Tau Zero

Tau Zero

eBook - 2002
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Poul Andersons "Tau Zero" is an outstanding work of science fiction, in part because it combines two qualities that are often at odds in this genre: an interest in the emotional lives of its characters and a fascination with all things technological and scientific. In "Tau Zero" these components are not merely fused; they work together with a remarkable synergy that makes the novel much more than just a deep space adventure story.
Publisher: New York : RosettaBooks, 2002
ISBN: 9780795307423
079530742X
9780795307461
0795307462
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook

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RichardPaul
Nov 12, 2012

Tau Zero ---- by Poul Anderson c - 1970 (Sci-Fi) ---- This is a Very Good Read! ---- In my teenage years when this tale was written: I did not have the Capacity to grasp what was being said. -- In that, how Poul Anderson was having great fun. -- I don't think many under 18 to 20 Yrs. Old, will be able to understand this story and the authors humor in it. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 11-11-2012)

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thomd
Aug 12, 2012

This was the first hard SF novel I read, oh so many years ago. The original short story didn't have the personalities, but I think they add to this story. To people who expected to be in contact with earth when they landed, what are the effects of passing thousands of years, or millions, or the death of the earth itself? I thought the ending was a little quick and a little convenient, which brings it down to 4 star for me. Definitely enjoyed rereading this, though!

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Nov 12, 2012

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thomd
Aug 08, 2012

The novel centers on a ten-year interstellar voyage aboard the spaceship Leonora Christine, and it opens with members of the crew preparing for their departure from earth. It is an especially moving departure because they know that while they are aboard the ship and traveling close to the speed of light, time will be passing much more quickly back home. As a result, by the time they return everyone they know will have long since died. Beyond the physics of the novel, Poul Anderson also explores the emotional and psychological states of the fifty crewmembers ast they settle in for the long journey together. They are a highly-trained team of scientists and researchers, but they are also a community of individuals, each trying to make a life for him or herself in space.

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