Gateway (Heechee Saga #1) - Frederik Pohl8.14

Nebula Award 1977, Hugo Award 1978, Locus Award 1978.

RICH MAN, DEAD MAN

Those were the choices Gateway offered - the same for women, too, of course. Gateway opened on all the wealth of the Universe... and on reaches of unimaginable horror.

The humans who rode the alien Heechee spacecraft stored on the planetoid couldn't know whether the trip would make them millionaires or corpses.

When Bob Broadhead came out to Gateway, he thought his problem was simple - wait till the mission felt right, then ship out. But watching returned prospectors scraped from the insides of their ships, falling in love, feeling his nerve dwindle - all these things changed him.

Then, years later, Robinette Broadhead, a three-mission veteran, famous and permanently rich, has to face just what happened to him and what he is... in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void he finally drove himself to take!

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Heechee Saga :: Series

The Boy Who Would Live Forever
Gateway (Heechee Saga #1)8.14
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon (Heechee Saga #2)6.66
Heechee Rendezvous (Heechee Saga #3)5.66
The Annals of the Heechee (Heechee Saga #4)
The Gateway Trip: Tales and Vignettes of the Heechee (Heechee Saga #5)