Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

Tuf Voyaging Tuf Voyaging
by George R. R. Martin

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jacqui Smith

Now, we all know that George R.R. Martin has made himself a bestseller with the Song of Ice and Fire, the series of fantasy bricks that spawned the TV series "Game of Thrones". I’m not a big fan of fantasy bricks, and I failed to get anywhere with the Song of Ice and Fire, but one of the consequences of getting to be a big name author is that publishers will re-print an author’s earlier books, and in the case of Tuf Voyaging this is a very good thing!

First, it’s an excellent read, a well-constructed fix-up of a series of short stories first published in the 70’s and 80’s – but not at all dated. Second, it’s proper SF, something I’m not seeing nearly enough of. Third, it’s a novel with an environmental message that really needs saying again – primarily that humans must control population growth before we destroy both our environment and each other.

This told with a dark sardonic humour and a cool central character that loves cats. What more could you ask for? I’m fairly certainly I’ve read this book before, years ago, but it’s as fresh today; it certainly bears re-reading and I heartily recommend it.

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