This fourth and possibly concluding volume in Pohl’s popular Heechee Saga takes place years after the first, Gateway, when the discovery of abandoned alien spaceships opened the galaxy to human exploration. Instead Pohl fills pages of Robinette talking about him but not really physical him, wink wink, over and over again , or eccentric AI, or Robinette endlessly complaining about how slow “meat” people are, all the while me asking why he doesn’t just adjust his virtual clock to run slow when he’s interacting with “meat” people. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. He also embraced blogging in his later years, using his online journal as an ongoing sequel to his autobiography, The Way the Future Was. He’s one of those “you see” people. Pohl is still weaving an expert SF narrative here although at times an unnecessarily convoluted one.

I’m sure I won’t remember it a week from now, helped by the fact that it’s both the most uninspiring end to a ‘saga’ you could imagine and also only takes up a couple of pages. Three children – 2 humans and a Heechee — end up on earth, on the island of Moorea in the Pacific. The Heechee do not appear until book three in the series where the reason for their absence is explained. Farthest Star Wall Around a Star Both humans and Heechee are convinced that The Foe will annihilate them if they ever decide to leave the Kugelblitz. A good science fiction book tweaks one aspect of reality and explores the consequences; this book isn’t all that good Frederik George Pohl, Jr.

I’ll give them a chance, now that the central plot has been resolved. This IS sci-fi isn’t it? Barker brings up how traumatic it can be even for the doctors, particularly Rivers, treating these patients. Nunca dejaba de preguntarme cuando se iba a encaminar la trama de una vez por todas. The novel also explores annzls gender issues brought up in psychiatric hospitals.

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Ultimately this book is all about Fred Pohl. Of the Heechee series, this book stretches credulity the heechew The history IS interesting and I haven’t read the earlier books, but still: With the Heechee it seems, less is more.

What started as a series with some great and gran ideas and likeable if never quite deep enough characters devolved steadily into a boring, badly written mess of repetitions and desperate pllt to build up some interest. I should have re-read my review of Heechee Rendevous before getting The Annals of the Heechee from the library. Has anyone read this series of books?


Personalmente considero que la saga tiene un gran comienzo en “Portico”, que el climax de la misma se alcanza en el segundo libro “Tras el incierto horizonte”, siendo “El encuentro” tambien un libro de cinco estrellas. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Ask someone how it ended, and move on with your life. On the positive side, I enjoyed Albert’s attempts at explaining then-current theories about the origin of the Universe, in a simple and easy-to-understand way. But suddenly his decadent existence ends when an all powerful alien race intent on the utter destruction of all intelligent life reappears after eons of silenc Advanced Heechee technology had enabled Robinette Broadhead to live after death as a machine-stored personality, enjoying his life by flitting along the wires from ploy to party with a host of other machine-people.

Droning, pedantic, and genuinely uninteresting enough to warrant such a long production, this book really doesn’t provide enough to validate its existence. All the truths of the Heechee and the galaxy are played out in a really unsatisfying, overt way, leaving nothing to the imagination.

Feb 05, Themistocles rated it it was ok Shelves: Someyears earlier, the Heechee were active in exploring the galaxy, including an Australopithecine -inhabited Earth where a sampling of the creatures were extracted and left to propagate to modern time on a Heechee station.

Having Robin Broadhead telling the story was not at all fun.

Stuck back in mid-century usage. Story and ideas are all in classic sci-fi.

Aren’t there any execs with taste? Oh boy, what a disapointment. Seems unlikely, I started reading this before I realized it was 4 in the Heechee series. The following items were successfully added.

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Please provide an email address. A very direction disappointing for annqls a promising series. En “Los anales de los Heechee” la saga vuelve a bajar, pero la sensacion que me queda luego de leerlo es de que resulto ser mucho mejor de lo que habia pensado en un principio.


Creo que esta a la altura de “Portico” o inclusive un poco por encima de este. If the author would remove the number of times he makes a big deal out of the fact that things for a machine-stored intelligence aren’t real, but rather electronic constructions in a computer system, the book would be half as b Okay, so the second star is only because it ends the series and heecgee it and therefore the reader out of its misery.

RogueElfFabmanMGmr. In this book, Pohl reveals the nature of the threat of the “Foe” formerly the Heechee’s “Assassins”and so I feel the story is at an end. Frederick Pohl was a visionary of our future like many other science fiction writers.


In it was included in an all-Heechee collection, The Gateway Trip: But that’s the thing…it was irrelevant. The asteroid, named Gateway by the discoverers, is occupied by the powerful nations of the world, who subsequently form the Gateway Corporation to administer the object.

We keep seeing the depression of an AI or more of a stored consciousness and how much virtual food can he enjoy or how enjoyable simulated sex is like inside a stored mind or metaphysical discussions about the universe that in a way don’t serve any point. Como que no me lograba atrapar del todo. Con esta utima entrega, atravese por muchos estados de animo diferentes mientras la leia.

So, sad to say, I have to admit that Pohl has not really thought through the consequences of the technologies created in the last two Heechee books.

Definitely don’t start with this book, but if you loved all the previous ones in the ploot and want to know how it “ends”, then this will satisfy you. It looks like this will wind up with 2. I’ve enjoyed Pohl’s writing and may read other books he’s written but I really need to get away from Robin Broadhead!