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Nightflyers: And other stories

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From #1 bestselling author of A Game of Thrones: Nightflyers, coming to television on SyFy, is an epic story of space exploration and cosmic horror, plus five George R. R. Martin classic science fiction tales.

On a voyage toward the boundaries of the known universe, nine misfit academics seek out first contact with a shadowy alien race.

But another enigma is the Nightflyer
Published March 27th 2018 by Tor Books (first published 1985)
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Manuel Antão
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Indistinguishable SF: "Nightflyers and Other Stories" by George R.R. Martin

Dragons have always been cool, Video games have always been cool, real ale has always been cool. (Union) Rugby has always been cool, Science Fiction has always been cool, and Fantasy has always been cool. Football has always been shit, same as radio 4 depressing plays that the controller seems to think everyone has been to Cambridge/Oxford and therefore they
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that, although I love George R.R. Martin's writing, I didn't have the highest of hopes for this collection of short stories by him, written in the 1970's., simply because author's early works are not always as good as later ones.. and the cheesy cover art didn't help either, I must admit.

However - I was wrong. The stories in this collection are truly top-flight sci-fi, with a horror edge. All demonstrate Martin's amazing talent for characterization, and are both emotionally
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightflyers was ok. I wanted to give this a read before the show comes out. The others were kinda meh. They arent related to Nightflyers. I've never really felt like Martin was an amazing writer, he just has fun plots. If youre in the Mood for awesome scifi where youre wanting the world buidling and plotting of TSOIAF then read The Expanse series. I read one of the short stories a night. Its an easy read but ive read much better scifi. I honestly can see why this didnt really take off to the ...more
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
Ohhh, dear GRRM,

You sneaky son of Nebula and Hugo! How dare you?!? You tricked me. Yes, you did. All I expected was some nice sci-fi, maybe some aliens, maybe some laser guns and tons of flying spaceships. And I would have been satisfied. Completely. But you... You... You made me read horror instead of sci-fi! And it was scary!


Detailed opinions:
Nightflyers - sneaky. Weird. But good. But it's pure horror. The idea is interesting and I also loved the secondary story about volcryn. Even if I still
Jacqueline Patricks
I read the first printing of this back when I was a teen, and I remember it stayed with me for a long time. Such a cool, creepy novella! I loved the two MCs of Nightflyers specifically and their strange romance. I loved the space sci-fi. I loved it so much I still have the original paperback. I go through a lot of books and many of them end up being resold or given away. I have a very short list of books that I keep forever. This was one of them.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This science-fiction novella has a really interesting premise but slightly less interesting execution.

The setting here deserves a lot of praise. The author could easily have produced something quite bland, with a (at first glance) paint-by-numbers environment: it's far in the future; we're following a cast of science academic-types on a high-minded quest; the whole story takes place on a spaceship. Yet, George RR Martin manages to pull off something very cool and compelling with the atmosphere.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightflyers - 3 stars
Override - 4 stars
Weekend in a War Zone - 4 stars
And Seven Times Never Kill Man - 3 stars
Nor the Many-Coloured Fires of a Star Ring - 5 stars
A Song for Lya - 5 stars
Jim C
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the novella with the same name of this book.

Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

This novella is about a crew who explore deep space to observe a mythical race of species. They end up getting more than they bargained for. This is your basic horror story that has deep space as its setting.

I am the type of person who needs to read the source material before the visual rendition is shown and SyFy has made this novella into visual form. Sometimes I am glad that I read the material
Jim Lay
My review is for the novella "Nightflyers" only. I wanted to read it before the SyFy mini-series came out. I wasn't overly impressed, I'm sorry to say. 3.5 stars.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read anything by George R.R. Martin, and someone had recommended this book.
Nightflyers is a collection of short stories, starting with the titular story.

I was EXTREMELY disappointed.
The story is about a scientist who's hired a scientific team & a ship to rendezvous with a supposedly mythical ship that has been traveling the universe for eons. The ship's captain doesn't reveal himself to the scientists, except by hologram, and this becomes a problem for them. They start to
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished but wanting more... Now on to one of the masters of this genre, Asimov.
Mark Tallen
I've enjoyed this scifi story. Martin blends a number of genre fiction types into the story which kept and held my interest throughout.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nightflyers & Other Stories is a collection of odd sci-fi stories with varying amounts of horror added in. The great thing about odd stories is that they are surprising. They have the potential to really hit a sweet spot for a reader. Two hit that spot for me. Your mileage may vary.

"Nightflyers" is a good sci fi story. A small science team sets out to study a legendary sublight alien armada called the volcryn. Unfortunately, they find themselves traveling on a haunted house in space. The
Ruth Harwood
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like a bit of Science Fiction to break up the monotony of ground novels lol! I know it was the Author who first attracted me, & most, to reading this, but it's most definitely a collection very different to any Game of Thrones the reader kinda thinks of! It's a fab collection of short stories that I got so I could have something bite-size to read as a change - I was thinking of putting it down after each and breaking them up with a novel each time, but I couldn't stop reading, I can't ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. I have no idea how to even review this at this moment, but I will sometime in the future, once i figure out how to talk about this.

Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is a collection of various sci-fi stories by GRRM. Not all are funky but it is a nice read
altogether. There are some hints of the writer Martin you see in the A Song of Ice and Fire series which is amusing to see. Not all are standalone stories since some of the stories are happening in the same universe, but different worlds. Perhaps they are all connected: for some it is quite clear and for others not. Sharing the same universe seems not to have any impact on the stories whatsoever.
Eric Mesa
This is not the first time I've read George RR Martin's science fiction. I'd read a story of his in an issue of Lightspeed magazine; I think the Lightspeed story was a newer story, though. (Also, Wild Cards if you consider that SF) Most, if not all, of the stories in this book were written in the late 70s. They definitely have a classic SF style similar to Asimov or Clarke where the characters have these long philosophical debates about whatever the moral or plot twist of the story is going to ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 2fiction, horror, 1audio
This started with an interesting foreword by the author, read by him, I think. He mentions his love of SF, horror, & hating to put them into genre boxes. This is definitely a blend of the two. That's often great, but it really hurt the story toward the end.

The actions of the inimical force made no sense. (view spoiler)
Jul 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
This was a collection of 5 sci-fi short stories.
Override and Weekend in a War Zone were my favorites, I think because the scale was a bit smaller, so it was easy to get into them quickly as short stories. Plus, I liked the concepts. They kind of reminded me of Black Mirror episodes.
Nightflyers (the main story) was more mixed - I liked the mystery and horror elements, but some of the wording was just really awkward and ultimately the reveal wasn't that exciting.
A Song For Lya also had an
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ll admit that the only reason I read this short story is because of the series coming to Syfy. And because I love Ice and Fire series. It was an interesting story. I enjoyed it but I can’t figure what they will ever do to it to make a series
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of six good early (1970's) science fiction stories by Martin, four of them from Analog. There's a blurb on the cover that says "Now a major motion picture," but they lied... it was a minor picture, and not a very good one. Nightflyers is a very good novella, however, with a nice dollop of a horror feel to it. Two of the other stories are favorites of mine as well, A Song For Lya and And Seven Time Never Kill Man.
Jan Pocestnej
Nightflyer is a classic (or perhaps a bit rusty) detective science fiction short story. Minus one star for telepathy and minus one for telekinesis. I don't like this stuff in SF.
The stories in here are often more than 'just' short stories. They are full of legends and mythology, religion and complex worlds. There's even character development which many short stories are lacking.


I was surprised at how much I liked this story. It’s classical sci-fi: spaceships, aliens, a group of scientists, all mixed with a bit of horror. Our group of academicians tries to find a very old alien species. Soon they are starting to lose members of the crew and start to
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As is often the case, there were stories in here I enjoyed very much and stories I didn't really enjoy all that much. All in all, however, it was a very good short story collection. Especially considering how damn young he was when he wrote these. Are they partially pretentious? Sure. Are they fake-deep? Yeah, I guess. Did I enjoy the hell out of them possibly exactly because of that latter thing? Damn right I did.

The title story, Nightflyers, was the title story most likely just because it is
3.5 rounded up. My favorite in this collection was the final story, A Song for Lya. Probably about a 4 star. The title story, Nightflyers, was pretty good also but I can't see how there is enough here for a series on Netflix. As for the rest, by the time I got to the end of the book, I had a hard time remembering what they were about. The problem with Martin's short stories is that they all have mediocre endings. They start out great, have complex plots and interesting characterization, but all ...more
Selvianty Selvianty
It is more a fantasy-feel like and space-odyssey-like. I grew impatient reading it halfway through. I wonder how Space Odyssey was still enjoyable even though the 85% of it only consist long narratives and less "actions" than this. It even more philosophical than actual science although it's possible. But still more entertaining. This book however, makes me headache. I've watched the series (the reason why I wanted to read the book) and even though the series was slightly better, with more ...more
Milena Reinherz
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
G.R.R. Martin has this awesome ability of building up worlds, introducing their unique items, scenery and people in the most natural way so that it's not too overwhelming but simply compelling, in the stretch of a short story (or a standalone novel - looking at you Dying of the Light).

I loved Nightflyers and Nor the Many-Colored Fires of a Star Ring was quite mindblowing. Override and A song for Lya were also very interesting.

So, Mr. Martin, could we get more sci-fi please??
I wanted to read this story after seeing the netflix miniseries. One thing I was not expecting was that the main protagonist was a queer woman of colour in a scifi horror story written in the 70s! Well done George for that! In 2019 in the TV version she was given a lesser role in preference to two white leads. (Though more POC were added). It was quite a different story. Simpler in some ways but also more comprehensible. I liked it a lot.
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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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