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Tuf Voyaging (English Edition) par [Martin, George R.R.]
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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.
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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

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 448 pages
  • Editeur : Gollancz (16 mai 2013)
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Haviland Tuf est un ingénieur écologiste autodidacte, ayant hérité d'une immense arche capable de doter un monde d'une écologie complète. Haviland erre de monde en monde pour mettre ses modestes compétences au service des mondes composant la diaspora humaine, contre rétribution. S'ensuit une suite de rencontres de mondes plus ou moins "excessifs" dans la grande tradition de la SF classique où les dirigeants pensent trouver en Haviland la solution miracle à tous leurs problèmes en tripotant l'écosystème. Haviland et ses chats (qu'il adore littéralement) s'exécutent tout en avertissant des effets délétères de ce qu'on lui commande ...
Un roman constitué d'une collection de nouvelles centrées sur un seul personnage tout à fait plaisant, la personnalité débonnaire de Haviland Tuf est par ailleurs désopilante.
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HASH(0x8e31d3e4) étoiles sur 5 I want more Tuf! Martin should have kept going with this series! 23 juin 2005
Par Schtinky - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Originally a collection of shorts published in Analog magazine as a continuing saga, Tuf Voyaging is all the pieces put together into a smooth novel with an extremely unique protagonist.

Haviland Tuf and his ship, the 'Cornucopia Of Excellent Goods At Low Prices', has been hired by a group of five people to travel towards what is known as The Plague Star. When upon arriving, they discover it is not a star at all but a long abandoned Seedship, left over from the war a thousand years ago. Their first problem is getting past the ship's automated defenses and boarding, their second problem is the greed that has filled every head except Tuf's.

Tuf, of course, winds out in charge of the Seedship, named the Ark. (no details, just read the book! The first chapter details these events, and is most excellent!) the remaining six chapters chronicle Tuf's voyages from planet to planet, using the Ark to solve problems such as overpopulation, sea monsters, cruel animal-fighting pits, and religious plagues.

Eccentric and droll would be the best way to describe Haviland Tuf, a very tall and very large bald man. He travels alone, except for his cats, Havoc and Mushroom. The cat family expands, and Tuf is inspired by his human encounters to name the new kittens Suspicion, Doubt, Hostility, Ingratitude, and Foolishness. Tuf is a loner, intelligent, peculiar, a vegetarian with an enormous appetite, and a dry wit. Indeed.

The Seedship is a marvelous invention of Martin's, thirty kilometers long and three kilometers high, the pinnacle of the old Earth Ecological Corps inventions. Although the EEC used their Seedships for war, Tuf has only benign uses for it. Inside the Ark are stored millions and millions of cell samples, and all the equipment, including a chronowarp engine, to genetically engineer or clone any species.

Travel with Tuf through space, and revisit the planet S'uthlam (three chapters have S'uthlam) where Tully Mune is the acerbic Portmaster who lives her life in zero gravity. Tully's will and determination prove to be a match for Tuf, and the chapters in which they face off with each other are excellent.

This is SciFi at it's best, very character oriented with enough strange planets, strange beings, strange traditions, and technology to satisfy the hungriest of SciFi palates. Even more enjoyable if you are a cat lover like myself. Get out and buy this book now! Enjoy!
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HASH(0x8e32a27c) étoiles sur 5 Tuf Voyaging: Timeless Commentary on Morality/Humanity 9 avril 2000
Par Kathy Rook - Publié sur
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I've read literally thousands of science fiction novels in the last 35 years (all the masters back to the very beginning), and Tuf Voyaging rates as one of the top five science fiction novels of all time. When it comes to a plot and ideas that that stick with you, it rates number one. I've waited in vain for a sequel or a film or a television dramatization. Tuf Voyaging tells the story of a highly moral man gifted with virtually absolute power. I read it every few years and continue to flip flop about the rightness and wrongness of his final acts. Was Tuf corrupted, or was he indeed uncorruptible? In the end, was he a man, or was he a god? It's that good. It doesn't let you go. The book touches on issues humanity faces everyday, issues that are becoming increasingly more urgent: populations outstripping food sources, species extinctions, short term political thinking, cruelty, abuses of power, etc. I keep two, very much read and battered copies of the book, one for myself and one to lend to others. This is the book that sent me in search of everything else George R. R. Martin has ever written. While his writing is always excellent, Tuf Voyaging is his greatest masterpiece. The book creates a variety of emotions in the reader, amusement (it has wonderfully humorous sections), anticipation, dread, exhilaration, and uncertainty. Once again, it's unforgettable and has been responsible for single handedly hooking several young people I know on science fiction. If you haven't read it, track it down and do so. If you have read it, read it again and see if your opinions have changed. If you have any influence on the author, demand the character return in another book!
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HASH(0x8e32ac3c) étoiles sur 5 Incredible stories, incredibly written 15 mars 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur
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I first came across these stories when reading "The Plague Star" in an issue of my father's Analog magazine. Ever since, I've avidly consumed everything I could find by Martin. This collection of stories is such a pleasure to read, I can't do it justice here. If they book has any weakness, it is that the stories were written over a fairly large span of time (ten years, or more - I can't remember). Because of this, the quality of the written varies, growing better as Martin developed his skills.
The stories work on so many levels, and Tuf is such a singular character, the stories remain in my mind almost daily even ten years after I've read them. The fact that these stories live in the 'ghetto' of science fiction shouldn't scare away those who don't typically read it. Martin's grasp of humor, horror and the human condition is unmatched. I've often compared him to Mark Twain, in that his writing is so simple and universally appealing, yet contains so much more moving beneath the surface.
It's a wonder to me that with Martin's forays into screenwriting that he's never decided to pitch "Plague Star". It works almost perfectly as a feature film, with just the right length, rhythm and imagery. Perhaps the one thing holding him back is the lack of the standard 'human' element in all these stories - Tuf is profoundly asexual, and indeed, seems to have almost no typical heartwarming hooks that Hollywood demands be in virtually every film it rolls out. There are no love interests, no (traditional) paternal emotions. There's no boy meets girl here, just boy meets destiny. Yet I think that it could appeal to a wide variety of viewers nonetheless. The book after "Plague Star" has a fairly strong 'population control' message that might not appeal to the religious right, but I have a feeling the message would go right over their heads - history has shown us that people aren't to quick to pick up these subtleties.
Accessible and rewarding. If you can find this gem, don't let it slip through your grasp.
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HASH(0x8e0db39c) étoiles sur 5 Genetic engineering to the rescue of ecology, Zen-style 6 mai 1997
Par Un client - Publié sur
Format: Relié
"The man is an independent trader, of sorts. Not a very successful
one.... He has a small, battered ship with a long, ridiculous name...
There is no crew to worry about, only the man himself. And he -- well,
he's a little ridiculous, too. He'll give us no trouble... He keeps
cats, I hear... If he so much as threatens to report us, the hireling
and I can dispose of him and feed him to his cats".

Thus does Kaj Nevis, adventurer ordinary in a distant future, describe
Haviland Tuf to his motley gang, whereby you have guessed that they are
up to no good. But Haviland Tuf, skipper, owner, crew and sole
shareholder of the "Cornucopia of Excellent Goods at Low Prices",
nevertheless ends up the master of the prize coveted by Kaj Nevis: the
last ship of the long-forgotten Genetic Corps for late Galactic Empire,
a 30-mile long leviathan, with working weaponry and tens of thousands of
operational cloning vats ready to spew biological death in any form from
deadly alien bacteria to a herd of Terran Tyrannosaurus Rex. How Tuf,
the gentle giant with a fondness for cats, onion pies and ale, and with
a paunch to match, now self-taught genetic engineer, has the gigantic
ship repaired and roams the galaxy to set aright half a dozen mand-made
impending ecological disasters, that is the rest of the tale. Barely
ever lifting a finger, and never his voice, soft-spoken long-suffering
Tuf, with a kitten or two peering out of his ample
pockets, teaches a stinging lesson to the bloodthirsty arena masters of
Norn, unmasks the false messiah of Charity, and brings peace between the
sea-dwelling aborigines of Namor and the human settlers who had mistaken
them for tasty tidbits. But it takes him two attempts to solve the
runaway population explosion of S'uthlam which threatens the peace with
its neighbours (Lebensraum! Lebensraum!).

The characters come to life, splendidly. No two are alike, each is
strongly typed, even the most minor. No two have the same mannerisms,
the same speech, the same personality. Yet they are never caricatures.
They are all dreadfully ordinary in their unusual ways, from Kaj Nevis
the psychopathic wannabe master-of-the-universe to Celine Waan, the
lawsuit-happy loud-mouthed gross blockhead academic, we've all met their
kinds. The worlds visited by Tuf are equally imaginative, credible, and
diverse. It all adds up to just under 400 pages of sheer delight. The
hardback is out of print, but Victor Gollancz of London did bring out a
paperback in 1988 (ISBN 0-575-04266-4). Failing that, hunt around for
old issues of Analog: January, February, October, November, mid-December
1985, October 1981, and February 1978, where most of Tuf's voyages were
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HASH(0x8e11e48c) étoiles sur 5 Martin at his most Meh. 27 septembre 2007
Par Space Scoundrel - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Most people reading this book will do so already having experienced Martin's genius from his other works. Unfortunately, the strength of his vaunted "Ice and Fire" series, namely the characters, is where this story is at its weakest.

The plot, setting and details in this book are quite engaging. The idea of one man floating around space doing good deeds with his massively powerful ancient weapon system is classic and making that weapon a cloning ship is a nice spin on the idea.

The downfall of Tuf Voyaging is Tuf himself, and the various people who's acquaintance he makes. Tuf is painfully lacking in any appealing qualities beyond his supposed morality. There is no depth to his character apart from his love for cats which is explained most telling by the author's shared affection.

All the various stories seem to revolve around Tuf's infallibility in the face of massive global ecological puzzles despite his humble trader background. Towards the end of the novel I found myself hoping he would be proved wrong or defeated in some way as his self-perceived perfection was becoming tiresome and repetitive. In the last pages of the book a glimmer of hope shows through when we almost see a spark of emotion from the character. The undertones of the ethical implications of the godlike powers of this weapon corrupting a once good-natured man and turning him into a monster ultimately end in disappointment and we close the story with the same character we started.

As if to accentuate this character's aura of intellectual and moral superiority, the surrounding characters seemed to have been dumbed down. Everyone in the future is completely lacking in subtly, guile and intuition and completely inept in the face of the main character's awesome prowess.

In summary, though the idea is excellent, the forced and shallow storyline fail to make this novel worthy of recommendation.
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