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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The chronicle of adventures of the survey ship Sarafand as it journeys through space exploring and mapping newly-discovered planets. The mission brings them into contact with man startling life-forms and menacing aliens. On one world the Sarafand sends out six survey modules and seven return one of them is a shape-changing malevolent alien - but which? On another planet th ...more
Paperback, 223 pages
Published 1995 by Zagrebačka Naklada (first published May 1978)
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Roddy Williams
This is a fix-up novel, centred around Dave Surgenor, one of the crew of the Sarafand, a vessel of the Cartographical division of the Space Navy. The Sarafand is a space-borne pyramid, and its mission is to help chart the stars and planets in the ever-expanding sphere of known space.
One could be forgiven, reading the first story, for thinking it remarkably similar to van Vogt’s ‘Voyage of The Space Beagle’ which begins with a re-edit of van Vogt’s 1939 story ‘Black Destroyer’.
In both tales, a h
Stephen Theaker
This fix-up contains five stories about the crew of the survey ship Sarafand. The Sarafand is only sent to map lifeless planets, which has fascinating psychological effects on the crew, something Bob Shaw handles with remarkable skill, and it also leads to some intriguing and unusual plots. At times they are closer to thought experiments such as the prisoner's dilemma than they are to other science fiction short stories, though Shaw doesn't shortchange us on spaceships and aliens.

In the first st
The men of the Cartographical Service are always on the edge of known space, travelling to new worlds and mapping the ever-expanding surface of the Bubble of the Human Federation. Dave Surgenor is one of the few people who lasts beyond his original five-year contract, becoming one of the most experienced hands on the survey ship Sarafand.

This book is structured into a bunch of disparate adventures of the crew of the Sarafand with several recurring characters but it's really Surgenor and the ship
Very slow to start with and appears to comprise of several short stories stuck together, with little follow on between them (Pretty much only the central character and the 'ship'). Most of the stories are pretty average with little character development, even the central character only getting some attention.
The book is saved by the last story where there is some nice scientific idea extrapolation that I have not come across before - in fact I was left wanting for more with this (Not necessarily
Книга - сборник рассказов. Некоторые из них уже читал в детстве. Это классическая научная фантастика - довольно хорошая. Но к сожалению с Аластером Рейнольдсом не сравнить.
Medium-lousy scifi, a bunch of short stories stitched together to make a "coherent" narrative. Bland, inoffensive, nothing to write home about.
Greg Williamson

Reads like a series of Star Trek episodes. Hits it's straps at last in the final chapters. Thoughtful stuff.
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What's The Name o...: SF anthology - solved by Andy! [s] 7 25 Apr 10, 2013 02:35PM  
Bob Shaw was born in Northern Ireland. After working in structural engineering, industrial public relations, and journalism he became a full time science fiction writer in 1975.

Shaw was noted for his originality and wit. He was two-time recipient (in 1979 and 1980) of the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer. His short story Light of Other Days was a Hugo Award nominee in 1967, as was his novel The Rag
More about Bob Shaw...
Orbitsville The Ragged Astronauts (Land and Overland Series, #1) Other Days, Other Eyes Who Goes Here? (Warren Peace, #1) The Wooden Spaceships (Land and Overland Series, #2)

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