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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,400 ratings  ·  340 reviews
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.

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ebook, 444 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Bantam (first published 1985)
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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
El presente libro era una lectura pendiente en mi lista porqué quería probar al Martín más clásico, previo a su famosa saga de fantasía épica y ver su desenvoltura en la ciencia ficción, un género tan estimado por mí y el cual es uno de los más difíciles de narrar.
First read: 2002

Maybe 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 eng
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 adva ...more
Imaginaos por un momento que durante toda vuestra vida habéis sido unos parias, con un trabajo horrible que os aporta únicamente lo justo para sobrevivir. Bien, ahora imaginaos que, de alguna forma, cae en vuestras manos un artefacto que es capaz de capaz de crear vida a vuestro gusto, cambiar la ecología de mundos enteros. Es decir, imaginaos que tenéis el poder de Dios.

Pues esto es lo que le pasa a nuestro humilde protagonista de la novela, Haviland Tuf. En la que se narra la forma en la que a
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 more 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 more intelligent an
Oct 25, 2008 Leelan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE!
One of George R.R. Martin's best books! I originally found this book in a used-book store while in college and it has become an old friend. I don't read it as often as LOTR but when I do it is always a pleasure.

Haviland Tuf is a wandering trader of the spacelanes in the tradition of Star Trek's Cryano Jones. Like Jones, he isn't very good at his job --- he barely gets by. That is until he gets chartered to ferry some not-so-nice passengers in search of a dark and long-forgotten legend. What they
Man muss nicht viele Worte über dieses Buch verlieren, das scheinbar nur erschienen ist, um mit dem Hype um den Autor von Game of Thrones noch etwas Kasse zu machen. Ich fasse mich also kurz.

Die Kurzgeschichten um Haviland Tuf sind erschreckend durchschnittlich und haben trotz ihrer Kürze einige Längen. Was vor allem am (im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes) blassen Hauptprotagonisten liegt, der in keiner Sekunde Sympathie erzeugen kann. Im Gegenteil: Die selbstgefälligen Dialoge von Tuf erzeugen eine ä
Althea Ann
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 "subt
the plauge star story is hard to put down, i found the dynics movement of the story to be out standing. I could not even start the other stories i am reading because i had to see if tuf would survive the terriors and horrors involved in the ship.

Loaves and fishes: a lot harder to get into, but the story did fullfill its promise by the end, i like the solutions that were created to help the world contend with its ecological problems.

gaurdians shows the conflict between ecology and culture, and on
Daniel Cann
Prior to reading this, I had only seen author George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones on television. This is the first book by him I have read, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. His reputation as the new Tolkien and all the other epithets are thoroughly deserved, the man can write!

What I enjoyed here was the central character of Haviland Tuf. He is a large, bald, portly man, fond of cats and mistrusting of humans. Rather than being the archetypal lantern-jawed, barrel-chested superman o
Although I liked a lot of Martin's other work (Song of Ice & Fire, many of the short stories from Dreamsongs, some of the Wild Cards series), I couldn't bring myself to like this one. There were three reasons (mild structural spoilers ahead):

1)Repetition. Other than the first chapter/story, all others had an identical pattern: Tuf encounters a planet with a great ecological problem (of quite a simple kind though), Tuf resolves to solve the problem as if on a whim, the planet causes difficult
The first thing that caught my attention about this book was the author. I am enjoying Games of Thrones so far, although I was concerned that I might have found a futuristic version of it. I did not, there were not complicated complots or sex scenes.
The second thing that caught my attention was that the main character likes cats, and I love cats too. This convinced me enough to buy this book, and I do not regret doing so one bit.
The story is very well narrated, addictive most of the times. The d
Bryan Alexander
Tuf Voyaging is a collection of entertaining science fiction stories. It's not a major work for George R.R. Martin, but will likely amuse the sf reader, and maybe some Game of Thrones addicts.

The book takes place in the far future, when humanity has spread across many star systems. The narraive concerns the adventures of a space trader turned entrepreneurial ecological engineer as he visits planets to solve their largest problems. The protagonist obtains a vast and powerful starship in the first
Habiendo leído ya algunos libros de GRR Martin, me llamo mucho la atención el tema de “Viajes de Tuf”. Me lo habían recomendado y sabia que trataba de viajes espaciales, ciencia ficción, y otros temas interesantes a mi persona. Cuando empecé a leerlo, me atrapo literalmente cual un T-Rex. Me encontré con un universo situado miles, sino millones, de años en el futuro donde la expansión espacial llevo a que se colonizaran una gran cantidad de planetas, cada uno con sus particularidades en cuanto a ...more
Kevin Anderson
Just because I'm giving this 4 stars doesn't mean I didn't love reading it. I regularly fell asleep with my book in my hands this week because I wanted to squeeze a little more Haviland Tuf into my day.

This book is hugely fun. The other reviews are all very accurate, so know what to expect before reading this - There is never any real concern for our protagonist, or that his solutions might not solve the problem at hand, each of the stories follows a similar formula, and Tuf is not an endearing
I'd never heard of this book/series of short stories Martin wrote back in the early 80s.

There's a reason for that.

The first story, in which Tuf and a band of mercenaries find and squabble over an enormous, incredibly powerful derelict starship, is quite frankly terrible. Really, truly awful. If I hadn't been trapped on a train, I never would have bothered finishing it. The plot is fairly predictable, even when it thinks it's being clever. Every single character is a cardboard cut-out, and if he
To be honest, I bailed on this book before giving it the prolonged reading others will but hopefully my reasons will become at least a little understandable.

Frankly, in comparison to the science fiction of say Philip K. Dick or Arthur C Clarke, this reads far much more like a Chaucer-style bawdy medieval romp juxtaposed into a space background.
Lots of pointlessly over the top dialogue and overly long words that will help put off all but the most diehard of GRRM fans let alone sci-fi fans.

I'll be
George R. R. Martin is prolific but not punctual – and so as millions await the next installment of The Song of Ice and Fire, Bantam Books had to settle for repackaging a series of Martin’s novellas to try and satisfy the masses.

“Tuf Voyaging” (Bantam, $16, 440 pages) chronicles the adventures of the rather odd Haviland Tuf in a familiar space opera setting: Tramp freighters flitting from world to world in a wide universe melded together by various federations and alliances.

There are seven piec
Jay Michaels
While many fantasy fans have been going ga-ga over the cable TV adaption of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones book series, I prefer this particular collection of his stories instead.

The basic premise is simple: What would you do if you found yourself in possession of a giant genetic engineering laboratory? Martin explores the moral and ethical dilemmas involved through protagonist Haviland Tuf, who finds mushrooms and cats equally delectable for completely different reasons. (Hint: The forme
I heard about the re-release of GRRM's sci-fi collection of stories, titled Tuf Voyaging, from a WSJ review that claimed it was better than Game of Thrones. The story centers on Haviland Tuf as he comes into posession of a genetic engineering lab/space ship, the Ark. The collection of stories can be read separately be a few have recurring characters. The scope is much less "epic" than Game of Thrones, and is less about the political chess game between a large variety of characters than it is abo ...more
First things first, I think "Tuf," the main character, is a total George Martin Mary-Sue character. That is to say, Mr. Martin is writing about himself flying around in space and saving worlds. Tuf is a cat-loving vegetarian who does not enjoy being touched and employs archaic English laced with mythological references. He rocks at a space-"Settlers of Catan" and likes to rest his hands on top of the gut he developed due to a love of food that many of the poor or austere supporting characters fi ...more
Joe Lenihan
Tuf Voyaging was one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. While this is a collection of short stories all containing Haviland Tuf, the stories flowed and built off each other making it feel like a psuedo novel. Perhaps the best thing about this collection was that every single story was fascinating and had a satisfying end and even more than that was the character of Tuf himself. It was rare to read a single bit of dialogue and not smile the entire time. Tuf manages to use a strict bal ...more
Pen Clements
I actually prefer these short stories to the whole Game of Thrones series. Tuf is such a great anti-hero. He is overweight, stolid and somewhere along the autistic spectrum when it comes to communicating with humans. Cats are a different matter.

Tuf is a mix of enviromental scientist, terraformer and xeno-biologist, a space age Noah with a rocket ship for an ark. He travels through space seeking employment and ends up being contracted to fix ecological problems, usually the fault of new settlers
Miles Reid-lobatto

I'm sure I'm admitting some sort of huge heresy here, but I honestly prefer the things George R.R Martin has written that isn't 'A Song of Ice and Fire' related. Haviland Tuf is a fantastic creation, larger than life and in a way, almost Doctor Who-esque and the stories interesting and thought provoking in SF's great tradition. While the book is more a collection than a novel, (with the opening story 'The Plague Star' written for the book to show how Tuf found himself getting the Super-Ship Ark
M C Chen
This is my first George Martin book. After reading this I googled the author then I knew the song of ice and fire. To be honest I never really finish the song of ice and fire, although Arya is my favourite. Maybe I'll open that book as long as Martin finish it.
Tuf's ownership to this EEC ship is a coincidence. Maybe the ship slept in space and darkness for centuries just waiting for him. He is the one for this ship, when such a power could only be taken by a single person. All the others have s
I've read this in 2003 in a heavy sci-fi obsession phase I went through and the story stuck in my head as having an unexpected hero (more charming/likable than I would have thought in the beginning) and an interesting, smart sci-fi plot worthy of a classic.
I still haven't read any other George RR Martin book, and for I while I was convinced that the author of the now very fashionable Song of Ice and Fire has to be someone else. My confusion came from the fact that back in 2003 when I mentioned h
I love it! This is my first Martin book and I fell love this it from then on. I never felt western(sorry I'm a Chinese girl) so detailed in describe a character. Can you believe the Sailia(the fat woman who could never be satisfied with the others)is that stupid? At the end if the story I felt sorry for Tory Muni. She is truly a widow on her own history, the revolution holder for all her planet. You have nothing to do when nature and population had such tough relationship. Control. Control. Noth ...more

Nonostante le numerose dettagliate descrizioni, è stato difficile per me non immaginarmi il protagonista con le sembianze di Georgione Martin perchè... si. Perchè un tizio eccentrico (la sua prima nave commerciale si chiama "Cornucopia di eccellenti merci a basso prezzo") dalla parlata pomposa seduto su una sedia con in braccio un gatto telepatico non può che essere lui, basta aggiungere berretto e bretellone variopinte.

Il libro è una serie di racconti con protagonista Haviland Tuf, geniere ecol
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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