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This "novel" brings together a decade's worth of stories about Haviland Tuf, an honest but thoroughly small-time interstellar trader who happens to acquire a centuries-old and miles-long seed-ship of the once powerful Earth Ecological Corps. Originally a deadly weapon, it alone preserves the secrets of a now-forgotten science and still functions well enough to create, gene-splice and clone any of a myriad species of plant and animal, both benevolent and destructive. The eccentric but ethical Tuf now styles himself an ecological engineer and wields his ship's treasures to solve the problems plaguing farflung settlements, from famine to sea serpents. These colorful tales mostly skirt the more interesting and prickly issue of Tuf's playing god to fundamentally change the cultures he encounters. Still, the seed-ship is a wonderful idea and Tuf, protecting his pet cats from the charge they are useless "vermin," is a droll hero.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for Tuf Voyaging
“A rich blend of adventure, humor, compassion and all the other things that make being human worthwhile.”—Analog
“A new facet of Martin’s manysided talent.”—Asimov’s
Praise for George R. R. Martin
“Of those who work in the grand epic-fantasy tradition, Martin is by far the best. In fact . . . this is as good a time as any to proclaim him the American Tolkien.”—Time
“Long live George Martin . . . a literary dervish, enthralled by complicated characters and vivid language, and bursting with the wild vision of the very best tale tellers.”—The New York Times
“I always expect the best from George R. R. Martin, and he always delivers.”—Robert Jordan --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This book is very good and I went through it fairly quickly. I liked Tuf but I didn't really care for his cats. Read morePublished 15 months ago by victoria
Fun Characters. I am a Science Fiction fan! I am also a fan of George RR Martin. Love his fantasy novels as well.Published 24 months ago by Gary Turneer
Surprising ,I don't normally read SiFi but this was a good read Great morality play about over population on a planetary scalePublished on Nov. 17 2013 by David Drake
This is a great read. I highly recommend it to sifi enthusiasts. It racks with George R.R. Martin's finest Book.Published on May 9 2013 by Don Reynolds
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found Tuf to be a compelling character with lots of layers taken off as the novel progressed to a deeper understanding of this Tuf. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2013 by gustovwind
Superb writing. That's the name of the game for all of Martin's works that I have read (which, unfortunately, includes only the Song of Ice and Fire series and this collection of... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004