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Tau Zero (S.F. Masterworks)

Fifty men and women set out in the twenty-third century from Earth aboard an interstellar craft to travel to a planet some thirty light-years away. The ship will approach the speed of light and so (as Einstein predicted) subjective time on board will slow and so the journey of several decades will be of much shorter duration for the crew. But the ship's deceleration system is irreparably damaged when it hits a cloud of interstellar dust and acceleration continues toward light speed, tau zero. Soon the ship is speeding through galaxies and eons are passing on board the ship in the blink of an eye ...
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This is the classic hard science fiction novel and the ultimate sense-of-wonder story 'Imaginative and at time brilliant' The Sunday Times 'Magnificent ... a sense of timelessness, human eternity, and the order of the cosmos ... builds to an overpowering climax' Barry Malzberg 'Its speculations on cosmology are fascinating and the hypothesis it embodies is strikingly well conceived ... Convincingly sustained' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 'An enjoyable novel ... The voyage through space-time takes the ship beyond the dissolution of our universe' Brian W. Aldiss Poul Anderson was one of the towering figures in science fiction and this novel is one of his best loved and most brilliant

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Poul Anderson (1926-2001) was born in Pennsylvania of Scandinavian stock. He started publishing science fiction in 1947 and became one the great figures in the genre, serving as President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, winning many Hugo and Nebula awards, and also winning the Gandalf (Grand Master) Award.

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