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