To the Stars

To the Stars

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by L. Ron Hubbard
     
 

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A SAGA OF COSMIC DIMENSIONS.  To the Stars is set in an uncertain, strife-torn future when the first starships of man are traveling across the galaxy but not without extracting a terrible price from their crews. The novel's thought-provoking opening line, "Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy," powerfully…  See more details below

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A SAGA OF COSMIC DIMENSIONS.  To the Stars is set in an uncertain, strife-torn future when the first starships of man are traveling across the galaxy but not without extracting a terrible price from their crews. The novel's thought-provoking opening line, "Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy," powerfully captures the challenges facing the brave men and women of these vessels, people who must give up their former lives to explore space as entire generations and whole societies come and go on Earth, while those aboard remain essentially untouched by the passage of time in a vessel traveling at nearly the speed of light. "This is indeed golden SF from the Golden Age.” —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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Originally published by Astounding Science Fiction magazine in 1950, what has been called one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written is being re-released by Galaxy Press in a visually stunning hardcover edition.

L. Ron Hubbard's timeless classic To the Stars begins with one of the genre's most memorable opening lines: "Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy." In a future where spaceships traverse the universe at nearly the speed of light, a young engineer's dreams of making a fortune in space have nightmarish consequences as he is forced into duty aboard a long-passage starship. These ships prove Einstein's time-dilation theory (as mass approaches the speed of light it approaches infinity, and time approaches zero) and even though their journey may only last a few weeks, decades have passed on Earth.

When Alan Corday finally returns to Earth, he immediately travels to New Chicago in search of his fiancée. But in the few weeks that he has been gone, Earth is -- to put it mildly -- much changed. Without family or friends or a relevant society to return to, Corday does what he vowed never to do again: He signs on for another long passage.

Not unlike the starships featured within, Hubbard's To the Stars has -- astonishingly -- beaten back Time, the relentless enemy. After more than half a century, the novel remains just as timely, just as awe-inspiring, just as profoundly moving as it was in 1950. Anyone who doubts the sheer creative and visionary genius of L. Ron Hubbard need just read this novel. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592126217
Publisher:
Galaxy Press, LLC
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Series:
Mission Earth
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
210
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
File size:
674 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

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To the Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ScottDWelch More than 1 year ago
This is a true classic of the genre. Imagine leaving Earth in a spaceship and returning a few weeks later but what you find is that a few decades have actually passed on your home planet. That can pose a serious problem, especially when the person in question, Alan Corday, is kidnapped and forced into service on the space vessel while his fiancée remains behind. This is a fast-moving tale that deals with the consequences of speed-of-light travel very well. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Time seems to stand still as one listens to the engrossing tale of something that may be possible, may be improbable, and may not be very desirable. My favorite character is Alan Corday, which was wonderfully portrayed. I highly recommend this CD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dang this stuff is expensive . Wonder who gets the money ?