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This edition was published in by GuildAmerica Books in New York.

Written in English

160 pages

Poul Anderson's 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.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. From practically the very first page, therefore, Tau Zero sets the scientific realities of space travel in dramatic tension with the no-less-real emotional and psychological states of the travelers. This is a dynamic Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel as fifty crewmembers 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.This is the background within which the action of the novel takes place. Anderson carefully depicts the network of relationships linking these people before the real plot begins to unfold. The voyage soon takes a unexpected and disastrous turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted, cloudlike nebula that makes it impossible for the crew to decelerate the ship. The only hope, in fact, is for the ship to speed up. But acceleration towards the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more quickly, and the crew finds itself hurtling deeper into space and further into the future. Anderson's experience as a physicist is evidenced in the knowledgeable way he discusses the technical details of space and time travel, although his explanations never become burdensome or tedious. More to the point, the painstaking care with which he has drawn the characters ensures that the action is both imaginatively compelling and emotionally meaningful. It is a combination that is unfortunately all too rare in science fiction.

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Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
February 9, 2006, Unknown
Paperback
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Tau Zero
2002, RosettaBooks
eBook in English
Cover of: Tau Zero (SF Collector's Edition) (Gollancz SF Collector's Edition)
Tau Zero (SF Collector's Edition) (Gollancz SF Collector's Edition)
2000, Gollancz
Paperback - New Ed edition
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Tau zero
2000, VGSF
in English
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Tau Zero
1997, Doubleday Direct
Hardcover
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Tau zero
1990, VGSF
in English
Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
February 15, 1981, Berkley
in English
Cover of: Tau Zero (Coronet Books)
Tau Zero (Coronet Books)
August 1, 1980, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Paperback - New Ed edition
Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
June 15, 1980, Berkley
in English
Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
February 15, 1978, Berkley
in English
Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
September 1, 1976, Berkley
Cover of: Tau Zero.
Tau Zero.
1973, Coronet
in English
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Tau zero.
1972, Science Fiction Book Club
in English
Cover of: Tau Zero
Tau Zero
1971, Gollancz
in English
Cover of: Tau zero
Tau zero
1970, GuildAmerica Books
in English
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Tau zero.
1970, Doubleday
in English - [1st ed.]

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Tau Zero

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Poul Anderson's 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.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. From practically the very first page, therefore, Tau Zero sets the scientific realities of space travel in dramatic tension with the no-less-real emotional and psychological states of the travelers. This is a dynamic Anderson explores with great success over the course of the novel as fifty crewmembers 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.This is the background within which the action of the novel takes place. Anderson carefully depicts the network of relationships linking these people before the real plot begins to unfold. The voyage soon takes a unexpected and disastrous turn for the worse. The ship passes through a small, uncharted, cloudlike nebula that makes it impossible for the crew to decelerate the ship. The only hope, in fact, is for the ship to speed up. But acceleration towards the speed of light means that time outside the spaceship passes even more quickly, and the crew finds itself hurtling deeper into space and further into the future. Anderson's experience as a physicist is evidenced in the knowledgeable way he discusses the technical details of space and time travel, although his explanations never become burdensome or tedious. More to the point, the painstaking care with which he has drawn the characters ensures that the action is both imaginatively compelling and emotionally meaningful. It is a combination that is unfortunately all too rare in science fiction.

Tau zero

This edition was published in by GuildAmerica Books in New York.


Edition Notes

"A short version of this novel appeared in Galaxy science fiction for June and August 1967 under title: To outlive eternity."

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24613670M
Internet Archive
tauzero00ande
ISBN 10
156865278X
ISBN 13
9781568652788
OCLC/WorldCat
37202159

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