The ultradrive had just one slight drawback: it set up a shock wave that made suns explode. Which made the problem of getting back home a delicate one indeed....
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When Alpha Centauri goes nova just as the hyperdrive ship pops into its vicinity, there's nothing to do but go back to Earth. But what if popping into normal space triggered the nova?
The characters are two-dimensional, but the plotting is nice and tense.
I liked it.
It is an old horror plot
projected in a spacefaring