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Gateway (Heechee Saga #1)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  20,725 ratings  ·  609 reviews
Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe...and on reaches of unimaginable horror. When prospector Robinette Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Rob Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 12th 2004 by Del Rey (first published 1977)
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Joel
Can you like a book when you kind of hate the main character? Especially when that character is the first-person narrator? The answer, for me, for this book anyway, is apparently "not all that much."

Gateway is one of those sci-fi classics that I am supposed to have absorbed if I want to consider myself well read in the genre. It's one of the rare Hugo/Nebula double winners (not to mention the Locus and Campbell awards, which pretty much covers all of them)! It is by one of the stalwarts of geek...more
Manny
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Apatt
I remember reading this when I was 15 or so, I did not like it. I have no recollection of why I did not like it. Now it is years later and I am at the age of (view spoiler), having just re-read the book I can tell you why I did not like it then and why I do like it now. Like my 15 year old self I went in expect a Big Dumb Object fun times, something along the line of Rendezvous With Rama, what I ended up reading turn out to be a fairly slow moving characte...more
Mark
Dec 30, 2010 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: sciencefiction
"Gateway" by Frederik Pohl has long been considered a classic of Science Fiction and deservedly so. It's earned its status honestly and is one of the best books I have ever read.

What separates this from the myriad other science fiction and fantasy offerings out there?

It's the characters.

The Plot

Gateway is an asteroid in our Solar System that was hollowed out and made into a base of operations by the mysterious ancient alien race known as the "Heechee". They abandoned it long before mankind stop...more
Stephen
4.0 stars. I just re-read this story on May 13, 2010 after having first read it back in 1998. The downgrade from 4.5 stars to 4.0 stars has less to do with the quality of this book (which I still think is excellent) and more to do with the quality of other books I have read since my first reading of Gateway which have caused me to rasie the bar somewhat.

This is still a "classic SF story" that is worthy of the title and one that I recommend to any fan of science fiction. It is not as dated as ma...more
Ania
Apr 05, 2012 Ania rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Ania by: goodreads, because I read "Ender's game", "Speaker for the dead" and "the left hand of darkness"
At first I was so excited about this book. I mean think about it: a long gone race of super intelligent beings leave us with an inheritance of a gateway to 1000 locations where unspeakable riches, both financial and scientific, await their rediscovery. The premise sounds great, right? I mean who wouldn't wanna go on an adventure in outer space? To discover just what it is that we've inherited? (And we did, I mean the Heechees left everything in pristine condition, just waiting for us.)

So there I...more
Michael Fennelly
Mar 19, 2007 Michael Fennelly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
It's not often that a science fiction novel transcends the genre. Sci-fi authors tend to be singularly focused on their techy premises, more often than not. Human interaction within the genre is often stilted and corny, like the under-developed social skills of a geeky computer science prof. This book is a wonderful exception to the rule. Besides the get-rich-quick plot and the heady scenerio of a black hole and time-stands-still event horizon, the book is funny, sad and thought provoking. It's...more
Abe
I read this book in 2006 — 30 years after it was first published — and it immediately shot up to my top 10 list of science fiction books. It is highly original, entertaining and thought provoking. It loses none of it's wow! even 30 years after it was written.
Sam
Apr 11, 2008 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
Frederik Pohl is a very good writer, reminiscent of Robert Silverberg - Silverberg is better with characterization and his literary skills are a half-step above, but Pohl's ability to manipulate large amounts of plot arc at a surgical level is incredible and they both create vivid, realistic seeming worlds with real, living characters, none of the Azimov cardboard men, and both develop their themes subtly through plot and characterization, rather than through preachy dialog and other cheap mecha...more
Oscar
Tenía pendiente desde hace tiempo la lectura de este clásico reciente de la ciencia ficción, la única novela hasta la fecha en alzarse con tres de los grandes premios del género: Hugo, Nebula y John W. Campbell Memorial. Y reconozco que he disfrutado mucho leyéndola.

La historia está protagonizada y narrada en primera persona por Robinette Broadhead, del que en principio sólo sabemos de sus charlas con Sigfrid, su psicólogo, que es una máquina, una inteligencia artificial. En capítulos alternos a...more
Leave My
I wanted to like this book but ended up annoyed and slightly disgusted. I was hopeful at first because the sci-fi elements were interesting and seems to have potential (the Heechee ships, Gateway, the food mines etc). I'd also recently finished his enjoyable capitalist-dystopian novels The Space Merchants and sequel The Merchants' War.

Sadly there is nothing to like about Pohl's protagonist in this novel, in fact Bob is a despicable human being on all accounts (and not in an intentionally anti-h...more
Simon
Mankind has discovered an ancient alien artefact in our solar system; a gateway that contains thousands of spaceships that people can ride in only they can't control where they go or how long they'll be gone. It might take them to untold riches if they discover useful alien remains or it might deposit them dangerously close to a neutron star or it might simply take then on a journey far longer than their life support system will hold out for.

Our protagonist Bob gets a lucky break from his life i...more
Jonathan Cullen
Jan 14, 2011 Jonathan Cullen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: robot psychiatrists and their patients
The fact that I cannot give Gateway a higher rating is almost certainly a consequence of my expectations. From the description, I thought this was going to be some hard(ish) sci-fi, perhaps with some space opera overtones revolving around the risk of space travel by unknown means to unknown destinations. Some of these expectations were met, but this is not such a novel.

Gateway centers on space-prospector Robinette Broadhead (yes, that's right) and the mysterious starships left behind by an appar...more
sologdin
Nutshell: Boy named Sue wins lottery twice, whines about it to AI psychiatrist.

Two narrative strands drive inexorably toward the crisis point, an encounter with a quantum singularity. First strand is prospective account of things said & done by narrator from his birth to the black hole, whereas second strand is sessions with robot therapist, retrospective, peeling back narrator's defects in order to arrive again at the black hole. Third strand escapes the pull of the singularity through rand...more
Bill
This is one I'd been meaning to read forever. Gateway has a great premise, one which leads to great anticipation of wonders and mystery. Gateway is a docking station, left behind by an alien species,
the Heechee. It's like a giant asteroid, stocked with ships programmed to travel to destinations light-years away and then return.
Bob Broadhead has won the lottery, his ticket off an overpopulated
and bleak Earth to Gateway, where missions on these ships bring either death or wealth...you just have t...more
Sarah Sammis
At a time of food shortages, a crashing world economy and recently expensive fuel, Gateway by Frederik Pohl is relevant and contemporary. Told in flashback through a series of conversations between a patient and his psychiatrist, Gateway, is an account of Robinette Broadhead's time on Gateway, an alien outpost.

Gateway captures the feeling of adventure of the classic frontier stories bringing to mind the works of Daniel Defoe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London and Jules Verne. Gateway is both a...more
Megan Baxter
Frederik Pohl is still alive? Wow. And won a Hugo as recently as last year, for his blog. That I will have to check out. This is a guy who has been around science fiction for a long time, as a writer and as an editor. And Gateway was my first introduction to his work. Let me just go add him to the list of authors I want to read more of.... (That's not rhetorical - it's on a Sticky on my desktop.) I will want to be reading more of his work.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to t...more
Ana
There's some SF books out there you just want to cuddle and do hush-baby-hush noises to, just because they're so awesome. Hell yeah, "Gateway" is one of them.

Beautiful story, beautiful setting for a SF novel and really hard to make it in the industry with such big names in this specific style, that I think Frederik Pohl deserves every applause there is.

Won (WTF SO MANY): Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, John W. Campbell Award for Best Scie...more
Mike Moore
This book is basically a character study of a somewhat pathetic and reprehensible person. The setting is fairly well realized. It would be more interesting if there were any chance or hint that we would ever find out anything about why/how the setting came to be. Perhaps later books in the series deal more with the HeeChee, why Gateway exists, the political makeup of the earth and colonies etc.

But this book isn't about that. It's about Bob Broadhead, a cowardly and not terribly bright prospector...more
Jonah
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Rafal Jasinski
Science-fiction naprawdę wysokiej próby! Znakomicie przemyślana fabuła, serwowana w dwutorowej, sukcesywnie się uzupełniającej narracji. Uwielbiam tego typu fantastykę, kiedy na początku wiemy bardzo niewiele, a potem autor w mniej lub bardziej dyskretny sposób podsuwa nam pewne (czasem mocno mylące) tropy. A dodatkowo nad wszystkim ciąży piętno wielkiej tajemnicy zaginionej cywilizacji Heechów...

Kupiły mnie, przede wszystkim, dwa pomysły. Pierwszy, to przedstawienie stacji-artefaktu Heechów, ja...more
Erik Graff
Dec 20, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SF readers
Recommended to Erik by: The Science Fiction Book Club
Shelves: sf
"Gateway's a hollow asteroid, constructed by the Heechee, a vanished alien race, as a spaceport. It was discovered by an explorer on Venus, who found a small ship, fiddled with the controls, triggering its return to its home port, Gateway. Once there, he was unable to figure out how to get back. Before he committed suicide, he signalled Gateway's location.
The asteroid contains nearly a thousand small starships. Using them is a dangerous gamble. Heechee technology is so advanced that humans can...more
Nick
I cannot recommend this book. Like alot of science fiction, it is false advertising. The books claims it is about exploring the unknown through these mysterious Heechee spacecraft found on the gateway. The problem is that the book is not about that . the book is about one pscyco guy who is a complete ass-hole. I had 0 sympathy for this guy, and just when you start liking him, he beats the crap out of his girlfriend after she slept with someone else, even though he himself just slept with someone...more
Josh
Considering that Gateway has received multiple science fiction awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and John W. Campbell award, I had very high expectations. Gateway is indeed a creative story, but it suffers from one terrible flaw that made it much less enjoyable than it could have been.

The story is told by Robinette "Bob" Broadhead from two time frames. The first is presumed to be the present and takes place in the office of his AI psychotherapist whom Bob calls "Sigfrid von Shrink." The...more
Jakob
Mar 21, 2011 Jakob rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Gateway is an interesting mix of Freudian psychology and Scifi. Basically you have the main character recalling the main story through his sessions with his machine brain analyst. Despite hating his Dr. Freud machine and liberally telling it so, our main character Robinette finds the sessions helpful to deal with his pain. He doesn't really know where the pain stems from since he's repressed parts of his memories. Besides dealing with this we get the occasional comments about Oedipal feelings an...more
Robert Delikat
After a rather long hiatus from writing reviews, one would think that I would return with one about a well received book. Unfortunately, this is not to be the case. I was enticed to read this book based on a great review by Ryan who, it turns out, writes a great review about not so great a book. He said he read the book several times since he was a kid. While it is not a particularly interesting adult book, it is definitely Not a “kids’ book.” This book managed to capture not only the Hugo award...more
Ron
Outstanding, especially in light of its 1976 copyright. Pace was a bit slow, but the reader quickly identifies the alternating chapter time shifts and settled into waiting for the amply hinted at denouement.

Many glaring anachronisms, but even more noteworthy is Pohl's imagining what such a discovery (no, I'm not telling) would have made on 70s culture. He set his book a century later, but everything except the overpopulation (and resulting issues) is vintage 70s. A reader might quibble about th...more
Cristina
La culpabilidad es un sentimiento universal. Todos la hemos sentido en algún momento y conocemos en mayor o menor medida sus efectos. Implica valorar negativamente alguna de nuestras acciones pasadas, intencionadas o no, y revivir constantemente dicha negatividad. Lo curioso es que el tiempo no sirve necesariamente para amortiguar este sentimiento y sus secuelas pueden llegar a ser extraordinariamente desequilibrantes para el individuo. Además, es fuente inagotable de célebres obras literarias,...more
Aramys
Que fantástica novela, en dos sentadas me la he leído, el mundo de Pórtico me parecido muy bueno, el personaje genial, los viajes...todo la verdad, una sorpresa muy agradable, una gran novela.
Daniel
I read this sometime in high school. My father had all five of the Heechee books, and I thought it might be neat to get into them. I read at least the first two. I thought the first was an interesting take on interstellar travel that is enabled by the introduction of alien technology. Pohl does a good job developing personalities that respond to this haphazard nature of travel, and introduces a bigger plot that opens up a good mystery. Who knows, maybe I'll revisit these someday.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor & 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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