|Submitted by Joel |
(Jul 30, 2007)
Gateway is the story of Robin Broadhead, who, working as a miner, wins the lottery and spends his entire winnings on a trip to Gateway.
Gateway is an asteroid which houses a small fleet of alien spaceships, abandoned by their creators, the Heechee, millions of years ago. The ships that have been left are able to be programmed, so that the humans are able to use the spacecraft to travel to any destination that they choose.
Gateway prospectors play a deadly game of Russian Roulette each time they make a trip on the leftover spacecraft. Each trip they take could result in great riches, nothing, or even death. The catch is that the prospectors have no idea where the ships are heading, or what will be at the end of the trip.
The story is told as a mix of Robinette's recollections of life on Gateway, and the three trips he made, and his experiences in psychiatry sessions.
Overall, Gateway is an extremely brilliant story, and is worthy of the time of any science fiction fan.