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A novel by

John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Poul Anderson, one of science fiction's most treasured visionaries, returns with a new masterpiece. Starfarers is the story of an expedition into the far reaches of the galaxy, where answers to mankind's greatest questions await.

The saga begins when evidence of an advanced civilization is discovered by SETI astronomers. "Trails" observed in the sky are thought to be from starships traveling at the speed of light, an enigma that spurs scientific minds until this breakthrough is achieved by mankind as well. An expedition is then mounted and an eclectic team of scientists chosen to journey into the sector where the intelligent life is allegedly located. But because the destination of the starship, Envoy, and her crew is 60,000 light-years away, the time required to reach the point of origin of the signals and return is 120,000 years--longer than Homo sapiens has been on Earth. And though the crew is ready to face the ramifications of such a trek, no one is prepared for what awaits them at the outer edge of the cosmos--or back at the planet they once called home.

Starfarers is a story of patience and immediacy, but most of all of courage. It is a saga for anyone who has ever felt the emptiness of life on Earth and found the missing substance in the spaces between the stars. Poul Anderson's latest is the story of those who see the future in a clear night's sky and are ready to journey into it armed with both insight and passion.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Anderson has produced more milestones in contemporary science fiction and fantasy than any one man is entitled to, but he writes with such integrity and imagination that it's impossible to begrudge him either the esteem of his readers or the admiration of his peers." - Stephen Donaldson

Used availability for Poul Anderson's Starfarers

Hardback Editions

November 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Starfarers
Author(s): Poul Anderson
ISBN: 0-312-86037-4 / 978-0-312-86037-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

October 1999 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Starfarers
Author(s): Poul Anderson
ISBN: 0-8125-4599-0 / 978-0-8125-4599-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
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Kindle Editions

September 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition

Title: Starfarers
Author(s): Poul Anderson
Publisher: Gateway
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