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Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
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Jul 23, 10

bookshelves: sci-fi
Read in October, 2009

This book represents everything great about hard science fiction. The descriptions of a spacecraft approaching the speed of light are compelling, and the author weaves physics and speculation together with beautiful and clear writing. The characters presented are appropriately pulpy for a science fiction novel, but capable enough of allowing exploration of the social and personal trauma of a colonization mission gone terribly wrong. A truly enjoyable read and highly recommended for those unfamiliar with this fine author. Tau Zero represents Anderson's middle period; his career began in the early 1950's (considered the Golden Age of Science Fiction) and continued until his death in 2001; he was awarded several Hugo and Nebula awards, and was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers' Association in 1997.
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