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Tau Zero

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The epic voyage of the spacecraft Leonora Christine will take her and her fifty-strong crew to a planet some thrity light-years distant. But, because the ship will accelerate to close to the spped of light, for those on board subjective time will slow and the journey will be of only a few years' dur...

  • Author: Poul Anderson
  • Book Awards

    Nominated for 1 (1 unique awards)
  • 1 Hugo

  • Book Award Years
    1971 Hugo Nominated: Tau Zero

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    Reviews/Comments On Tau Zero

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
    By: Lazarus L.
    2014-06-07 09:58:15

    Sci - very good, Fi - very poor.
    The book explores an interesting idea indeed. But literature-wise it is a failure. Flat characters, boring story.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-08-15 11:51:03

    Author is said to be Alastair Reynolds, But it is Poul Anderson?

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    By: Zeno
    2014-09-04 06:05:04

    This is a decent novel but near the end it clearly deviates from hard science fiction. Anyone who has read this can guess what I am talking about. That is why it does not quite fit this list.

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    By: Anonymous
    2014-09-16 08:42:55

    Well, at the time of it's writing (SPOILERS) dark matter/energy hadn't been discovered and the idea of an oscillating universe was still plausible. So it's not too far a deviation from hard science (if you assume the ship could survive the Big Crunch).

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-19 10:18:10

    Poul Anderson wrote Tau Zero and maybe I am the only person to notice that the book pictured opposite this review is 'Revelation Space' that was, indeed, written by Alaistair Reynolds. Crazy stuff!

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