Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe and on reaches of unimaginable horror When prospector Robinette Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune Three missions later now famous and permanently rich Rob Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he has become in a journey into himself as perilous and even horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take


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    Can you like a book when you kind of hate the main character? Especially when that character is the first person narrator? The answer for me for this book anyway is apparently not all that muchGateway is one of those sci fi classics that I am supposed to have absorbed if I want to consider myself well read in the genre It's one of the rare HugoNebula double winners not to mention the Locus and Campbell awards which pretty much covers all of them It is by one of the stalwarts of geek writing the man who as an editor made sure Dhalgren was published fergoshsakes And congratulations to Fred Pohl by the way on still being alive and engaging with the fandom at the approximate age of 103A good portion of the book still holds up pretty well The imagining parts The setup is pretty simple Earth discovers a mysterious alien space station built into an asteroid around I don't remember Venus or something It is full of little ships No one knows how or why the ships came to be there but they have figured out that if you get inside one and push a button it will take you somewhere very far away very quickly Relatively speaking It also might take you very very far away but not so fast that you don't run out of food and wind up arriving there dead or with nothing to eat on the way back but your fellow shipmates But greedy brave souls are still willing to risk these death lottery missions because a rare few of them result in the discovery of yet alien technology which can then be reverse engineered and patented and everyone winds up very rich most particularly the omnipresent Company TMSo to borrow from nerd parlance this is your signature BDO big dumb object adventure Unfortunately our window into this intriguing world is this total asshole I read the book a few weeks ago and his name has been lost to the mists of time and sleep deprivation but I remember one thing what a douchebag I mean ok he had a shitty childhood growing up mining some unpleasant crap or another on was it Venus again? But he gets lucky and wins the lottery and enough money to travel to Gateway and maybe become really rich And the book is told in an alternating structure so we know that while he does become really rich it also happens in a pretty miserable fashion and we have to sit in on his whiny sessions with his robot therapist Aside from the fact that I just didn't particularly like the structure too much ominous foreshadowing it requires us to spend half the book with the jerk before we find out why he's such a jerk Except he was always kind of a jerk and while his reason for sliding further down into a jerky abyss is ultimately a pretty good one he also did plenty of stuff earlier in the timeline to evaporate every drop of my sympathy Like view spoilerbeating his ex girlfriend into a pulp because she slept with someone else even though he arrived on the scene freshly covered in another woman's sex juices no really the ex notices and comments on it and it is kind of gross but I guess showers are at a premium in space at which point I almost stopped reading but unfortunately did not or I would have been spared the subsequent Luke Laura reunion a few chapters later hide spoiler