How far is too far? What price do we pay for expanding our knowledge to the limit, for exploring the farthest reaches of the universe, for extending our reach To the Stars?
Alan Corday, a smart yet desperate young man, is about to find out. His family fortune squandered and the woman he loves unattainable, Corday will go to almost any length to change his luck. But his desperation leads him into harm’s way—and into the hands of one Captain Jocelyn and his crew.
Shanghaied from the spaceport at New Chicago, Corday is taken aboard the Hound of Heaven, a craft bound for the stars … on a journey through hell.
186,000 miles per second. The speed of light. It’s the only way for the Hound of Heaven to reach its distant destinations. But three months traveling at the speed of light is equal to half a century on earth—and the world they left behind is fast vanishing into the past.
Everything Corday loves, everything he believes in—is history. He is a wanderer in eternity, and nothing in the cold, dark forbidding reaches of space can prepare him for the astounding discovery he will make upon his long-awaited return from the stars.
“One of the greatest science fiction novels that has ever been written” —Jerry Pournelle, author of Lucifer’s Hammer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The novel, To the Stars, is built with masterly skills from hard, scientific theory—in this case, the Einstein-Lorentz-Fitzgerald “time-dilation” equation: “As mass approaches the speed of light, time approaches zero.”
L. Ron Hubbard initially encountered the theory as an engineering student at George Washington University and first broached the equation as a theme in his story “Beyond All Weapons.” In To the Stars, the motif took on groundbreaking proportions—a story seminal in scope, technical detail and influence and, by reader and critical consensus, the classic science-fiction treatment of the time-dilation effect.
The novel starts off with one of the most celebrated opening lines in the history of the genre:
“Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy.”