Release Date: 16/05/13
Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few), and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth's Ecological Engineering Corps? We'll leave that aside for now - just be thankful that the most powerful weapon in space is in good hands, hands which now control cellular material for thousands of outlandish creatures. With his unique equipment and powerful spacecraft, Tuf is set to tackle the myriad problems that human settlers have created during their colonisation of far flung worlds. Hosts of hostile monsters, a population addicted to procreation, a dictator who is willing to unleash plagues to get his own way - and all that stands between the colonists and disaster is Tuf's ingenuity, and his reputation as an honest dealer in a universe of rogues...
To be honest I’ve been a huge fan of George’s writing for quite some time and whilst it always feel like an indeterminable wait for the next title in the Fire and Ice series, I’ve been lucky enough to grab some of his back catalogue tales to read when I’ve needed my GRRM fix.
Here in this very early release is a set of short stories that will not only keep the reader glued as George’s magic winds its way into your imagination. The prose is sharp, the pace delightful and when added with a whole set of stories that you can dip into for any journey or lunch break , may well be the book that saves your sanity during the work day slog.