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Tuf Voyaging

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,570 Ratings  ·  519 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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Jul 30, 2015 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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
Jul 11, 2013 Harris rated it it was ok
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
Sep 30, 2012 Trish rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2015 Monica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pherhaps-read, sci-fi
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.
Jan 08, 2012 Alytha rated it really liked it
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
Jun 02, 2015 Catalin Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In sfarsit o carte sf foarte buna. Nici nu se poate "compara" cu multele carti superpremiate din ultimii ani.
Jan 29, 2016 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho el personaje que Martin ha creado, con muchos matices, nada convencional y más profundo de lo que a simple vista parece. Algo que sin duda destacaría de él es su manera de hablar, que sin pretenderlo me ha hecho reír múltiples veces.
Es cierto que, excepto en el primer "episodio", continúa usando el mismo patrón (intro, nudo y desenlace) en la que Tuf resuelve un problema. Aún así creo que todo el tema de la genética y la ecología está tratado de una manera más que satisfacto
Jan 12, 2015 ᴏᴍᴀɪʀᴀ rated it liked it  ·  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
Althea Ann
Mar 03, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...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
Kimberly Carrington-Fox
Menudo coñazo, no veía la hora de terminarlo
Feb 21, 2013 Juan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2016 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2014 Rebecca rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Jun 28, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
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Tuf Voyaging
by George R.R. Martin
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 be
May 09, 2013 Benediktas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2016 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cabe decir, antes de iniciar una crítica de una de los trabajos más emblemáticos de Martin, que no sólo existe el mundo de Poniente y los personajes de la famosa saga de fantasía épica. George R.R. Martin también ha escrito mucha ciencia ficción, y muy buena aunque poco reconocida a nivel internacional. Hoy toca hablar de una de estas novelas, Los viajes de Tuf (1986).

El género de la space opera, las aventuras espaciales y otros temas similares siempre ha estado funcionando en mayor o menor med
Sep 20, 2014 Noemi rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2014 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryan Alexander
Nov 30, 2014 Bryan Alexander rated it liked it
Shelves: sf, space-opera
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
Oct 22, 2014 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 20, 2015 Aleshanee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"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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Jan 11, 2016 Nathan rated it really liked it
I'm an infrequent reader; however, I did quite enjoy this book. I have aimlessly picked up a few books over the last few years in an attempt to rekindle my interest in reading, and many of them were read with a measure of reluctance and insincerity. When I stumbled upon this book, I was hooked rather thoroughly. I was actually excited to come home from work and continue my progress. Tuf is an entertaining character and I enjoyed his sarcastic and hardly merciful approach to humankind's follies 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
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
-Desde un comienzo muy notable, se desliza hacia abajo con bastante oficio.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Conjunto de siete relatos relacionados (más un prólogo) hasta el Fix-Up, escritos desde mediados de los años setenta hasta mediados de los ochenta, que nos presentan al mercader independiente Haviland Tuf, todo un personaje, cómo termina al mando de una nave capaz de ejecutar complejos trabajos de ingeniería bio-ecológica y a qué tipo de tareas se enfrenta con ella.

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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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