Starfarers When evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy is planned and an eclectic team of scientists is chosen to make the trip B

  • Title: Starfarers
  • Author: Poul Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780812545999
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • When evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers, an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy is planned and an eclectic team of scientists is chosen to make the trip But because the origin of the alien signals is thousands of light years away, the crew will age only a few years while millennia pass on Earth And though they are ready to faWhen evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers, an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy is planned and an eclectic team of scientists is chosen to make the trip But because the origin of the alien signals is thousands of light years away, the crew will age only a few years while millennia pass on Earth And though they are ready to face the ramifications of such a voyage, none of the starfarers are prepared for what awaits them at the outer edge of the cosmos or back at the planet they once called home.

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    • Tim Martin says:

      _Starfarers_ is definitely both "hard" science fiction and also epic in scope. The basic premise is that in the relatively near future SETI astronomers find evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life, not by receiving and decoding any communication from distant worlds, but by discerning interesting and at first unexplainable astronomical phenomena, occurrences that with time and study lead researchers to conclude that they are evidence of starships traveling very near the speed of light.With [...]

    • Michael says:

      This book is one of last books published by Poul Anderson. He shows once again why he was considered to be one of Science Fiction's top writers. Although published 20 years ago this book is still relevant today. It is a mix of science fiction and hard science. Much of the science he uses to explain his space drives and other technology in this book is still being used by today's science fiction writers. This book is about spaceflight that approaches the speed of light but never exceeds it. Thus [...]

    • Christopher says:

      Starfarers was one of Poul Anderson's last works, published in 1998 three years before the science-fiction author's death at the age of 74. It also looks back decades to his early career, incorporating the short story "Ghetto" that was published back in the 1950s. Its plot praises the human ambition to explore: after x-ray starship trails are discovered in star systems far away, the starship Envoy is launched to meet these aliens.Relativistic effects mean that thousands of years will pass on Ear [...]

    • Josh says:

      A slightly interesting story but the writing is preposterous and pretentious. Specifically, the dialogue between characters, astronauts chosen for a mission of indeterminate length to a distant star, is unbelievably cliche and shallow. Even after spending years with eachother on the mission, they are still discussing basic facts and motivations in each others' lives? Dumb.The larger issues, relating to the starfarers being isolated from planetary populations due to time dilation effects, are mor [...]

    • Elar says:

      Poul Anderson last book gives humanity a slither of a hope and is not too morbid. Thank you grandmaster for all the stars and years.

    • Gary Holt says:

      This book is one of the few SF works that doesn't posit faster-than-light travel. When clearly alien signals of spaceships traveling at 0.999 of the speed of light are received, a mission is prepared to visit them--but more time will elapse while they are in flight than there has been so far in all of recorded human history, and the planet will be unrecognizably different when they return--if they return.The story follows two major lines: the characters' adventures as they meet the aliens, and h [...]

    • Hattas Martin says:

      Najskôr som myslel, že knihu odložím. Dvesto strán prečítaných a stále som sa trápil čítaním. Každou stranou som očakával, kedy sa pohnú ľady. Človek sa dočká, keď bude vytrvalí :)

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    • Bob says:

      An interesting description of the evolution of the starfaring Earth. The main starship takes 12,000 earth years to complete a 12 year ship time mission. It's a good read a little judgy though!

    • Donald says:

      Great concept but as far as I'm concerned, poorly written. The story was hard to follow but that could be because I became so very bored with the writing style and the lack of continuity. I certainly would not read this again and I would think twice about reading more of his work.

    • Crystal says:

      I absolutely loved this book!!I haven't read a lot of books that take place in space, so "Starfarers" was a fantastic place to start. And it isn't quite what I expected from the summary that was on the back.The worst part to get through was the very beginning, simply because there was a lot of scientific talk that went over my head until I went back to reread it. However, once I got past the prologue and into the actual story, it held my interest and left me wanting more."Starfarers" has a littl [...]

    • Ybbi says:

      It could have done without the last 5 or so chapters honestly. The crew/humans grew too stubborn for me to tolerate. Also Nansen gets to artsy-fartsy whiny (passionate, too passionate, I guess).As for Poul Anderson's writing in this; it's amusing how he can go from NatGeo/Discovery Channel monotonous to utterly, profoundly poetic. My first dip into hard sci-fi and the science was pretty easy to follow (after, naturally, an initial sluggish pace lol).Overall it was a fantastic ride. A story I'll [...]

    • Monty says:

      This book has an interesting premise, and takes place over eleven thousand years on Earth, and about six, due to time dilation, aboard the starship "Envoy". The story is weak on science, and the credibility of the state of the Earth- and humankind in general- is not too good. However, the story of the interpersonal relationships, the encounters with aliens, the trials and tribulations experienced by "Envoy"'s crew is fascinating. Poul Anderson has the most fertile mind of any Sci-Fi writer since [...]

    • John says:

      Overall, it was a pretty good read. I probably would have given it 3.5 stars, but since that wasn't an option.Overall story concept was very good, although you have trouble identifying with the characters (I ended up with a non-committal feeling towards most of them throughout the book). Not a lot of techie gobbledygook to slow you down (in other words, no 1-page descriptions of how something works). The filler chapters are kind of a strange idea, but it is interesting to see what is happening b [...]

    • Arsen Zahray says:

      The idea for this book is really exiting, but for me it's not as enjoyable as it should be. For one, the characters aren't memorable, and there are a lot of them (I do have a problem remembering names). The other thing I didn't like is "flashbacks" - the book is mostly written as a linear story, but with "flashbacks" on what is happening on the earth or was happening in the past or whatever. I didn't like those too. And the last problem is the writing style, which in my opinion could be more exc [...]

    • June says:

      This book is my type of science fiction. Science based, strange aliens, even stranger aliens and artificial intelligence. The story was interesting. It jumped from Earth to the spaceship. It did not utilize warp speed so the journey took 10,000 years of Earth time to about 8 of ship time(travel close to the speed of light, time dilation.) My biggest complaint with the book was that it was a little verbose.

    • Dan says:

      Poul Anderson does not ease a reader into his stories very well, but kind of throws you into the deep end of the pool by expecting you to intimately know the plot and all the characters from the very first page. This makes it very difficult to make it past the first chapter in any of his books. However, if you do struggle through, Poul peppers his stories with brilliant ideas that make it so worth the read.

    • Matthew Hester says:

      I was debating on whether I would try to to write a review extremely pretentiously to prove a point how terrible and pretenious this book was, but it wasnt worth the time or effort. Anderson did well in making sure his science was realistic and believable; but unfortunately he forgot to write a good book in the process.

    • Benjamin says:

      This book looked promising from page one as a really good science-fiction story. For many parts it was such a story. As it progressed, however, one of the story lines simply degenerated into what seemed to me like a cheap romance. It ruined the book for me at the time, as it brought everything to a screeching halt.

    • Linda says:

      I read this as the first of 8 books over 450 pages long in a challenge that lasts from March 1, 2010 to dec.31. I expected to like it because Poul Anderson is an award-winning science fiction author and I loved the premise of the book. I struggled through it and did not enjoy the characters, their relationships, and the boring science. Sorry!

    • Donald McEntee says:

      This is a big, detailed word-painting using the rich and varied palette of Poul Anderson. It requires just a MITE more patience than I was capable of mustering; i.e I found of few late chapters I was willing to skip over without great harm. Curiosity of how it would all turn out was sufficient to keep me going to its conclusion just.

    • Beth Shearon says:

      "Ghetto" (1954) and "The Horn of Time the Hunter" (also known as "Homo Aquaticus", 1963) are about the Kith also, have not been found on on their own but can be found within _Maurai and Kith_ (1982) The story of "Ghetto" is included within _Starfarers_ but is slightly changed.

    • Tony says:

      My first Poul Anderson book. Not bad. I may need to read others to see if the gaps in this story are indicative of how Poul Anderson writes or if this was unique to this tale. A good story with the human failings we are familiar with mixed together with new ideas I had not previously considered.

    • Terry says:

      A bit too long and stilted in places, Starfarers is worth reading because of the concepts used in the narrative. Much more thought-provoking than Hollywood fodder like Contact (the movie).

    • Shana Yates says:

      The book was fairly well done. A bit on the long side, but included a lot of interesting ideas. The end felt sort of sudden (despite the length). Overall, not bad, but not the best science fiction I've ever read.

    • Shawn says:

      Oh so disappointed. I love Anderson's work. He is one of my favorite authors. The idea behind this book is awesome. Unfortunately the book drags on and on and is 200 pages too long. Would sat this book is not indicative of Anderson's overall genius.

    • Larry Koester says:

      As all his books and imaginative and interesting read.

    • Fredrick Danysh says:

      The SETI program discovers an advanced civilization. Earth's scientists develop a speed of light engine and the starship Envy is launched with a target 60,000 light-years away.

    • Brett says:

      Science Fiction

    • Anthony Faber says:

      A future history of the human race.

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