Reviews of Tuf Voyaging (1986)
Review by clong (2005-03-11)
It's hard for me to understand how this one could be so poorly rated. Tuf Voyaging may not be as compelling as Martin's best, and it's rather tame stuff when compared to the Song of Fire and Ice series. But, it is thought-provoking and original in a way that is characteristic of all great science fiction.
The obese, resourceful, brilliant, loner Haviland Tuf has to be considered one of the truly unique protagonists in all of fiction. Tuf Voyaging tells the story of how he comes to control a massive seed-ship (which can bioengineer just about variation you can imagine on any animal species that has ever existed), and of his various adventures with the ship. It is really more of a progression of linked short stories (a genre at which Martin excels) than a novel.