A great story, heavy on science yet still readable by any sci-fi fan. The crew of a star ship are fated to a mind boggling adventure forced upon them.A group of potential human colonizers from Earth become stranded in space when they experience a very bad case of car trouble, causing them to miss their target star system and continue into the unknown. Due to their speed, time outside the ship moves much faster than within, and eventually they are the last of our kind known to exist as Earth's solar system dies out. Some of the characters are shallow, yet the Captain is solid and memorable. The characters' attempts to deal with the absence of Earth and, therefore, the absence of any familiar frame of reference in their new existence, are effective. Ultimately a triumphant story of human survival and will, and the human struggle to find a place in such a vast, unfamiliar universe. Earth truly seems small in this story, yet looms large in the minds of the nomadic crew, facing an uncertain future. An excellent and memorable book!
A fast ride, but complicated enough to leave you feeling full at the end. I love Poul Anderson!