The Clockwork Rocket

The Clockwork Rocket

Book - 2011
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"In Yalda's universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. On Yalda's world, plants make food by emitting their own light into the dark night sky. As a child, Yalda witnesses one of a series of strange meteors, the Hurtlers, that are entering the planetary system at an immense, unprecedented speed. It becomes apparent that her world is in imminent danger--and the task of dealing with the Hurtlers will require knowledge and technology far beyond anything her civilization has yet achieved! Only one solution seems tenable: if a spacecraft can be sent on a journey at sufficiently high speed, its trip will last many generations for those on board, but it will return after just a few years have passed at home. The travelers will have a chance to discover the science their planet urgently needs, and bring it back in time to avert disaster."--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Night Shade, c2011.
ISBN: 9781597802277
1597802271
Branch Call Number: [SCI-FI] FIC/EGAN
Characteristics: 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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kallithdragonna
Oct 23, 2014

far too much of the fake math used in the concept seems to need to be explained throughout the book. If it was real physics I wouldn't have minded even though it is overwhelming. Yet the math was based on light having many different speeds and is worthless outside the context of the book. Maybe a good read for a mathematician, but too much for this layperson.

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laudablepus
Dec 12, 2012

Stumbled upon this and loved it. Egan creates not only an alien world but an entire alternate cosmos,setting the bar for world-building very high indeed. Recommended if you're into physics; if you can grasp special relativity,you'll be able to follow the structure presented.

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