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"Seeded among the stars are troves of valuable artifacts left behind by the enigmatic, long-vanished alien race called the Heechee. For the right price, anyone can climb aboard one of the abandoned Heechee spaceships, cast off on an autopilot voyage to parts unknown, and take a chance on finding wealth...or facing death." Robinette Broadhead took that chance and walked away a winner. But at what cost? Despite living a millionaire's life of material luxury, he's haunted by a crippling despair - and the dark secrets buried deep in his psyche. With the help of his computerized psychiatrist, the truth about what happened "out there" could set Broadhead free. But only after a personal journey more terrifying and, ultimately, more devastating than his last fateful trip into space.
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Frederik Pohl's 1976 classic Gateway -- one of only a handful of novels that have won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards -- is the story of an alien way station containing hundreds of preprogrammed starships and of the daring humans who risk their lives to pilot them to their unknown destinations.

Gateway, the first of numerous Heechee novels by Pohl (Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, Heechee Rendezvous, et al.), deftly blends poignant psychodrama with hard science fiction. The story's much-flawed protagonist, Robinette Broadhead, is what most people would call a lucky man. A poor miner in Wyoming destined to spend the rest of his dismal existence laboring away underground, Rob fatefully wins a local lottery and uses almost all his winnings to buy a ticket to Gateway, an ancient alien space station found in the vicinity of Venus that contains almost 1,000 active starships. Those lucky enough -- or more aptly, crazy enough -- to make it to Gateway can apply to become prospectors, choose one of the starships, and go off in search of fortune. Some prospectors return with invaluable artifacts worth millions of dollars, many more come back dead -- or simply vanish. After procrastinating for months, Rob finally goes out on a ship and returns a rich man. But his fortune comes with a heavy priceā€¦

Arguably Pohl's finest work ever, Gateway is worth its weight in gold -- a transcendent classic that is just as good as it was almost three decades ago, if not better. Paul Goat Allen

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In Gateway, Roz Kaveney of Books and Bookmen believes, Pohl "successfully combined wit and humanity in a novel of character. [The result is] a highly competent, darkly witty entertainment." Other critics found the computer psychoanalyst a particularly believable character. "What makes this book so intriguing," Peter Ackroyd of Spectator writes, "is not its occasional satire and consistent good humor, but the fact that Pohl has managed to convey the insistent presence of the non-human, a presence which may indeed haunt our future."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345318596
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/1984
  • Series: Heechee Saga Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    An excellent read. Highly recomended

    Quite an interesting look into the human condition and how people react to unknown technology and try to understand and assimilate it if at all possible, once the fear of the unknown has past. Robin Broadhead is stuck in a rut with his lousy job and desperately wants to overcome his financial troubles before he settles down and has a family. His luck turns to the better(?) after winning a decent sum in a lottery, so he buys a round of drinks for his colleagues and spends the rest on a trip to the Gateway Asteroid in hopes of striking it rich on one of the 'prospecting' trips aboard the mysterious alien ships. The adventure that follows is one of the most unique I have ever read. Pohl knows how to draw a reader's attention and retain it. I especially enjoyed the way he wrote it with dual view points, bouncing back and forth between Robin's adventures and his sessions with his robotic shrink.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    So hard to beleive this was written in the 70's. The visuals st

    So hard to beleive this was written in the 70's. The visuals still hold up today! Great science fiction. It was given to my son as a gift and I picked it up between reads...glad got to it first - because it is a but adult for anyone under High School.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    Great book, but it was written in 1979. Why is it so expensive?

    Great book, but it was written in 1979. Why is it so expensive?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2009

    One of the best Sci-Fi books ever!

    Easily one of the best SciFi books. The writing style is unique in the scifi world, but brilliant. A very rewarding and entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Great until the end

    I enjoyed the story a lot, but was disappointed with the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Best book I've read

    Sci-fi is all I read. Gateway is the best yet. It has a slow start but a 'two thumbs up' ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2003

    Memories

    A group of my sci-fi pals and I read this series about 15 years ago early on in Highschool. It was great. I'm suprised it's not a bigger seller. Considering how Ender's Game and other sci-fi classics still sell well, this series should too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2001

    A Psychological Sci-Fi Thriller

    I can't believe that I'm writing the first customer review for a book that won the Hugo award, the Nebula award, and almost every other science fiction accolade when it was first published in 1977. The story centers around an asteroid which houses tiny spaceships once operated by the enigmatic Heechee race. Humans have discovered the base and, not surprisingly, are capitalizing on it, sending out many volunteers in the pods with the hopes of recovering other Heechee artifacts. The success rate for these ventures, however, is very small; the humans don't exactly understand how the ships work, and many volunteers have thus been transported to extremely hostile environments. The main character, Bob Broadhead, has spent a long time on the Gateway asteroid, trying to ease his own fears and insecurities while watching his eager colleagues ship out to either death or fortune. Soon, he knows, it will be his turn. Without a doubt, this is Pohl's finest novel, a suprisingly interesting character study as well as an indictment of the corporate mindset.

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