Out Around Rigel

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Published: 1931
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,258 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.4
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: www.archive.org
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Added to site: 2007.02.11
mnybks.net#: 16029
Origin: gutenberg.org

An astounding chronicle of two Lunarians' conquest of time and interstellar space. From Astounding Stories, December 1931.

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the direction indicator was burning. The near approach of the comet had thrown us off our course by several degrees. I straightened the ship up easily, and had only a little more difficulty in stopping a rocking motion. Then again the empty hours of watching, gazing into the stars.

Precisely at the end of eighteen hours, Garth awakened, as if the consummation of a certain number of internal processes had set off a little alarm clock in his brain. We were forty-one hours out, with a speed, according to the indicator, of one hundred and twenty-eight times that of light, and a total distance covered of slightly over one quarter of a light-year. A rather small stretch, compared to the 466 light-years we had to go. But when I went back for a look out of the rear telescope, the familiar stars seemed to have moved the least bit closer together, and the sun was no brighter than a great number of them.

I slept like a log, but awakened a little before my trick was due.

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2015.03.11
Lisa Carr
****.

Set in the time when the moon had an atmosphere and water, two Lunar guys who are rivals for the same Lunar gal take off in a new ship designed to exceed the speed of light.
The plot takes off in unexpected directions, and the moon creatures' personalities are pretty much human. Not a bad story, it preceded Haldeman's Forever War by 40 years.


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