Tau Zero (First Edition): Poul Anderson Tau Zero (First Edition): Poul Anderson Tau Zero (First Edition): Poul Anderson

Tau Zero (First Edition)

Poul Anderson

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ISBN 10: 0385017154 / ISBN 13: 9780385017152
Published by Doubleday, New York, 1970
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First edition as stated. No dust jacket. Book is near fine with the slightest wear to extremities. Boards are clean with no markings. Pages are clean and white. Altogether a pretty nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 008044

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Title: Tau Zero (First Edition)

Publisher: Doubleday, New York

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: First Edition

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This science fiction novel describes the epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine, which will take a fifty-strong crew to a planet some thirty light years distant.From practically the very first page, Tau Zero sets scientific realities in dramatic tension with the very real emotional and psychological states of the travelers, exploring the effect of time contraction due to traveling at near-light speed on the human psyche. This tension is a dynamic that Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel as fifty crewmembers settle in for the long journey together. While they are a highly trained team of scientists and researchers and therefore professionals, they are also a community of individuals, each of them trying to create for him or herself a life in a whole new space--or, literally, in space.It isn't long, however, before the voyage takes a turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted nebula that makes it impossible to decelerate the ship. Their only hope is to do the opposite and speed up. But acceleration towards and within the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more rapidly, sending the crew deeper into space and further into an unknown future.

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The epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine will take her and her fifty-strong crew to a planet some thirty light-years distant. But, because the ship will accelerate to close to the speed of light, for those on board subjective time will slow and the journey will be of only a few years' duration. Then a buffeting by an interstellar dustcloud changes everything. The ship's deceleration system is damaged irreperably and soon she is gaining velocity. When she attains light-speed, tau zero itself, the disparity between ship-time and external time becomes almost impossibly great. Eons and galaxies hurtle by, and the crew of the Leonora Christine speeds into the unknown.

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