But, for attempting to write sci-fi that somewhat conforms to the laws of physics, and for leaving Scientologist hogwash out of the book, I find myself giving this book a much higher rating than I thought I would. Definitely worth a read, no matter what you think of L. Mar 08, Ron rated it it was amazing. This has got to be one of the best science fictions books ever. It is a true classic. I first read it in when I found it in the library.
I have read it numerous times since.
I have often said that the true test of really well written fiction is being able to pick up a book you've already read, open it to any page and be right back into the story as if you'd been reading it all along. This book has passed that test over and over for me.
If you've never read it you have a gaping whole in your This has got to be one of the best science fictions books ever. If you've never read it you have a gaping whole in your Sci-Fi library. Cool scifi story about Alan Corday who was shanghaid aboard the "Hound of Heaven.
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The adventurer has his tough times with the Captain Jocelyn, visits strange colonies, one taken over by aliens, and the Earth changes as the centuries roll on. Fascinating study of how a man changes and how the Earth may change as it Cool scifi story about Alan Corday who was shanghaid aboard the "Hound of Heaven. Fascinating study of how a man changes and how the Earth may change as it got more decadent as the centuries passed. A must-read, could pass for a Young Adult novel. Aug 23, John Goodwin rated it it was amazing. This is one of the grittier science fiction stories I have read.
It deals with the extreme emotions of space travel and is based on the time dilation principle that as mass approaches the speed of light, time approaches zero. So those who are outbound to the stars in craft approaching the speed of light return to a much aged Earth relative to them. So their people are gone after returning from a voyage that perhaps only took them a few months.
I really felt for the voyagers and could see why the This is one of the grittier science fiction stories I have read. I really felt for the voyagers and could see why the Captain, did what he did, and how the real purpose for these ships made for a very surprise ending. Jul 27, Maradox rated it really liked it.
Apr 27, Jim Davis rated it liked it. I was born in and have been reading SF most of my life but somehow I missed this novel until just now. I wish I would have read it in the early 60's as a teenager when it would have seemed a very interesting and innovative story. I would have given it 4 or maybe even 5 stars then. It may have been the first novel depicting the effects of time dilation when traveling in interstellar space at near the speed of light. Silverberg wrote a similar story in called Starman's Quest. The premise I was born in and have been reading SF most of my life but somehow I missed this novel until just now.
The premise is that when men travel to the stars at near light speed a much greater amount of time takes place on the earth they left than they actually experience on the voyage. This presents the problem of going on a 3 month trip to a distant star and having years pass by on earth when they return. Things have changed to much to Earth society for the voyagers to adapt to and now they are trapped into making more and more trips. In the context of when this was originally serialized in Astounding it was very innovative and well written.
I would consider it to be one of the best Sf novels of The book seems dated now although the treatment of the central theme still holds up.
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There are the usual problems of projecting 's social mores and descriptions of technology thousands of years in the future being limited by what science knew in Hubbard was very knowledgeable about the known science of his day concerning this topic and that's what would have made it an exceptional read in the early 50's. The aspect that I probably enjoyed the least was the attitude that people could only learn things through harsh and deceptive means and I wasn't completely happy with Corday accepting the methods of Jocelyn in a sort of "the ends justifies the means" way at the end.
The book presented a rather glum view of how society on Earth would change and adapt over many centuries. I've avoided L Ron Hubbard for ages. Scientology I guess? I love old science fiction, so I don't get my avoidance of Hubbard I have a friend. He gave me Heinlein years ago and got me hooked. Recently he tossed a handful of books at me and Return to Tomorrow was in the mix. Doug hasn't ever really steered me wrong before It seemed like I should probably just read the book.
So I did. And I liked it a lot. I f I've avoided L Ron Hubbard for ages. I found this take on space travel fascinating. Usually it's all adventure and amazing marvels You can't go back! I loved the return trips to Earth and Alan finding it in various scenarios except for that first return Poor mad Chica. This short little novel by L. Ron Hubbard is quite fascinating. A young engineer is kidnapped by an interstellar vessel about to make the long voyage to another star system. A fascinating look at space travel and how time passes differently in space versus on Earth, To the Stars has exciting stories, fun characters, and plenty of thought-provoking elements.
I just wish it was a bit longer and more detailed. Feb 22, K. I really enjoyed this book and just finished it today. I read it and listened to it at the same time. I love this Amazon Whyspersync! Anyway, the story is an incredible example of leadership, Command and responsibility.
With believable and admirable characters. And Eistein's theory of special relativity woven into this science fiction adventure. Great read. Only takes about 5 hours to read. Before he started the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard was a pulp fiction writer who wrote a certain amount of science fiction including this novel. When first published in , this was cutting edge, dealing with time dilation. When a space ship travels to another star system at nearly the speed of light, time slows down for them, but when they return to Earth, hundreds or thousands of earth years have passed so that they are totally alien to whatever then exists on Earth.
Jun 28, Stiltzkin Vanserine rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction. Little did I know that Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, used to be a sci-fi writer. On second thought, it makes much sense.
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Definitely planning on reading more. To the Stars was originally published in the February issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine. It sold for twenty-five cents. That landmark issue also featured stories by A.
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Paperbacks had begun to proliferate and the magazine market, while still a viable influence, had taken a backseat to television, radio and films. American culture was in transition. The Cold War had begun in tandem with the Atomic Age. Nothing would ever be the same again.
To the Stars is a reflection of the era in which it was written. The opening line is among the best known in literature: "Space is deep, man is small and time is his relentless enemy. The s was science fiction golden age and To the Stars remains one of those influential books that helped define a generation. It is unlike anything else that Hubbard wrote, although its tone and themes are closely aligned with his masterpiece, Final Blackout.
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