Classic Sci-fi, still thought provoking,
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This review is from: Tau Zero (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Paperback)
I've read a couple of Poul Anderson novels, such as Jem and Man-Plus. This is by far the hardest Sci-Fi I can recall reading from him, although he does touch upon it similar themes in Gateway (and I believe quite a few other of his novels). It's not a very long book, and I got through it during a weekend, but that's because I personally found it to be a page turner. It's not the most gripping or exciting novel in terms of action or adventure, but the draw is in the concept of near-light speed travel. I find some of the physics in the book a little hard to grasp - not the light speed travel, but the descriptions of how light begins to shift at certain speeds and space becomes a blue colour.
Regarding the characterisation, I found it convincing enough - certainly the story's hero has his work cut out!!! But this is not a novel to be purchased for the human story. This is high concept sci-fi, but still very though provoking and definitely belonging on the bookshelf of any serious sci-fi reader or writer.