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Publisher's Summary

Frederik Pohl was on a streak when this Hugo Award-finalist novel was published in 1980. Now back in print after an absence of nearly a decade, this unique science fiction novel is as fresh and entertaining as ever. The story begins when the hero of Gateway finances an expedition to a distant alien spaceship that may end famine forever. On the ship, the explorers find a human boy, and evidence that reveals a powerful alien civilization is thriving on a transport ship headed right for Earth….
©1980 Frederik Pohl (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Certainly very few books have ever held my attention in such an iron grip right up until the last paragraph, built so irresistibly to such a satisfying series of blockbuster punch lines, left me so breathless with admiration, achieved such truly cosmic scope.” (Analog)
“The kind of mind-opening conceptualization that makes the universe seem very vast and beautiful indeed. In short, this is a book that fulfills SF’s ability to entertain intelligently.” (The Chicago Sun-Times)
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-08-13


I give this five stars, but it is not as a strong five star as Gateway. You want to read Gateway first.
I read Gateway when I was in my 20's and then I read this. At the time I could not understand it enough to enjoy it. I don't know if it is because I am older or because I listened on audible, but I found I really liked it this time around. I like Sci-Fi and I like reading about space travel. It is amazing how little Sci-Fi actually has space travel. When they have space travel it usually involves the military. This has a family in space, making it easier for me to picture myself in space.

This kept my attention. Toward the end there was some heavy math and physics. I had a little problem staying with Pohl on that, but as a whole I enjoyed the read and want to go on to the third book. As I grow older I seem to appreciate Pohl's ability to look into the future and write about it.

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By Jeffery on 10-02-14

Another Winner

It may just be because I'm rereading a series I really enjoyed in my youth, but I just can't stop listening to this series. I'm picking up on stuff I missed the last time I read this series and the story is keeping me very focused. Must get some sleep tonight!!! No more marathon listening sessions. I may need Sigmund to help me through this problem.

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By Michael on 01-21-17

As Good As Gateway

What made the experience of listening to Beyond the Blue Event Horizon the most enjoyable?

The story was progressed in a brilliant way. Excellent story telling. Fiction at its best.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the characters were very believable and the story moved on in a very logical and enjoyable way.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the introduction of new characters and their story lines.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

By NICOLA on 04-01-16

Escapism at its best

Well written,excellently narrated and right up my street. Good descriptive passages created vivid pictures in the mind.

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