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". Im
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 authors earlier books, and in the case of Tuf
Voyaging this is a very good thing!
First, its an excellent read, a well-constructed fix-up of a series
of short stories first published in the 70s and 80s but not at all
dated. Second, its proper SF, something Im not seeing nearly enough of. Third,
its 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? Im fairly certainly Ive read this
book before, years ago, but its as fresh today; it certainly bears re-reading and I
heartily recommend it.