiding in dread of the Foe, the life-destroying Kugel. Numerous other narrative strands fill out the big picture. A Heechee named Achiever leaves the Core to discover what the Kugel are up to inside their Kugelblitz. Superrich Gelle-Klara Moynlin, using advanced Heechee science, observes the explosion of the Crab Nebula and the fate of its sun's inhabited planet. Superrich, insane Heechee-hater Wan Enrique Santos-Smith hatches plots to destroy the Heechee inside the Core. Fellow Heechee-hater Reverend Orbis McClune, stored electronically after his death and sold to Wan, wonders whether to assist the clearly mad Wan or resist him. And artificial intelligence Marc Anthony, the galaxy's greatest chef, roams the spaceways as an undercover agent, keeping tabs on the Kugel and on Wan. An astonishing eyeful, rich and absorbing, albeit undramatic, leaving scope for at least one more installment: a feastfor Gateway travelers. Agent: Ellen Geiger at Curtis Brown, Ltd.
From the Publisher
"A feast for Gateway travelers."

Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Boy Who Would Live Forever

"SFWA Grand Master Pohl's latest is a pure delight, miraculously combining wry adventure and compassionate satire. Pohl believes we can learn to live with extraordinary challenges; his tempered, hard-won faith in humanity makes this book especially satisfying."

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Boy Who Would Live Forever

"The Boy Who Would Live Forever is vintage Pohl: endlessly inventive, with cosmic threats, engaging characters, and tidal waves, served up with the master's signature sense of humor"

—Jack McDevitt, author of Omega

"Fred Pohl ends his great classic, Gateway, with tantalizing riddles. Who were the Heechee, the beings who built the strange starport inside an asteroid? Why did they abandon it? Where did they go? Now at last he is giving us answers. Fred's still a master craftsman. His tale unfolds his answers with new suspense and surprise."

—Jack Williamson, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Terraforming Earth, on The Boy Who Would Live Forever

"Pohl's first Gateway novel in 15 years (the 1977 original Gateway won the Hugo and Nebula Awards) revitalizes a favorite far-future setting as it tells the tale of a young man's journey to self-realization amid the stars. Bringing both accessibility and gentle humor to hard sf adventure."

—Library Journal on The Boy Who Would Live Forever

"Gateway is one of those rare gems: a deeply human story set against the wonders and beauty of the infinite starry universe. Fred Pohl, Old Master that he is, has broken new ground for the science-fiction novel."

—Ben Bova, Editor, Analog Magazine

"Frederik Pohl, one of the old pros of the genre never takes unnecessary risks. For him, science fiction is a form of play—an excusable indulgence since he plays it better than most people. His new novel is based on a wonderfully satisfying SF premise . . . . The Heechee space station—known as Gateway—is the ultimate roulette wheel. The odds are lousy, but the jackpot is so large that there are always gamblers willing to try their luck."

The New York Times Book Review on Gateway

Jack McDevitt
"Endlessly inventive, with cosmic threats, engaging characters, and tidal waves, served up with the master's signature sense of humor"
Jack Williamson
"Fred's still a master craftsman. His tale unfolds his answers with new suspense and surprise."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765310491
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Heechee Saga Series , #6
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.88(h) x 1.30(d)

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The Boy Who Would Live Forever



A Novel of Gateway



By Pohl, Frederik


Tor Books



Copyright © 2005

Pohl, Frederik

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0765349353



Goodbye Mother Earth
"They're welcoming us, Stan. They want to hear everything about the human race."

Stan shook his head. "We won't have time. We've got to be on that ship when it goes back. We have to get back to Earth while we're still news, the first ones to return from the Core. Just think what that will be worth? Not just the bonus--but we'll be famous! Don't you see what we're missing, Estrella! Time is passing us by. We have to go back!"

She asked simply, "Why?"

He blinked at her. "What do you mean, why?"

"Have you looked at the time? Our friends are getting old. They might even have died by now. You wanted to live a long, long time. Now we're doing it. Besides, we've come all this way. As long as we're here, we might as well see what the place looks like."

Stan found words at last. "How long?"

"Not long, if that's what you want. A week or two-"

"Estrella! That'll be-what? A thousand years or more on Earth!"

She nodded. "And by then maybe it'll be worth going back to."


Continues...




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Meet the Author

A bestselling, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award winning SF author, Frederik Pohl has written more than twenty successful novels, has been the award-winning editor of SF magazines and anthologies, and has been lauded as a Grand Master by the Science fiction Writers of America, He has collaborated on classic SF works such as The Space Merchants as well as having written such fine solo novels as Gateway, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, and Man Plus, and has been active in a myriad of other ways in the field for many decades. He lives in Palatine, Illinois.

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Boy Who Would Live Forever 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Either Frederik Pohl is losing it or he's desperately short of cash. This book read like a fanfic. The plot was uninspired, the dialogue was laughable, the characters were unbelievable, and the writing style was insipid. This was a far cry from the powerful prose and relatively complex and realistic characters and storylines of his earlier Heechee novels. Avoid this novel at all costs.