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Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Heechee Saga #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  10,087 Ratings  ·  199 Reviews
In Book Two of the Heechee Saga, Robinette Broadhead is on his way to making a fortune by bankrolling an expedition to the Food Factory--a Heechee spaceship that can graze the cometary cloud and transfor the basic elements of the universe into untold quantities of food. But even as he gambles on the breakthrough technology, he is wracked with the guilt of losing his wife, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 327 pages
Published July 12th 1987 by Del Rey (first published 1980)
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Sep 02, 2016 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon was a solid sequel to Gateway. Frederik Pohl's engaging writing style makes it easy for the reader to get caught up in the stories of his characters even when those characters themselves are not the most likeable.

Robinette Broadhead struck it rich in his time as a Gateway prospector but is still suffering from the feelings of guilt at how his last mission ended. He no longer goes on Gateway missions himself but has sponsored many other adventurers. One such group i
Nov 09, 2016 Sub_zero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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En Pórtico, aprendimos que la humanidad ha dado un salto tecnológico tan espectacular como fortuito gracias a los artefactos que una antigua y ya desaparecida civilización alienígena —los Heechee— ha dejado a su paso por nuestro sistema solar. El único inconveniente es que la utilidad de estos hallazgos escapa por completo a nuestra comprensión y su empleo conlleva una serie de riesgos que resultan letales en la mayoría de casos. No obstante, empujadas por las precarias condiciones en que se hal ...more

"The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth…"

Beyond the blue horizon
Waits a beautiful day.
Goodbye to things that bore me.
Joy is waiting for me.
I see a new horizon.
My life has only begun.
Beyond the blue horizon lies a rising sun.
(Beyond the Blue Horizon, Jeanette
Not nearly the equivalent of Gateway but that would be like asking Ken Jennings to win 74 Jeopardy games in a row. Oh Yeah. He did that.

Speaking of Jeopardy, back in the 80's I was browsing through the credits of the TV game show and noticed that one of the show writers was Frederik Pohl. "OMG" I thought, (I didn't actually think "OMG!". The internet was still in its infantry and so was internet speak) "He's writing questions on a game show now! I knew Sci-fi writers didn't make much money but D
Feb 02, 2016 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally loved it!!
Lots of questions from Gateway are answered here, but in the end you have a lot a brand new ones - I'm looking forward to find out more about Heechee.

P.S. Glad to see that Rob has become a much more likeable and mature character.
La historia, continuación de esa obra maestra que es ’Pórtico’, tiene dos escenarios. Por un lado tenemos a Robin Broadhead, el que fuera protagonista de ‘Pórtico’, que financia una expedición hacia un artefacto Heechee, la Fábrica Alimentaria, que se encuentra en la nube de Oort, capaz de transformar ciertos elementos del universo en alimentos. Su intención es utilizarla para acabar con el hambre en la Tierra. Y por otro lado, está la propia expedición y sus miembros, que llevan viajando tres a ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Jeraviz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Es muy difícil hacer una continuación de una gran libro como es Pórtico, pero Frederik Pohl hace un digno trabajo en esta segunda parte. Continúa con las tesis principales que plantea en el primer tomo y gracias a que el punto de vista va cambiando nos permite conocer más detalles de los Heechee y de su tecnología. También sabemos más sobre el protagonista, quien tiene una evolución del primer al segundo libro muy interesante.
Y el elemento estrella vuelve a ser los programas informáticos que ayu
Tobin Elliott
If the whole book had been written like the last couple of chapters, this would have been a five-star rating.

Unfortunately, the first three-quarters, while having the odd flash of entertainment, was reasonably boring. Even if Pohl had gone for more of a Ringworld-type feel, with uncertain explorers discovering new and exciting things. Yes. There was a bit of that, including the revelation of the Heechee prayer fans, but overall, it felt mostly stilted and dull.

And there was, like Gateway before
Sep 13, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is re-read for me. I first read the novel when it came out and I was barely an adult. At the time I thought it was the middle book of a trilogy and that the story suffered a bit for it, but now we know there were to be five books in this series and I have no idea why I ever thought it had middle volume syndrome. It's quite immersive!

The character motivations make a good deal more sense reading it now from a more mature perspective. The novel is far more upbeat than Gateway, thus far more e
...I guess you could say Pohl took a bit more conventional approach in writing Beyond the Blue Events Horizon. It makes the book less groundbreaking than Gateway was and probably is part of the reason why it didn't win any of the awards it was nominated for. The scope of it is obviously much wider too, and the many switches in point of view makes it appear a bit less structured than its predecessor. If you view the story as the unveiling of (part of) a mystery, it makes more than enough sense to ...more
-“Pórtico” no debería haber tenido secuelas para pasar a la historia como una novela todavía más grande de lo que ya es.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Robinette Broadhead es un hombre potentado con unas inversiones muy sólidas pero sigue abierto a enriquecer su fortuna y, en el fondo, sigue amando a Klara y su recuerdo no le abandona. Cuando decide financiar una expedición a la Factoría Alimentaria heechee situada en la nube de Oort, desencadena una serie de acontecimientos de con
Mar 18, 2017 Elar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
A little bit slower paced and more philosophical than first book in the series. Fortunately readers learn many new details about ancient Heechees.
Rafal Jasinski
Sep 29, 2012 Rafal Jasinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drugi tom cyklu "Gateway" zaczyna się równie smakowicie, jak wstęp do pierwszego odcinka drugiego sezonu serialu "LOST" - a co najważniejsze ma podobną strukturę i impakt. W pierwszej części serii postawiono masę pytań, tu już na samym początku poznajemy - trzymając się "lostowej" analogii - "mieszkańca bunkra", czyli mamy typowo "hitchcockowskie" tąpnięcie, następnie poznajemy kilku nowych, jakże interesujących bohaterów, po czym akcja ślicznie zazębia się z wydarzeniami z pierwszego "Gateway" ...more
Ali Berk Çetinbudaklar

Pohl'un klasik Hiçi serisinin 2. kitabı. 1. kitaptan farklı olarak bu kitabı daha iyi buldum denebilir. kitaptaki az biraz Uzayda geçen "Uzayda Piknik" hissini alıyordunuz.

Aslında 2.kitabı okuyunca 1. kitabın biraz daha giriş bölümü olduğu, bu ilham kısmınında temelleri oluştururken fazlaca kullanıldığı anlaşılıyor. 2. kitaba gelindiğinde artık bunu kabullenmiş oluyor ve bunun üstüne asıl hikayeye girmeye başlıyoruz. Ama o da ne?! Pohl bizi bu kitapta şaşırtarak kitaptan beri giz
Feb 17, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederik Pohl delves deeper into his world of the Heechee as the humans come closer to making first contact. He expands upon futuristic notions of advanced artificial intelligence and technologies we have discovered but are yet to fully understand. He begins to reveal explanations for some of the mysteries first introduced in Gateway, though obviously bordering on fantasy as much as any sci fi does.

He further explores the human condition through our protagonist Robin Broadhead, torn between love
Jun 12, 2012 Coyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Gateway, I think Pohl has done a much better job with this one. (Of course, I have issues with books that leave all kinds of questions unanswered anyway, which Gateway did.) In this book many of the questions left dangling are answered in the first book, even if only in summary form and in ways that raise all new questions. So, I guess I'll have to read the third book. [Sigh]
Overall there's a solid plot with interesting themes and characters, well worth a look to those who like Sci
Nov 02, 2016 T_lins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Heechee setting keeps being fascinating. All the technology and contacts with the lost civilization are extraordinary and highly immaginative.
The background story with Robinette and the Herber family keeps being repetitive and a bit boring sometimes, but it is a nice counterpart of the exciting discoveries from the Heechee.
And having Albert Einstein as a scientific adviser is genius!
Will keep reading the saga for sure.
Nov 29, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There's plenty of drama and action in this sequel, though it's not done as subtly and elegantly as the story in Gateway. There are a lot of answers about the mysterious Heechee civilization in this novel, though there are almost as many more questions by the end. Great second installment of the series--it should be fun to continue the story in the next book.
Oliver Wilson
Sep 06, 2014 Oliver Wilson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-away
Given the riotous success of Gateway, I was surprised at how difficult it was to get a copy of this, the sequel (it's basically out of print).

Having found a second-hand copy, the reason became clear: this book is a feeble shadow of its predecessor. Terribly disappointing, avoid.
Apr 16, 2008 Sadie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Ah, yes, this book is terrible in a very good and cheesey way. I had to read it. Gateway was my gateway and I just wanted to know what on earth Pohl would do next.
This story would probably blow the mind of a 15 year old boy, but alas, it just seemed a wee bit overdone. Go Heechees!
Jul 07, 2015 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 6, 2015

I read Pohl's Gateway 1st in this Heechee Saga. My review's here: . I'm somewhat surprised to see that I read it 3 yrs ago. That's one of those time-flies-when-you're-not-having-fun-just-getting-older thingies. Skimming over my Gateway review I think I was more impressed by that one than I was by this sequel - wch isn't to say that I thought this was 'bad'
Stephen Dorneman
May 11, 2017 Stephen Dorneman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this second book in the Heechee Saga is well-written (as you might expect from an SF Grandmaster), and chock-full of revelations about the mysterious alien Heechee and their technology, human struggles to learn that information and to survive, man-machine relationships, and a whole lot more, it may be overly full, and because of that, I'm not sure I'll continue reading the rest of the series. Perhaps there were too many alien advances (and their technology too-easily deciphered by manki ...more
Oct 29, 2016 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I almost went with a 3 star, but just couldn't do it. There are some pacing choices by Pohl that confuse me. However, I think in most cases they tell the story he wants to tell in the manner he wants to tell it.

Robin is back and not as deplorable as before. I kind of enjoy his character arc to this point (and where the end hints to his final destination) but I really enjoyed the new crew we're introduced to.

For 1984, Pohl was kind of forward thinking in regards to women characters. I mean, sur
Andy Goldman
This has always been a frustrating read for me, and this latest read-through was no different. It drags and most of the characters are not likable. The best bits for me are anything involving S. Ya, Robin, and the Albert Einstein program, and these are the sections that move the greater Heechee story forward and deal with the biggest sci-fi what ifs. IIRC from my many years ago last reading, this book is more important as a stepping stone to book 3, but next time I re-read, I might skip this one ...more
May 23, 2017 Chuliomartinez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinsting universe. Captivating read.
C.C. Yager
I loved Gateway, the first novel in the Heechee series by Frederik Pohl. Where Pohl came up with the term "Heechee" would be interesting to know, although I dislike this word. It sounds so lightweight to me to represent in language sentient beings and a culture that will have such a huge impact on humanity and the universe. Pohl dreams big. I like that. I also like his style of writing -- it's easy to read, comfortable, natural.

In Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, the second novel in the Heechee s
Jan 06, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Gateway was not only a good novel, but it made an interesting computer game. Beyond the Blue Event Horizon is the sequel to the novel. In Gateway, the protagonists discovered amazing access to the artifacts of an ancient civilization. The exploration was risky, but so-called Heechee artifacts which could advance society brought tremendous reward. Of course, that reward could cost you the person you love the most. And, if it did, you might risk everything you gained in an attempt to get her back. ...more
Adrian Powell
BtBEH has quite a few problems which really detracted from the enjoyment of the story, at least for me.

To start, it has not aged well. It seems to have positioned itself as "hard" science fiction but as the Heechee are treated as magical black boxes, that leaves the science of black holes and human technology. And it gets both of them frustratingly wrong. Black holes are treated like doorways or lines in the sand which you can walk around without ill effects but with so many great science and sc
Peter Tillman
Feb 12, 2016 Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederick Pohl, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (1980)
Heechee #2, sequel to his classic GATEWAY. My rating: 4.6 stars

A good (near-great, really) book. This is my second reading, first since it was semi-new. I've reread GATEWAY at least 3 times, always with pleasure. This might even be better -- but don't start here!

Glancing at online reviews, I see a lot of complaints about Pohl's misforecasting, particularly of computer tech. In both novels (and later sequels, ims), he has capable computers over
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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