Science Fiction

The Forever War

The Forever War is a 1974 science fiction novel by Joe Haldeman. William Mandella a young student, is drafted by the United Nations Exploratory Force to save mankind from the Taurans. The Taurans are an alien species that are apparently attacking human colonists’ ships. Each draftee is the brightest and best of their generation.  While traveling the soldiers don’t experience time like those on planets, so […]

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick    This book was the basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner, but the movie left out some of the main plot elements of the book. The earth has  been badly damaged  by  World War Terminus a Nuclear War. The radiation poisoning from the war has wiped out practically all animal […]

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Gateway by Frederik Pohl

Gateway is a science fiction novel written by Frederik Pohl in 1977.
Robinette Stetley Broadhead a future prospector examines his past for his computer generated shrink. For Broadhead prospecting means boarding alien ships nobody understands and riding then to preset locations looking for alien technologies. Most prospectors don’t return from these dangerous missions but Broadhead does successful, rich and scared.

Guess I found the book engaging because I finished it so quickly. Pohl did a great job of making me want to know just what happened to Broadhead. Pohl slowly uncovers the Gateway and it’s impact on the world, then it’s impact on Broadhead himself. Thought the climax fizzled, guess his foreplay made me expect more from the ending.

I read the book because it was on a list of the best science fiction ever written. While I enjoyed the book, it’s not one of the best books I’ve ever read, or one I’d tell someone else to read.

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