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Tuf Voyaging

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  9,934 ratings  ·  898 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, 440 pages
Published October 27th 2004 by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published February 1986)
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hrv I haven't finished the book yet but I think it's worth a try. It's a bit quirky but very accessible, being humorous with a lot of action and adventure…moreI haven't finished the book yet but I think it's worth a try. It's a bit quirky but very accessible, being humorous with a lot of action and adventure, so definitely not something very dry and arduous like a hard sci-fi book can be. It's also split into 5 separate stories, so you easily stop after one of them and pick up the book again later. (less)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Discover something different on a road trip through different worlds and planets with a stylish protagonist and full biotech fun in a seed ship full of wonder options that will be reality one day.

I am not sure if it´s that I like Martin so much and that my rating is even more subjective than usual or if this is really such an amazing hell of a ride, but the simple, one plotline, masterfully performed story of a cool dude cruising around in space, playing god, changing cultures and evolution, giv
Jul 28, 2015 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
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of old-school sci fi
Originally published in 1986, 'Tuf Voyaging' contains seven stories largely published in Analog in 1985. You remember 1985, right? 'Money for Nothing,' 'A View to a Kill,' AIDS, Gorbachev, New Coke, Nintendo, and 'The Breakfast Club' all sound familiar? Yeah, that's right. The year where it seemed like the leaders just wanted to fight, greed was king and the youth movement was all about walking away from adults in the room. Clearly Martin was tapping into the zeitgeist, because his protagonist T ...more
Jul 11, 2013 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
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 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
Manuel Antão
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

The-George-R-R-Martin-that-also-wrote-stuff-other-than-the-famigerated-GoT: “Tuf Voyaging” by George R. R. Martin

“I will sit here in the coolness and talk my thoughts to this crystal and I will drink my wine and watch the flyers, the few who still live, as they dance and soar against the night. Far off, they look so like shadowgulls above my living sea. I will drink my wine and remember how that sea sounded when I was but a Budakhar bo
Peter Tillman
If you haven't tried "Tuf Voyaging," you really should. 1986 fixup 'novel' of earlier stories. Haviland Tuf is an "honest space-trader who likes cats." And quite a character, and quite a setup. I've read it twice, both times with pleasure. Hasn't dated a bit. 4+ stars. And here's a full-size scan of the gloriously lurid Baen cover: Cats in Spaaace! Art by David Willson.

The reliable Althea Ann has an excellent review:
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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There was no way I wasn't going to like this. It's about a cat-loving-vegetarian-misanthrope with a dim view of humanity. (Who knew there were that many of us around?) He unexpectedly gains a ship called the Ark that allows him to shape the ecology of whole planets, thus making him savior or scourge (and sometimes both at the same time) to the people who ask him for help. Haviland Tuf is the name. Ecological engineering is the game.

Tuf Voyaging is composed of seven loosely related vignettes star
Sep 30, 2012 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
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-books
Tuf Voyaging is George Martin's excellent earlier sci-fi book. It's basically a collection of short stories, all focused on a space traveller named Tuf. He is a vegetarian, he lives with several cats, and he has a giant bio-engineering spaceship that can clone any kind of life form and grow it in a matter of hours. So he travels the galaxy, trying to help worlds with their socioecological problems. It's a fun read, if maybe a bit repetitive, and as with any collection of short stories, their qua ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

▪Plot 5/5
▪Details 4.5/5
▪Characters 5/5
▪World building 5/5
▪Logic 4.75/5
▪Writing style 5/5
▪Enjoyment 5/5

My very first real sci-fi. I am so glad I have picked it up. The world building is f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c, all the characters are insanely interesting.

Gosh, I recommend it to everyone!

Spoiler: You are going to enjoy it
Jan 07, 2012 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
Apr 03, 2013 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
Jun 25, 2008 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
Joe Lenihan
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tuf Voyaging was one of the coolest books I've read in a long time. While this is a collection of short stories all containing Haviland Tuf, the stories flowed and built off each other making it feel like a psuedo novel. Perhaps the best thing about this collection was that every single story was fascinating and had a satisfying end and even more than that was the character of Tuf himself. It was rare to read a single bit of dialogue and not smile the entire time. Tuf manages to use a strict bal ...more
David Solomon
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
a fun and interesting collection of scifi centered around a big bald white guy (author self-insert?) and his collection of cats solving planetary issues via a ridiculously large spaceship with the powers of creation.

If sci-fi is up your alley, i think you’ll enjoy! I especially liked the ecological and sociological focus of the problems and their solutions. George is a very plainspoken yet evocative writer which reminded me how his geeky and niche subject matter resulted in one of hbo’s biggest
Apr 04, 2014 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
Apr 08, 2013 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 difficulties,
Désirée Goubert
An early novel from George R.R. Martin, and a very addictive read indeed! I'm normally not the biggest fan of Sci-Fi, but this book about Tuf's Voyages is magnificent. Every planet a new adventure, yet the characters (including cats 😻) develop tremendously and there are a lot of interesting plot twists. Even though I'm normally a slow reader, I finished this book really quickly it was just so hard to put down. The description of the used techniques and the different societies are very interestin ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Tuf Voyaging
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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
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
Through a succession of peculiar circumstances, cat-loving space trader Haviland Tuf finds himself in possession of the universe's last functional seedship, which brings with it the potential for things both catastrophic and miraculous - many of which Tuf eventually finds occasion to employ during his voyages that take him and his feline companions all across the known universe.

One of George R.R. Martin's earlier works, this novel essentially consists of seven stories that could stand alone, but
Iain Knights
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up by chance a few years back and finally got around to reading this and am glad that I did.

The book is made up of several short stories centred around cat-loving Haviland Tuf and his adventures on board an ecological engineering vessel.

The stories in question address and challenge a variety of issues, whether they be political, religious or social issues, in a fresh and interesting way, fronted by one of the most fascinating characters i’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has a real identity problem, and I struggled with it throughout. Charming as Tuf can be, I don’t like him, and I disagree with him on a number of issues, not least of which his thoughts on cats.

This was a book, and I read it. It wasn’t bad but I don’t really think I liked it either? And yet I can’t give it less than 4 stars. Make of that what you will.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A strange book for sure, but also an incredibly addictive read with a unique story. It also has lots of cats in which is a big plus.
Bryan Alexander
Nov 25, 2014 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 11, 2014 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 05, 2015 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
Mike Whalen
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Super fun. Mad easy. Dope story about ecological engineering. Don’t look for anything crazy deep here. First and last stories are the strongest IMO.
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
Tuf Voyaging is a series of short stories that revolve around one central figure, but actually feels like a complete novel when the stories are compiled together. Haviland Tuf is a self-taught ecological engineer after he finds an ancient abandoned ecological warship from Old Earth. Tuf claims to be an altruistic, charitable person who only wants to help worlds in need. However, he always manages to make extremely advantageous financial deals before rendering any help! It doesn't help that every ...more
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George Raymond Richard "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 chil

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