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Nightflyers

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,554 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Nine misfit academics on an expedition to find the volcryn, a mythic race of intersteller nomads, and the only ship available for this strange quest is the Nightflyer, a cybernetic wonder with a never-seen captain...

Nine innocents are about to find themselves in deep space, trapped with an insane murderer who can go anywhere, do anything, and intends to kill them all.
Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
Published November 15th 1987 by Tor Books (first published 1985)
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Mika No. Nightflyers is a short story collection (which contains a novella of the same name), and Dying of the Light is a novel.

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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 lik
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Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 effec
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Ashley
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
*listened to audiobook* 3.5 stars

I feel like this has been done before. Regardless it was still a suspenseful read. A group boards the nightflyer never having met the pilot, nor do they ever...then things quickly get out of hand and people start dying. You learn it is all mother's fault. Kind of like psycho. I am excited for the new show on SyFy and just learned it was a movie in the 80s, so I will definitely check that out.
Roy
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 sam ...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!

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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
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Xavi
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2019
7'5 /10
Buena ambientación, lástima que el formato de novela corta se queda corto (valga la redundancia) para poder desarrollar los personajes un poco más y adornar algunas escenas.
Edición espectacular que he leído en una sentada. A ver como será la adaptación de Netflix.
https://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/20...
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La gran fortaleza de Nightflyers es cómo mantiene el suspense hasta casi el final de la historia. Se trata de una novela corta, por lo que no hay tiempo para desarrollar intrincados conflictos, pero nos mantiene en un estado constante de sospecha: ¿quién o qué es Royd Eris? ¿Está diciéndoles la verdad? ¿Los acecha de veras un peligro, o son delirios de Thale Lasamer? ¿Es Royd el peligro, lo son los volcryn, es otra cosa completamente distinta o son la tripulación unos pobres desgraciados ejecuta ...more
Книжни Криле
Syfy вече изстреляха пилотния епизод на сериала „Nightflyers”. 2093 година космически екипаж е на път да установи контакт с извънземни форми на живот, но мисията им поема по фатална траектория, когато на борда на кораба „Нощен летец” започват серия от странни и кървави инциденти. Липсват само Сигорни Уийвър и Сам Нийл. За сметка на това пък си имаме Джордж Р. Р. Мартин, чиято новела със същото заглавие е послужила като основа на сериала. „Нощен летец” излиза на български от изд. „Бард”, под форм ...more
Roman Zarichnyi
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ім’я Джоржа Р. Р. Мартіна знає чи не кожна людина через фентезійний цикл «Пісня льоду та полум’я». Але, навіть, якщо існують люди, які не чули про його книжки, то знають його через один із найпотужніших серіалів останнього часу «Гра престолів» від телеканалу HBO, який був знятий за мотивами історії, яку пан Мартін пише ще досі. Світове ім’я письменника асоціюють якраз із цим циклом, але мало кому відомо, що письменник створив ще один власний фантастичний світ під назвою «Тисяча світів», до якого ...more
Jacqueline Patricks
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Христо Блажев
Джордж Р. Р. Мартин броди из галактиката: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/n...

Едноименният разказ, с който започва книгата, е безспорно центърът на сборника. Група учени са поели на тайнствена мисия в преследване на химерична цивилизация, която е пресичала галактиката още по времето, когато човечеството едва е прохождало. Сбутани на малко пространство, учените скоро се изнервят силно, особено след като телепатът на групата изпада в амок, защото усеща някаква опасност. Мистерията около самол
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Doug
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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vhatos
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Власне повість "Ночеліт" достатньо цікава. Сюжет інтригує з самого початку: група науковців вирушає в експедицію на космічному кораблі під керівництвом особи, яку ніхто не бачить. Однак, цей невидимий командир корабля за усіма слідкує та контролює ситуацію. І починаються загадкові події. Члени експедиції починають гинути. Виникає нестерпна психологічна обстановка. Дуже несподіване завершення. Оповідання, які включені у збірку, дуже різні.
Jim C
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 beforehan
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Alessio
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: letti
Tra horror e fantascienza, mi ha ricordato molto Alien anche se alla fine la storia va da tutt'altra parte.
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.
DomoKete
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
Vitek Novy
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Podobně jako u spousty jiných knih jsem se k tomuhle dostal po shlédnutí stejnojmenného seriálu Nightflyers. Poslední dobou je vůbec spousta takových adaptací a většinou jde o velmi kvalitní náměty. Od GRRM jsem zatím vlastně četl jen Hru o trůny, takže jsem byl docela zvědavý na scifi z jeho dílny. Už po prvních pár stránkách jsem si říkal že oproti seriálu je tu něco jinak, což rychle přerostlov přesvědčení že tady je něco hodně jinak. V seriálu použili kostru tohoto příběhu, celé to prostředí ...more
Florin Purluca
Stilul e ok, dar vreo două povestiri se termină în plop. Ca să fiu sincer, nu îmi dau seama cum de a fost așa de bine primită la vremea respectivă. Locus și Hugo. Hmmm! Alte vremuri, probabil. Cum spuneam scriitura e bună, dar nu e tocmai genul acela de SF pe care-l caut eu, care nu trebuie să fie neapărat Hard SF. Pentru mine n-a prea funcționat. În plus, cele două povestiri care au o tentă religioasă sunt chiar plictisitoare.
Oricum, clar mai slabă decât Regii nisipurilor, o altă culegere de pr
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Mark Tallen
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I've enjoyed this scifi story. Martin blends a number of genre fiction types into the story which kept and held my interest throughout.
Repix
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Pasable.
Jamesboggie
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 sci
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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 leav ...more
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 b ...more
Knigoqdec
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Класическо, приятно и... готови за излитане към звездите и отвъд!
http://knigoqdec.blogspot.com/2018/10...
Malu
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 interes
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Newton Nitro
Nightflyers & Other Stories - George R.R. Martin | Um conjunto de contos assustadores e filosóficos de Exploração Espacial e Horror Cósmico do Tio George! | NITROLEITURAS #resenha #georgerrmartin #nightflyers #scifi

Uma noveleta e uma série de contos escritos pelo Tio Martin na década de setenta e começo dos anos oitenta, com muito horror cósmico lovecraftiano misturado com exploração espacial e fortes doses de filosofia, existencialismo, violência, sangue baseadas em premissas muito bem bola
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Angel
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
No tengo mucha experiencia con el género thriller/terror espacial, pero creo que Martin aquí hizo un gran trabajo. Construyó una atmósfera futuristica increíble donde todo era posible y cualquier cosa podía salir mal. No creo que la premisa sea muy original porque he visto películas y video juegos con la misma ambientación, pero eso está bien porque Martin logró hacer de esta historia suya. La narración del hombre que escribió una de mis sagas favoritas en este libro no es tan buena como la que ...more
Teri
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
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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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