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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 And therein lies the problem.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. First read 2002Maybe 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. If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.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 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 MartinI 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. 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, 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 rapidly The hard headed, tough Portmaster, Tully Mune, who knows her people have an even 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. 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 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. 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. 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 5My 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 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 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 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 sentientetc 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 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 Haviland Tuf Es Un Ser Curioso Un Mercader Independiente De Gran Tama O, Obeso, Calvo Y Con La Piel Blanca Como El Hueso Es Vegetariano, Bebe Montones De Cerveza, Come Demasiado Y Le Encantan Los Gatos Y Adem S Es Completa Y Absolutamente Honesto.Este Personaje Sorprendente Lograr Poseer Una Enorme Nave Espacial, El Arca, La Nica Superviviente Del Antiguo Cuerpo De Ingenier A Ecol Gica De La Vieja Tierra Un Artilugio Desaparecido M S De Mil A Os Antes De La Poca De Tuf, Pero Que Revive Con L Y Con Sus Gatos Gracias A Los Poderes Del Arca, Tuf Resucita La Vieja Profesi N De La Ingenier A Ecol Gica Pero La Dejar Marcada Con La Impronta De Su Personalidad, Su Astucia Y Su Iron A. 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 Cats in Spaaace Art by David Willson.The reliable Althea Ann has an excellent review was published long before GRRM became a celebrity He was just another toiler in SF F s midlists then.