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The Annals of the Heechee (Heechee Saga #4)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,997 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Deep inside a nearly solid ball of energy called the kugelblitz, just outside the halo of the Milky Way, lurked the would-be destroyers of the universe.

Humans called them the Foe. Heechee called them the Assassins. No creature that had ever seen them had lived to tell the tale. But ancient ruins scattered about the galaxy, and the shattered remnants of races such as the Sl
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Hardcover, 338 pages
Published March 12th 1987 by Ballantine Books (first published 1987)
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Jeraviz
Aug 31, 2015 Jeraviz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Una vez terminada la saga, las sensaciones son muy buenas, y con eso me quedo. La historia global de los 4 libros es de las mejores que he leído. El protagonista, Robinette Broadhead, es un gran personaje que a pesar de sus miedos, inseguridades y sentimientos de culpa sigue adelante y hace lo que debe hacer.
La mezcla de ciencia y ciencia ficción se encarna perfectamente en el programa informático "Albert Einstein" que acompaña a Robin a lo largo de los libros. Que consiga explicar el Big Bang,
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David Chess
(All quantities approximate)

Pages of interesting ideas, total: 15

Pages of interesting ideas not already presented earlier in the series: 2

Pages of plot or character development: 20

Pages of actual action: 10

Pages of Robinette Broadhead being annoyingly moody and whiny for no apparent reason: 120

Pages of poorly-explained cosmological theory to which everyone overreacts: 30

Pages of endless repetitive tedious repetition over and over again in a redundant and repetitive way which repeats itself many
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Chris Friend
Mar 22, 2009 Chris Friend rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody at all.
Recommended to Chris by: Nobody at all. (Gee, wonder why.)
Okay, so the second star is only because it ends the series and puts it (and therefore the reader) out of its misery.

Droning, pedantic, and genuinely uninteresting enough to warrant such a long production, this book really doesn't provide enough to validate its existence. If the author would remove the number of times he makes a big deal out of the fact that things for a machine-stored intelligence aren't real, but rather electronic constructions in a computer system, the book would be half as b
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Rodrigo Aguerre
Aug 04, 2014 Rodrigo Aguerre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La saga de los Heechee de Frederik Pohl, fue una de las saga de ciencia ficcion que mas me gusto y disfrute mucho de leer.

Con esta utima entrega, atravese por muchos estados de animo diferentes mientras la leia. Cuando comence con ella, aun persistia en mi, la sensacion de que la saga habria tenido un final estupendo con el tercer libro. Es decir, la humanidad finalmente viajaba por la galaxia a placer; cuando el cuerpo de las personas no podia seguir adelante, la mente era preservada y la vida
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Adam
It was an interesting book, but not nearly as good as the rest in the series. As other reviewers here have stated, the over-repetition of explaining how their "virtual" or "machine-stored" lives worked really got old and was unnecessary. It was certainly interesting and curious at first but didn't need to be re-explained and in the same manner so often throughout the book. Also, Pohl seemed to try to bring back more of the angst / ennui into the main character than was present in the last two no ...more
Gendou
Dec 09, 2009 Gendou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tedious. Pohl take a valiant risk by introducing a huge chunk of astrophysics, but ruins it by foot-dragging aimed at keeping the reader "entertained". Of the Heechee series, this book stretches credulity the thinnest: the main character is a stored intelligence, psychic powers are a major plot point, godlike beings of pure energy who's origin predates baryogenesis living in black holes, etc. A good science fiction book tweaks one aspect of reality and explores the consequences; this book isn't ...more
Tom Charles
Oct 10, 2014 Tom Charles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of the first book, or even of the first few books, please, do yourself a favour and leave this book on the shelf. You'll learn nothing new in here, and I seriously doubt there's anything new to be gleaned in the final book, which I won't be reading. There is no story to speak of, and there aren't really any characters to speak of. Robin Broodhead's character arc ended in the final pages of 'Gateway' but 'Beyond the Blue Event Horizon' teased out a continuation of that arc when re ...more
Tomislav
Nov 22, 2014 Tomislav rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"I think I should review a little at this point." I never want to read that sentence again. Too much of this book is rehashing things that have already happened in the three prior Heechee novels, albeit from newly expanded perspectives. Other parts seemed like paste-ups of unused background material Pohl might have developed while writing the earlier novels. There is a story in there though, mostly set in the vastly sped up cybernetic world into which Robinette Broadhead was uploaded after his p ...more
Claudia
Jan 24, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Every time I finish a saga like this, I find myself in awe to the respective author's imagination. All the original concepts, the worlds and events imagined are nothing but incredible. And Pohl's Universe has not just all the above features but much, much more...
Juan Gallardo Ivanovic
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Samuel76
May 12, 2016 Samuel76 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lem_5, cosmo_oro, scat_21
Ciclo degli heechee
Ho finito poco fa di leggere il quarto ed ultimo libro di questo ciclo.
Considerandolo nel complesso, la storia risulta essere molto gradevole e bella alla lettura, la fantascienza non è esasperata (come piace a me) e la fluidità delle parole per come sono scritte (o tradotte) allettano la mia mente.
Il primo libro, particolare, lascia alla fine un amaro in boca, del tipo: 'e mò?!', 'dove sta la fantascienza?!'
Ma, anche se è un controsenso quanto starò per dire, è un amaro dolce
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Rafal Jasinski
Nieco rozczarowujące zakończenie serii, zwłaszcza w pierwszej, nazbyt rozwleczonej, pierwszej połowie. Po raz kolejny Pohl wprowadza postaci, obdarowuje je obszernym, rozpisanym na wiele stron dossier, by potem wykorzystać ich w marginalnych - choć z wyjątkami - wątkach, a w każdym bądź razie wątkach, które znajdują nazbyt szybkie, niewspółmierne do żmudnego ich rozwijania i, rzekłbym, wymagające od czytelnika, pewnej dozy naiwności, rozwiązania.

Druga połowa zdecydowanie lepsza. Autor konsekwent
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 2001.

The Heechee series, which begins with Gateway, is a classic. It is very traditional science fiction, but the quality of the ideas and the writing raise it well above the commonplace. I remember reading the first three novels for the first time when this was published, which is when I bought it; for it to have left as strong an impression on me as that, I must have found it an inspiring read.

The other thing I can remember is that The Annals of th
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Juan Bosco
En el cuarto libro de la saga de los Heechee por fin conocemos al Adversario, Robin Broadhead se pasa a ser uno con la internet, vuelven los terroristas y los Heechee pierden toda el aura de misterio de los libros anteriores. Esto último es quizás lo que más me decepcionó de este libro, después de que en las partes anteriores te cuentan de los increíbles logros tecnológicos de los Heechee en esta historia se reducen a ser los vecinos nuevos de los humanos. Es más, son mostrados como incompetente ...more
Robert
Jun 28, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book and while I basically enjoyed it I did find it tedious and also full of Pohl's personality. The story is from a first person perspective of the primary protagonist, Robinette Broadhead, and exhibits his cynicism, optimism, religious beliefs, hangups, etc. The story concerns the assassins, the alien beings living in the klugelblitz, that intend to collapse the universe so a new big bang changes everything to their liking. On the way we follow three young people who are u ...more
Jeff Daly
I listened to the Audible audiobook version, narrated by Oliver Wyman.

Narration: 5/5
Story: 3/5

It was fun. One thing that I got really tired of was how much Robinette Broadhead complained to his programs.
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Deane Saunders-Stowe
Although I enjoyed this book it didn't quite have the same pace and feel as the others in the series. The ending felt somewhat rushed and I really wonder whether Pohl had painted himself into a corner when it came to the resolution of the wider plot; this is unlikely, but the number of pages taken to resolve it gave me that impression, regardless.
The side-plot following a group of children has a nice twist at the point where it collides with the main plotline - it was the first time I've read so
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Marty Fried
Jun 24, 2016 Marty Fried rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I read the first books of this series, and they were interesting, although it was starting to get slow at the end. But I wanted to finish the series while I still remembered the characters, so I kept going. Well, I almost regretted that decision.

The book really started to drag, mostly because of the repeated explanations of the difference between time for living people ("meat" people, they called them) and the electronically-stored versions, who interacted in milliseconds rather than seconds or
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Eran Brodet
Apr 23, 2016 Eran Brodet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Very different then the previous in the series and yet it has the feeling of coming back to something familiar, the same characters and stories that we already know. While as fun as the previous books it has some more sciency parts and a much more epic feel reminiscent of 2001:A Space Odyssey.
José Antonio
Bueno, la saga va perdiendo fuerza a medida que se acerca el final, y en esta ultima entrega las disquisiciones de Albert sobre lo divino y lo humano llegan a hacerse soporíferas. Por suerte Phol logra darle un final coherente y cierra bien la historia
Bookwatcher
Great series
I adored all book BUT the end, this last book. I'm not sure... I don't think it's what this series deserve
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Anyway, great saga.
*applauses*
Pia Mogollon
Oct 20, 2015 Pia Mogollon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OH the Heeche chronicles are so fabulous. So much thought provoking ideology is interwoven into the story of Robinette Broadhead and those he encounters in this futuristic world. Although, the books were written from 1977 to 2004. Pohl is pretty spot on with how technology has advanced. The only thing we noticed whilst reading them (I'm reading aloud to my sweety) is that apparently wasn't able to conceive of bioprinting. Not surprising since it is still a relatively experimental technology. As ...more
Dave
Sep 22, 2015 Dave rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of reviewing of the other 3 books I just read. Maybe it's because of the time it was released or just to make it a stand alone book - I gave up at about page 110 - he kept saying meat. The first book is GREAT! The other 2 are also. Maybe I'll finish it someday in the future.
Olethros
-Traca final.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. Robinette Broadhead disfruta de su nueva existencia exprimiéndola todo lo que puede. La vigilancia del kugelblitz ante la posible llegada de una amenaza continúa, pero no ha sido todo lo diligente que debería por diferentes razones. Humanos y Heechees tratan de desarrollarse en conjunto e incluso de convivir en determinados entornos y situaciones. Último libro de La Saga de los Heechees, aunque hay algún otro ambientado en el mismo univers
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Brad
Sep 15, 2013 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Eric
Jun 24, 2011 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were some great science fiction. The third one wasn't bad either. This novel, on the other hand, was a bit tedious at times. In one part, Albert spent several pages explaining the Big Bang theory. In another part, the main characters were just killing time on a trip across the galaxy, and nothing of consequence really happened. These are just two examples. "The Annals of the Heechee" does neatly tie up many of the loose ends from the prev ...more
Martin
Jan 15, 2015 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
On the verge of boring. Science used was not sound even for layman.
John
Feb 24, 2014 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the final book in the famous Heechee series. I was tremendously disappointed, it wasn't what I was expecting. The Annals of the Heechee seemed to be thrown together as a whole. How very unfortunate.
Sérgio Azevedo
Too slow paced and very repeating about the idea that the main character is bored about how slow the physical world seems to him. Not the best in the series. The actual storyline that we expect to read about takes the final 2 or 3 chapters and feels very unexplored.
Foxtower
Jul 23, 2013 Foxtower rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
Three stars, just barely. Book four continues much like book three where the reader spends far far far too much time in the head of the pathetic narrator and too little time furthering the story of the heechee. Hey Fred, the original adventure was great, and the story line of using the persepctive of a narrator reliving the events unique and entertaining. Somewhere along the line it became all about the sorry narrator wallowing in his own crap and very little adventure. You should his plug after ...more
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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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