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The Gateway Trip (Heechee Saga #5)

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Here is a collection of short pieces about the many marvelous discoveries made by humankind using Heechee technology. Each piece includes illustrations by Kelly Freas.
Paperback, 245 pages
Published December 13th 1991 by Del Rey Books (first published 1990)
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Nov 14, 2014 Claudia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Although is not a sequel, it contains the journeys made by first prospectors after finding the Heechee ships, stories told by Audee Walthers, known to readers from the previous books in the series. It doesn't really bring anything new - just few more events and consequences of what Heechee meant to humankind.
SF. These short stories fill in some of the holes left by the Heechee novels. They probably would have had more of an impact on me if the novels themselves weren't mostly one big hole in my memory, but I recognized most of the characters and stories these vignettes allude to. It's basically a clip show. It wouldn't make much sense to someone who hasn't read the Heechee novels, and if you have read them, you probably don't need to read this as there's not much new information in them. The longest ...more
Cuando nos ha gustado un libro o una saga, siempre hemos querido saber más sobre ese mundo, esos personajes o esas situaciones que se hablan de pasada en la historia principal pero que por motivos de ritmo literario (es decir, no hacer libros de 1500 páginas) no tienen cabida.
Pues Frederik Pohl reúne en esta colección de relatos todas esas misiones de los exploradores de Pórtico que siempre hemos querido saber, cómo fue la primera llegada de un Heechee a la Tierra, o cómo fue el primer contacto
Victor Villaseñor
Oct 01, 2014 Victor Villaseñor rated it really liked it
subió mucho del 3 y 4, no alcanza al primero ni al segundo , pero hace que te den muchas ganas de volverlos a leer.

Lean Portico, tiene de los cierres más canijos que me ha tocado leer
Dec 23, 2016 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, short-stories
The Merchant of Venus is a great addition to the Heechee environment, the rest of this short book added little and felt like filler.
Sep 02, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
I didn't even know about this book even after having read Pohl's other Heechee books. I am glad I discovered it though as not only filling in some holes in the Heechee background I rather enjoyed Pohl's scientific extrapolations at the core of some of the stories. I know Pohl had a good scientific background and throwing in some of the basics of star development, the evolution of life, astronomics, and other fundamental science really made a difference to me. I am sorry to see the master pass aw ...more
Aug 05, 2013 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book comprehensively covers the Heechee series through the first two books and then some.

The fiction is essentially framed as Pohl's notes on the Heechee. The strongest parts of the book are vignettes and a short story about the Gateway prospectors. They are entertaining stories that return to the mysteries of the Heechee and the uncertainty of space travel. As the book progresses, the stories are overtaken by Pohl's material on the Heechee, which is thorough but told elsewhere in the Heech
_The Gateway Trip_ is an odd bird. Released after the "final" Heechee novel, it contains an adaption of the graphic novel version of "The Merchants of Venus", vignettes of Gateway explorations, and some great illustrations by Frank Kelly Freas which may or may not jive with your well-established vision of what Gateway and the Heechee ships look like. The book is certainly better than _Annals_, despite being a rehash of old territory; Pohl recaptures a little of the claustrophobic, hopeless feel ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Vicvicente rated it liked it
Muy interesante en muchos aspectos pero deja demasiadas cosas en el aire. La cultura Heeche es toda un desconocimiento absoluto y por lo tanto es muy extraño que el futuro esté basado en una cultura desconocida por completo. En el libro se centran demasiado en el drama humano del prostector, a nivel psicológico, cosa que realmente no me parece tan significativa. Buen material pero no termina de rematarse.
Attila Benő
May 21, 2016 Attila Benő rated it really liked it
The Heechee saga is a great science-fiction series for anyone who is thinking about the possibilities of other civilizations. The story starts out really interesting, the first few books in the series are full of surprises. However, it gets a little shallow towards the end, so this book in the series is only 4 stars from me.
Rich Meyer
Jan 12, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2013
Definitely the least of a truly great science fiction saga, this book of short stories is, quite simply, boring. The longest piece is yet another reprint of "The Merchants of Venus", and most of the other tales related history and events that has already been exposited in the other books of the series.
Jul 23, 2013 Foxtower rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
This becomes kind of a simplified summary of much of the Heechee saga, with enough new stories (the tales and vignettes) to make it entertaining and even add a little bit of depth to the larger saga. Stress on "little".
Jul 18, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#5 in the Heechee series.

SciFi - The Gateway Trip : tales and vignettes of the Heechee is a novella and 9 short stories of the Heechee's visit to the Solar System 500 million years ago and subsequent attempts to understand the artifacts they left behind.

Starts out a bit hard on the brain at first but once you get sucked in, your in until your done. The last of a missing or died out civilization and how a new civilization reaps the benefits.
Sep 06, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing
The Heechee Saga is a great set of books! I've read them twice through and wouldn't mind reading them again. Action, adventure, great characters and great writing. What more can you ask for? :)
Mark Broadhead
Jan 31, 2013 Mark Broadhead rated it it was amazing
The main protagonist is called Broadhead so I'm a little biased in rating this book.
José Antonio
No conocía estos relatos, salvo el de los túneles de Venus. De no ser por el podcast Los Retronautas me lo hubiera perdido, así que les debo (de nuevo) agradecimiento.
Apr 05, 2010 Gendou rated it did not like it
An OK story about a boy on Venus sandwiched between boring recap of the previous Heechee books. Nothing really new is explored.
Jun 30, 2012 William rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Pohl has made a living of his Heechee tales, and rightly so. Good science fiction premises combined with above average writing make Pohl a master of his craft.
Jun 25, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing
A good, solid Heechee novel.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Heechee Saga (6 books)
  • Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1)
  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Heechee Saga, #2)
  • Heechee Rendezvous (Heechee Saga, #3)
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