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by Norman Spinrad




The Void Captain of the starship "Dragon Zephyr" encounters numerous obstacles, adventures, and triumphs in search of a new and alien world
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ISBN: 0671434837
ISBN13: 978-0671434830
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Norman Spinrad
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Ed. edition (December 1, 1982)
Pages: 250 pages
ePUB size: 1708 kb
FB2 size: 1643 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 354
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Ynneig
Spinrad has long been a favorite of mine and I think he is one of the most underappreciate science fiction writers around. My favorites are The Void Captain's Tale and Child of Fortune, both set in a universe where humanity has a hyperspace drive that essentially runs on a kind of metaphysical sexual union with the 'Great and Only.' This novel in particular has haunted me since I first read it about twenty years ago.

The story presents its lead character (the captain of an intersellar 'Void Ship') with an existential crisis, and lines between right and wrong, body and soul, male and female, are in constant flux.

The nature of the drive and the question of what it actually does is something any reader with a metaphysical bent will ponder long after finishing the book.

Be warned, though, the prose is a bit dense and strange. It's written as a first-person account in the distant future, where people apparently speak and write this way. It seemed rather stilted at first, but once I got used to the voice, I became so immersed in the story that the style stopped bothering me. In fact, the eccentric style really does suit the theme in the final analysis.

This is not just a great science fiction story with a wonderfully inventive premise and throughful theme, it's real literature. Definitely not light reading.
Nargas
I remembered the name Norman Spinrad from my younger days of reading Science Fiction. I have gotten back into reading Sci-Fi now, and wanted some spaceship-centric stories. This one was one of many recommended on a website and it's desription sounded quite intriguing, to say the least. I took a chance and read it - and am so glad I did. What a treat (and trip!). Norman Spinrad is quite the master writer and did not disappoint!
Rexfire
Vraimant, Spinrad is the liebchen of sci fi writers, this is a classic book, with humor, suspense, and contemplation of the Endless Void. Time to join the floating cultura and find out what the jump drive is really about...
Mr.Death
A sensual, psychological adventure into the depths of space, sexuality, and relationship aboard an interstellar pleasure craft that jumps between the stars using the power of a mysterious woman's orgasms.
Xisyaco
THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME BOOK THE LANGUAGE IS GREAT. ANY SPINRAD FAN SHOULD READ THIS! ALSO THE BOOK HE WROTE CALLED CHILD OF FORTUNE IS ABOUT THIS SAME PERIOD OF FICTIONAL TIME.....
Skyway
This is a very deep and sexy book.
Gavidor
If a genius gives this to you to read.
You are a genius.
Do not make the mistake of thinking The Void Captain's Tale is science fiction. It is not.

Yes, the entire novel takes place off the ground, in spacegoing vessels. But this novel is an exploration of the universe not in terms of its physicality but in terms of its ultimate essence, i.e. the great unknown. Why exactly have we never found other civilizations? What lies beyond the limits of knowability? What is the "Great and Only"?

It is also a disturbing story of a man's incomprehensible drive toward self-destruction, and a morality tale like I have never before encountered.

I'm not a writer (but Spinrad is, and he's amazing), so don't expect this mini-review to even begin to adequately describe how I feel about this book. It's not an easy read - it takes work to get through it, and understand it. But what rewarding work it is!

I have read (parts of) a couple other of Spinrad's works. They were OK. This one is different, way different and way better. I will go out on a limb and describe The Void Captain's Tale in a way I rarely describe anything. In my opinion, it is Great Literature. Don't miss it.