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The Saga of Cuckoo

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Omnibus edition

Contents:
p. 1 • Farthest Star • (1975)
p. 201 • Wall Around a Star • (1983)
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published September 1983 by Nelson Doubleday / SFBC (first published 1983)
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Elana
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The idea of an artificial habitat in space is an old one - Larry Niven's "Ringworld" is a classic and recently Benford and Niven used it in "a The Bowl of Heaven" and "Shipstar". I had not known about Pohl's and Williamson's take on it in The Saga of Cuckoo" and started reading this book after picking it up at a library sale. It is a rather 80s kind of SF, with disappointing (though colorful) aliens and a botched ending. But the enormous and topology-defying space of Cuckoo itself is beautifully ...more
Dylan Vargas
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book had such promise but for me really fell flat. The author created a pantheon of incredibly unique and interesting alien lifeform, with intrigue anatomies, wildly diverse biology's and chemistries, and fascinating backgrounds. With all this praise why would I rate the book so badly?? Because the author instead chose to focus their near full attention on the human life forms and a intelligent monkey. I also really loved the idea of instead of hyper developed space travel, this world revol ...more
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The ending was a bit rushed, but the big ideas were amazing.
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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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