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Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to the Solar System - only 4.3 light years away. To Kirby and his followers it meant freedom - freedom from the tyranny and repression of Earth's dictatorship.

But that freedom would have to be earned - the flight to Alpha Centauri would mean five years jammed in the belly of an obsolete spaceship, five years of praying that the food supply would last, five years of fighting off the Government ships sent out to intercept them....

And if they did manage to reach the unknown planets that were their goal, what would they find? Freedom? Or a fate more terrible than any they could have faced on Earth?

©1963 Ace Books, Inc (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • James Burkill
  • 08-28-18

Too much bad science

Near light speed travel without time dilation and other nonsense made it too unrealistic.

The age of the book allows us to forgive the technology, but not to subvert relativity.