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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard novel with a soft heart, 6 Nov 2008
This review is from: Tau Zero (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
As the blurb on the front cover suggests this really is hard sci-fi at its finest.

The novel opens with a rendevous between a man who turns out to be the mission security officer and a woman who is to be second in charge on the ship. What they arrange is a relationship of convenience for onboard and after - they take a deposit before.

Their mission is to colonize a like Earth planet in another solar system. On board are 25 men and 25 women who will have to pair off on or before arrival in order to populate the new planet. The mission would take lifetimes if not for the ability to travel at almost the speed of light. Relatavistic effect means that time will move slower on the ship the faster they go whilst time outside will seem to accelerate. Simple.

Not so simple. There is a malfuction after a collision which means that they can not slow down while they are within the galaxy - so they must leave it and in doing so travel so far into the future that they will have left everything they know behind. Then the crew start to break down and relationships become strained, especially when the two mentioned protagonists seperate because of an infidelity.

The action is good and the tense atmosphere on board is thrilling. How far from home must they travel? How far into the future must they go? How will they cope? What we have here is a story of a love that spans and transends space, time, infidelity, the universe and creation itself.
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2009 00:05:22 BDT
Liammons says:
I know how you like to rattle on about your masters degree, but i wonder how much it cost you on ebay? I am but a lesser mortal in the world of the arts but one would normally refer to it as an EARTH LIKE planet.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2009 05:50:39 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2009 15:48:43 BDT
Liammons says:
Ah the delightfully crass answer of the pseudo-educated neaveou-riche! It could so easily have been answered by simply stating the name of the college, without the financial details.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2009 18:41:43 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 6 Sep 2009 22:21:46 BDT
Liammons says:
Gall or Gaul? I don't thing Vercingetorix was working class, though maybe Obelix was.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Sep 2009 01:56:59 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2009 01:29:22 BDT
Liammons says:
Oh please. It shows that you edited the above post and changed the spelling of 'gaul' to the correct 'gall'. I know i'm being somewhat pedantic, but it did allow a rather humerous reference to your alter ego and doppleganger.

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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2009 20:32:05 BDT
Liammons says:
Comic edits aside, you are now showing your true colours. So what if i am a homosexual, have you a problem with that. You see i also belong to a minority group, I just get on with my life and don't need to cry about the injustices of the world. I have lots of straight friends, and a few decicedly camp ones too big deal.
Now, in my opinion the only true evil in this world is gluttony.....

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