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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
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
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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