Tuf Voyaging [NOOK Book]

Overview

Long before A Game of Thrones became an international phenomenon, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin had taken his loyal readers across the cosmos. Now back in print after almost ten years, Tuf Voyaging is the story of quirky and endearing Haviland Tuf, an unlikely hero just trying to do right by the galaxy, one planet at a time.
 
Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in ...
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Overview

Long before A Game of Thrones became an international phenomenon, #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin had taken his loyal readers across the cosmos. Now back in print after almost ten years, Tuf Voyaging is the story of quirky and endearing Haviland Tuf, an unlikely hero just trying to do right by the galaxy, one planet at a time.
 
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 a seedship, the last remnant of Earth’s legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind; just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in human space is in good hands—hands which now have the godlike ability to control the genetic material of thousands of outlandish creatures.
 
Armed with this unique equipment, Tuf is set to tackle the problems that human settlers have created in colonizing far-flung worlds: hosts of hostile monsters, a population hooked on procreation, a dictator who unleashes plagues to get his own way . . . and in every case, the only thing that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf’s ingenuity—and his reputation as a man of integrity in a universe of rogues.
 
“A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile.”—Analog
 
“A new facet of Martin’s manysided talent.”—Asimov’s


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ``novel'' brings together a decade's worth of stories about Haviland Tuf, an honest but thoroughly small-time interstellar trader who happens to acquire a centuries-old and miles-long seed-ship of the once powerful Earth Ecological Corps. Originally a deadly weapon, it alone preserves the secrets of a now-forgotten science and still functions well enough to create, gene-splice and clone any of a myriad species of plant and animal, both benevolent and destructive. The eccentric but ethical Tuf now styles himself an ecological engineer and wields his ship's treasures to solve the problems plaguing farflung settlements, from famine to sea serpents. These colorful tales mostly skirt the more interesting and prickly issue of Tuf's playing god to fundamentally change the cultures he encounters. Still, the seed-ship is a wonderful idea and Tuf, protecting his pet cats from the charge they are useless ``vermin,'' is a droll hero. (February)
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Praise for Tuf Voyaging
 
“A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile.”—Analog
 
“A new facet of Martin’s manysided talent.”—Asimov’s
 
Praise for George R. R. Martin
 
“Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.”—Time
 
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
 
“I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.”—Robert Jordan
Library Journal
Published in 1986, this book is being brought back into print for obvious reasons: Martin's stock has soared, particularly with the booming success of A Game of Thrones—the Locus Award-winning novel and inspiration for the HBO series, along with any number of other products.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345538642
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/29/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 43,774
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including the acclaimed series A Song of Ice and Fire—A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons—as well as Fevre Dream, The Armageddon Rag, Dying of the Light, Windhaven (with Lisa Tuttle), and Dreamsongs Volumes I and II. He is also the creator of The Lands of Ice and Fire, a book of maps from A Song of Ice and Fire featuring original artwork from illustrator and cartographer Jonathan Roberts. As a writer-producer, Martin has worked on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and pilots that were never made. He lives with the lovely Parris in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Biography

As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old.

Martin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation he served two years in VISTA, then worked as a teacher and chess tournament director in the Midwest, while continuing to craft award-winning short fiction. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. A dark, lyrical sci-fi tone poem set on a doomed world without a sun, the book was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Throughout the 1980s, Martin worked in television, writing for science fiction- and fantasy-themed shows like The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. At this time he became involved with Wild Cards, a long-running anthology series composed of "mosaic stories" written by multiple authors and set in a shared universe. In addition to editing the series, Martin has contributed stories to the Wild Card books.

In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first installment of his magnum opus, the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Set in the Seven Kingdoms, a realm resembling medieval Europe, the internationally bestselling series has provided the ultimate showcase for Martin's formidable world-building and characterization skills.

During the course of his long, prolific career, Martin has accrued every major literary prize for science fiction or fantasy writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. But what endears him especially to his readers is his extraordinary accessibility. A tireless participant in genre conventions and festivals, he maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Good To Know

Christened George Raymond Martin, the author has this to say about his unusual name: "I arrived short one 'R' but fixed that at my confirmation 13 years later."

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service from 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.

Martin was class valedictorian of his high school. In 1970, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

In the mid-1970s, Martin supplemented his income by directing tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Fe, NM
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 20, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bayonne, NJ
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    Reluctant Galactic Hero Saves the Day

    Haviland Tuf, a recluse, acquires a lost and forgotten starship of massive size and astounding power and makes it his job to solve the unsolve-able problems of many worlds. Martin includes much humor between the lines, and provokes a lot of thought, too. This book is one of my all-time favorite SciFi novels ... and I'm pretty picky. The plots are amazing, interesting, and fun all at the same time. I wish Martin would write a sequel!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Tuf - Magic Dragon!!!

    Great Book - great stories - again, great imagination from George Martin. I think he was right when he said his public still wanted more stores of Tuf. He should have listened to them. The problem with George Martin is that he has so many interests and does none of them justice so none of them are great and therefore they remain good or less than good. Too bad - good writer.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2013

    There is such a thing as "too flawed".

    GRRM has incredible skill when it comes to world-building, and this book is no exception, but I think he bit off more than he could chew with the character of Tuf. Tuf is an interesting man, but so idiosyncratic that he is also a tough sell as a stand-alone hero... GRRM has made this work for him in the past, human flaws being one of his favorite spices for any character, but he went too far with Tuf without making him relatable or likable. Read on if you still need more detail than this.

    It would have been no easy feat to redeem Tuf as a hero. After all, he is a very tall, fat, hairless vegetarian with no range of facial or vocal expression or tolerance for communication that is not strictly literal. Apparently suffering from autism as well as a strong aversion to physical contact with other humans, Tuf's humanitarian escapades come off as transparently self-gratifying; they seem to him to be up-scaled versions of the games he enjoys so much, and you can see that he'd like them even better if he never had to interact directly with the human pawns involved.

    Tuf's saving graces are supposed to be his deep empathy for animals, particularly cats; his honesty and fairness, the latter which is also taken to such lengths as to become a flaw itself; and lastly, his genius-level intelligence and particular cleverness with strategy. It is here that his character really failed to win me. In my opinion, Tuf's solutions were obvious and heavy-handed, and hardly clever or interesting.

    In summary, Tuf was, to me, just a social outcast with only marginally above average intelligence, who gained the opportunity to play human civilizations like chess games by virtue of inheriting a tool powerful enough to make his childish solutions actually work. This, to me, is just not a compelling premise.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

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    Love George RR Martin

    Mr Martin does not disappoint. Love this story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2013

    Possibilities, but...

    Not a bad foray into sci-fi for Martin, but the lack of personality from the main character really put a damper on the whole book for me. It was interesting and unique in a lot of ways, but it definitely needed some 'zing' to make we want to keep reading. An okay read, but it won't leave you wanting more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Read while waa Read while waiting

    For the next game of thrones book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Tuffy!

    Wonderful! Love Tuff! Martin is a genius !!!! I wish there was a part 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great book.

    Rothfuss writes wonderful characters whether fantasy or sci-fi. Havilund is awesome.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT

    Light reading, a series of short stories that add up to a novel. Each episode stands by itself so great for episodic reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Good read

    Decent sience fiction, though a bit outdated.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Bleh

    Wat iz dis?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Great stuff.

    Great stuff.

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