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Robert Sawyer, you’ve let me down.

I just read Frederik Pohl‘s Gateway, on his recommendation, and was ridiculously disappointed with it. The whole book is about developing this strange neurotic main character, which is okay in itself, but Pohl teases us with so many other half-baked stories that you’re left feeling cheated at the end of it. It seemed like Pohl was leaving seeds all over the place, any one of which might contribute to some clever twists and developments in the plot, but he let none of them germinate. They were only there to keep me reading, but not to take me anywhere.

Robert Saywer said “I’d go so far as to say it’s the finest science-fiction novel ever written”. I say maybe it could have been, if he had finished writing it. Right now it feels like a terrible first draft.

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  1. Hmmm… it’s been a long time since I read Gateway. Long enough ago that I don’t remember the year anymore. However, I do remember enjoying it, and I do remember that it’s part of a series. So it’s possible that you get your answers later in the series.

    Although I must say that while past Chris enjoyed the book, the odds are prety good that present Chris wouldn’t.

  2. GP says:

    There is at least one sequel, but it was originally designed as a stand alone book. The second only came about because of demand. Probably because there were so many unanswered questions, I’d guess. I don’t know if Pohl did contrive something to satiate the masses, but it certaintly seems like he never intended to.

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