Starfarers is the story of an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy, where answers to mankind's greatest questions await.
The saga begins when evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers. "Trails" observed in the sky are thought to be from starships travelling at the speed of light, an enigma that spurs scientific minds until this breakthrough is achieved by mankind as well. An expedition is then mounted and an eclectic team of scientists chosen to journey into the sector where the intelligent life is allegedly located.
But because the destination of the starship, Envoy, and her crew is 60,000 light-years away, the time required to reach the point of origin of the signals and return is 120,000 years - longer than Homo sapiens has been on Earth. And though the crew is ready to face the ramifications of such a trek, no one is prepared for what awaits them at the outer edge of the cosmos - or back at the planet they once called home.
Starfarers is a story of patience and immediacy, but most of all of courage. It is a saga for anyone who has ever felt the emptiness of life on Earth and found the missing substance in the spaces between the stars.
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Interesting story BUT -
Love the general premise. But Anderson gets so involved and detailed the book is almost unreadable. Endless pages of physics chatter. Then endless social interaction chatter. Endless social romance dialoge - that takes up probably 1/3 of the first 1/2 of the book. Nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. Then it turns to treasonous talk and mutiny talk that goes on and on from people that one would hope to become better than that. SO get over it already.
The story is really good but I find myself flipping through pages and pages of material just to get to the parts that are the SciFi bits.
Anderson has gotten lost in this one and I am to. Disappointed. I will flip through more pages in hopes of finding out what out what actually happens to the good crew of Envoy.