Welcome to Show #23!
The Ninjas discuss Frederick Pohl’s award-winning novel Gateway. Published in 1977, it won the Hugo Award in 1977, and the Nebula and John C. Campbell awards in 1978.
Summer fesses up to not finishing the book before the discussion, but interjects some tidbits discovered during some web searches that she did after becoming impatient. Joe really didn’t like the book, and David was disappointed by how slow the book moves.
Everyone really enjoyed the idea of the Gateway premise, and the mystery behind why such an advanced race as the Heechee just vanished is intriguing, but compared to more modern stories where the reader is placed in the middle of the action and may or may not learn all of the backstory as they go along, the fact that it’s a setup story detracts from how well-written it is and how detailed the universe is.
Side comment: The Hugos are strictly SF, while the Nebulas can be either SF or Fantasy. For quite some time, I had the thought that since the Hugos were SF only, the Nebulas leaned more towards the fantastical. The list of winners of both awards kinda knocks my preconception out of the water.
Listener Feedback: There is no listener feedback. Blue Ninja sent in a message about the “V” discussion, incredulous that Joe could think people could behave so stupidly, but we pretty much covered that. Hey Blue, catch up!