Tau Zero

by Poul Anderson

5 avg rating
Book 39 of 78 in the Best Space Opera Books
38 votes 4 comments
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' 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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Hugo
1971

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4 comments
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.
Anonymous | 2014-08-15 11:51:03
Author is said to be Alastair Reynolds, But it is Poul Anderson?
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.
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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