Wealth ...or death. Those were the choices Gateway offered. Humans had discovered this artificial spaceport, full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious, vanished Heechee. Their destinations are preprogrammed. They are easy to operate, but impossible to control. Some came back with discoveries which made their intrepid pilots rich; others returned with their remains barely identifiable. It was the ultimate game of Russian roulette, but in this resource-starved future there was no shortage of desperate volunteers.
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Of the grand masters of 1950s SF, Pohl (sometime editor of Galaxy magazine) has produced some of the most enduring and popular work, not least this buoyantly inventive novel. The Gateway of the title is an artificial spaceport full of working interstellar ships left behind by the mysterious vanished Heechee. The marvellous premise of the book lies in the terrifying journeys of discovery that the protagonists make in these ships; some return with discoveries which make their pilots fabulously rich, while others return as piles of charred matter. In the 1990s, this first in a celebrated sequence reads as exhilaratingly as the day it was written. (Kirkus UK)
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