star faring science fiction at its best.
Good, but very long, many inter-connected stories.
How can humans survive millions of years into the future? The Starfarers take off on a journey at the speed of light that keeps time normal for them, but advances Earth to untold thousands of years while they are gone.
What do they find? What is there when they return? Anderson is a very deep and rich writer that takes you on a voyage . . . to strange and sometimes hauntingly familar places. I wanted more description and less of the effects of the Faster Than Light Travel vs. what happened on Earth. Enjoyable rainy day escape.
120,000 year starship voyage
I enjoyed this book because of the grand sweep of the story, the interesting alien cultures explored and explained to a certain degree - but there was still something lacking. I didn't really know, like, or even feel much for any of the main characters. And even though this was a monster of a book (almost 500 pages) I still wanted more at the end... I wanted to know how humanity and the alien cultures it was inviting along on starfaring trips would do - I wanted the grand sweep to tell some of that side of the story since it brought me that far. So while the ending was kinda satisfying, it also wasn't. And the non fleshing-out of the characters really bothered me. There were only 10 main people to keep track of and half the time I couldn't figure out who was talking to who even when their names were used. All in all a good book that I'm glad I read, but I'm not sure I'll ever want to reread it and that is the sign of a great book to me - one I want to revisit again and again.