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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).
Title: Tau Zero.
Edition: First British edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher: Victor Gollancz: London.: 1971.
ISBN Number: 0575006722
ISBN Number 13: 9780575006720
Grading: Fine copy in a near fine dustjacket.
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 33491