Poul Anderson: Tau Zero (S.F. MASTERWORKS)



Veryone except the constable always out of ideas when anything appens I don t recall Anderson s other stories and novels being like this at all and my general impression was I liked a number of The Uninvited hisBTW just to explain my frame of reference Arthur C Clarke wasis my favorite sci fi author followed by Robert Heinlein many works especially Stranger in a Strange Land Larry Niven Ring World Robert Forward Dragon s Egg Carl Sagan and some othersAnyhow I uit aboutalf way thru oping it would get better after the first 10 or so pages But it only went downhill from there This is what one might classify as ard SF from the 1960 s There are some interesting and thought provoking concepts and illustrations of the effects and conseuences of Einstein Special Theory of Relativity such as time dilation when approaching the speed of light There is a lot of science in the book and the effects of time dilation are taken to the extremeWhere this book falls down for me is in the writing characterisation and dialogue The prose is uite clunky and I Decoding Air Travel had to re read a number of sentences to make sense of them This is as much as exploration of being lost in space with little chance of rescue on the psychology of the travellers but for me Anderson doesn tave the writing skill to produce interesting and believable characters Despite being relatively short I still found it a bit plodding It could easily Dragon's Curse (The Hearts of Dragons Book 1) (English Edition) hav I grew up with Anderson s brand ofard sci fi but never got round to reading this one It starts with a fascinating possible future where the Swedes rule the world as the only people who can be trusted not to start a war A starship sets out to investigate a potential alternative Earth then Keys to the Ultimate Freedom hits a problem which means it can t put the brakes on at journey s end How to get out of it which I m not going to explain andow the crew and passengers cope is the basis of the plotOne small detail which actually makes this book workable is the things that Anderson skips over for example the central character who s a combination sheriff and sergeant major made a name for Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences himself whene fought for the Zebras during the troubles on Mars No need to explain as it s not relevant to the reader but a citizen of Earth in the period when the book s set would know exactly what was meant It as taken 50 years of reading science fiction for me to find this book It is certainly a classic and the basic idea develops from mundane a voyage of a mere 30 light years to awe inspiring The problem with the book is that there are only two characters the ship which as an attractive feminine name which confirms my premise and the Resilient humans on board which are so alike and bland that they can scarcely be differentiated The ship seems toave a will of its own Every new situation which arises results in the same decision by the umans who only notionally control the ship and that is GO FASTER Worth reading just for the incredible and boundless scope of the authors imagination Reminds me of another classic ard ScFi Ringworl. En it its a cloud of interstellar dust and acceleration continues toward light speed tau zero Soon the ship is speeding through galaxies and eons are passing on board the ship in the blink of an ey.

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Arthur C Clarke Robert A Heinlein Ben Bova and Stanislaw Lew produced some of the best classic ard science fiction But every list of classic novels in that sub genre invariably includes Poul Anderson s wild ride into interstellar space Tau ZeroA great example of classic جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها hard science fictionIn factard science is so deeply embedded into Anderson s story that you might need a PhD in physics to understand what s going on The author who eld only a BA in physics demonstrates far than undergraduate level understanding of the field in the novel He alternates narrative passages and dialogue with sometimes lengthy explanations of relativity time dilation and the nature of the cosmos It s ard slogging for a reader like me without a scientific background Yet the vast scope of the tale and the insightful presentation of the characters under stress make this nonetheless a fascinating and rewarding readTau Zero begins simply enough Some two centuries in the future one of several starships is about to leave Earth orbit for a distant planet Ingrid Lindgren is the First Officer of the Leonora Christine and former police colonel Charles Jan Reymont is the Constable Although we meet a large number of others among the fifty passengers and crew on the ship the focus throughout is on these two They set out on a journey of thirty two light years toward the third planet of Beta VirginisFor decades Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 humankindas been traveling to the stars The Bussard engine a concept developed in the twentieth century enables their ship to gradually approach but never attain the speed of lightSophisticated presentation of psychology as well as physicsAnderson demonstrates impressive command of psychology in describing the couplings and conflicts of What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, his fifty characters Lindgren and Reymont uickly move in together then abruptly split up when Lindgren strays Some of the others form casual liaisons others still enter into partnerships that last throughout Their lives are stressful despite the many amenities on board but conflict breaks out into the open nine light years from Earth when the Leonora Christine collides with a cloud of debris that damages the propulsion system And that catastrophic accident changes their destiny foreverTau Zero presents an intriguing ifighly unlikely future for the people of planet Earth A nuclear war as destroyed the superpowers who waged it and led to an unusual form of world government Sweden now the world s wealthiest country is at the elm enforcing the general disarmament that followed the war Lindgren 8 1/2 herself the ship s captain are both Swedes but nearly all the rest of the passengers and crew represent dozens of other countries as well as a few whoave lived on Health and Healing for African-Americans human colonies in the solar system Anderson does a good job avoiding the temptation to stereotype the different nationalities Interestingly the authorimself was Danish American and grew up speaking both is parents s language as well as English It s no wonder Tau Zero is so widely regarded as one of th. Fifty men and women set out in the twenty third century from Earth aboard an interstellar craft to travel to a planet some thirty light years away The ship will approach the speed of light and so as.

E best examples of great example of classic ard science fiction Tau Zero New Testament Apocalyptic has always been one of my favorite booksdefinitely my favorite science fiction book But the narration on the audible version is terrible Neil Hellegers is simply awful His narration is so distracting that Iad to stop listening after 隠れていた宇宙 [Kakurete Ita Uchū] 2 half anour If I could return it I would Female characters are poorly regarded but if you accept that as part and parcel of reading a 50 year old book there is still much to enjoy despite that the immensity of space the tragedy of relativity the power and loss of same of The Sorcerers Soul human connectionMy other issue is the actual print uality of the book is terrible Words misspelt or missing letters or mixed up completely It was aeadache to read with blotchy ink I enjoyed this short story It s a tale of being confined to a space craft on a long voyage and the social effects on the crew Where it fell down for me was the fact that it s scientifically inaccurate Even at the speed of light they d still take 40000 years to cross our galaxy Published in 1967 the writing is notably dated Because of it s time of publication I ve not based my rating on the way women are portrayed in the bookFifty very bright and capable experts in their fields set off from Earth to colonize another world The basis of their propulsion is that the ship gathers ydrogen along the way burning it and gaining speed Disaster strikes and the ship s ability to decrease speed is ruined and they continue to gain speed passing their destination and catapult through the universeAs undreds of billions of years pass outside it s only a matter of years inside At no point in this alleged masterwork do I form any sort of bond with the people aboard The bond that I did form was for a people who know that their own civilization their own solar system is long ended and they are in complete isolation on this shipThen there s the science It s considered Satans Mistress hard science fiction and much of the science in this bookas been completely debunked As a physicist and a sci fi fan for MANY years this is perhaps the worst What My Mother and I Dont Talk About hard sci fi book I ve ever read I fail to understand the rave reviews it s received the characters are ridiculous the engineers and scientists running the ship give up at the first sign of trouble and the obnoxious militaristic constable is the only one presenting possible solutions to every problem technical or social while others wring theirands Absurd And a lot of their ard science is just wrong yes the ship appears much massive to whatever it encounters but the reverse is also true dust becomes as massive as boulders from the ship s perspective That s the essence of relativity there is no special frame of reference And the pseudo gravity they experience is without any credible explanationYears ago I read lots of sci fi as a kidteenager and this one seems aimed primarily at 15 year old boys Women fawning over men acting manly and eager to jump in bed guys eager to get in physical fights over arguments Einstein predicted subjective time on board will slow and so the journey of several decades will be of much shorter duration for the crewBut the ship's deceleration system is irreparably damaged wh.

Poul Anderson 1926 2001 grew up bilingual in a Danish American family After discovering science fiction fandom and earning a physics degree at the University of Minnesota he found writing science fiction satisfactory Admired for his hard science fiction mysteries historical novels and fantasy with rivets he also excelled in humor He was the guest of honor at the 1959 World Science Fiction Convention and at many similar events including the 1998 Contact Japan 3 and the 1999 Strannik Conference in Saint Petersburg Russia Besides winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards he has received the Gandalf Seiun and Strannik or Wanderer Awards A founder of the Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America he became a Grand Master and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame In 1952 he met Karen Kruse; they married in Berkeley California where their daughter Astrid was born and they later lived in Orinda California Astrid and her husband science fiction author Greg Bear now live with their family outside Seattle