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Tuf Voyaging

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,656 ratings  ·  446 reviews
From the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of The Song of Ice and Fire series: Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader who likes cats. So how is it that, in competition with the worst villains the universe has to offer, he's become the proud owner of the last seedship of Earth's legendary Ecological Engineering Corps? Never mind, just be thankful that the most pow ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published February 15th 1986)
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This is a very odd George RR Martin book that I picked up randomly. It's almost serialized into 5 parts, but holds together nicely as a book. It's about a very odd trader who basically gets possession of the most powerful ship in the galaxy, and how he uses it to help people. Or...hinder them. And underneath the stories there are VERY powerful environmental and animal rights messages, it's kind of amazing and dark and has an amazing sense of humor. Definitely a really fun ride, I have to check i ...more
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
Jan 12, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Iniciados en la ciencia ficción.
Recommended to ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ by: Descubrí este libro hace años haciendo una presentación sobre G.R.R Martin.


"El blanco es el color de la pureza y la estrella está purificando este lugar. Y,sin embargo, a su contacto todo se corrompe y muere."

¡Atención! No leáis la sinopsis del libro pues contiene spoilers.

Nos encontramos ante siete relatos en los que nos cuentan algunas aventuras de Tuf, un mercader que por unas razones o por otras terminará trabajando en una profesión muy especial, que por varias razones no puedo desvelar porque sino os haría spoiler del primer relato.

Mis notas de cada rel
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
Catalin Maria
In sfarsit o carte sf foarte buna. Nici nu se poate "compara" cu multele carti superpremiate din ultimii ani.
...Ecology is still a subject a lot of science fiction steers clear of. Martin gives it a try in this collection but on the whole it is closer to a satirical work than a scientifically accurate one. That being said, I did enjoy reading this collection again. The humour is part of it, but I also simply enjoyed the writing. Despite writing them out of chronological order, Martin manages to get a development in the character from a humble and eccentric trader in The Plague Star to a near megomaniac ...more
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
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
Oct 25, 2008 Leelan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Menudo coñazo, no veía la hora de terminarlo
For any George R. R. Martin fan, you should already know what to expect. He is one of those authors whose writing style is recognisable no matter what genre of book he is writing. His particular style makes the books easy to read, keeping you interested from start to end, constantly curious as to what happens next. Whilst this book does not follow the path of his most famous series (A Song of Ice and Fire) it is a great book for any of his fans or anyone who simply loves a good sci-fi book.

The b
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
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
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
"Macht korrumpiert, heißt es, und absolute Macht korrumpiert absolut." S. 229


Die Menschheit hat sich in den unendlichen Weiten des Weltalls ausgebreitet. Überall sind neue Siedlungen entstanden, und jede Welt birgt neue Gefahren. Als der interplanetarische Händler Haviland Tuf eines der letzten Saatschiffe der Erde erwirbt, beginnt seine Odyssee quer durch den Weltraum. Eine Odyssee, auf der Haviland Tuf vom einfachen Händler zum gefeierten Retter der Menschheit wird …

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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
This entertaining read was suggested to me by Goodreads member Sully. My only prior exposure to Martin's work had been the mythology-laced Game of Thrones. In contrast, this is a sci-fi dystopian novel set in a remote future.

Life seems normal until Mr. Tuf, a minor interstellar trader, gets hold of the most powerful spaceship in the universe, bestowing him god-like powers to transform the ecology of planets. Moral questions besiege his actions, of course. Can a person make decisions affecting an
Richard M. Sala
Aunque haya cuentos muy buenos, como Guardianes, la trama general, mediada mucho por la historia de S'uthlam termina cansando, siendo de temática religiosa (interesante pero al final previsible).
Es recomendable por ser un buen experimento, pero se queda en ello.

P.D. La versión kindle de Nova - Ediciones B contribuye al desazón.
La traducción se nota florecida y barroca (comparo Guardianes de la versión en Dreamsongs de Gigamesh y hay una adecuación de vocabulario y frases destacable hacia una pro
It took me a while to read this so maybe my review is so weak because I kept having to stop and return to it – but I just couldn't stay engaged with this book. Like most of Martin's writing, I felt like much of the story was extended far longer than necessary. I liked the format of the book, which is basically a set of short stories involving Tuf's adventures, with one returning story line. But even the returning story line (with Tolly Mune) eventually lost vigor, and definitely didn't deliver b ...more
Haviland Tuf is an unsuccessful but honest trader who accidentally becomes a sole owner and crew of an ancient and gigantic seedship from Old Earth that was designed for ecological warfare. Throughout his voyage he finds himself helping different nations in their plights (happening mostly because of human stupidity or greed or both) for a fee although he claims he is an altruist. Being in charge of such a ship changes him and his moral conceptions become at best dubious because it is a truth uni ...more
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
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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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