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The Basic Universe

(The seventh book in the Oltion Library of Short Stories series)
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The speed of light is pitifully slow, when you think about it. It takes light eight minutes to reach us from the Sun. It takes four years to go to the nearest star. It takes two million years to reach the nearest galaxy. Why is it so slow?
In “The BASIC Universe,” a physics student and a computer science student figure out a possible explanation.
"The BASIC Universe" is the seventh volume in the collected works of Jerry Oltion. Jerry has had his short stories published in most of the major science fiction venues and has had several successful novels, including four highly acclaimed Star Trek books. He has become the most published author in the history of Analog magazine. His stories have won the Nebula award, the Endeavor award, the Seiun award, and have been nominated multiple times for the Hugo award. His stories are often humorous, with likeable characters using intelligence and competence (as opposed to force and violence) to solve their problems. His style harks back to the golden age of science fiction, yet with a modern sensibility and relevance. Even his earliest works hold up well today — and on into the future.
For a complete listing of Jerry's canon, and for a glimpse into his other life as an amateur astronomer, visit Jerry's website at

Genre: Science Fiction

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August 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The BASIC Universe: The Oltion Library of Short Stories Volume 7
Author(s): Jerry Oltion
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