Title Tau Zero.
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First British edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Victor Gollancz: London. 1971.
0575006722 / 9780575006720
Seller ID 33491
SF novel. Very uncommon British hardcover.
''Tau Zero (June - August 1967 Galaxy as ''To Outlive Eternity''; expanded 1970) is less successful as fiction, though its speculations on Cosmology are fascinating, and the hypothesis it embodies is strikingly well conceived. A spaceship from Earth, intended to fly near the speed of light so that humans can reach the stars without dying of old age (as a consequence of the time-dilation of Special Relativity described by the Lorentz-Fitzgerald equations), uncontrolledly continues to accelerate at a constant one gravity after reaching its intended terminal velocity, so that the disparity between ship-time and external time becomes ever greater: aeons hurtle by outside, until eventually the universe contracts to form a monobloc. After a new Big Bang the ship begins to slow gradually and the crew plans to settle a new planet in the universe that has succeeded our own. The felt scope of the narrative is convincingly sustained throughout, though the characters tend to the soap-operatic'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).