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Endless universe by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Endless universe

by Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, NY, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67. She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens, and made her first sale as an adjunct to an amateur fiction contest in Fantastic/Amazing Stories in 1949. She had written as long as she could remember, but wrote only for school magazines and fanzines until 1952, when she sold her first professional short story to Vortex Science Fiction. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called Sword and Sorceress for DAW Books. Over the years she turned more to fantasy; The House Between the Worlds, although a selection of the Science Fiction Book Club, was "fantasy undiluted". She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends -- Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others -- entitled Mists of Avalon, which made the NY Times best seller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote The Firebrand, a novel about the women of the Trojan War. Her historical fantasy novels, The Forest House, Lady of Avalon, Mists of Avalon are prequels to Priestess of Avalon She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. She was survived by her brother, Leslie Zimmer; her sons, David Bradley and Patrick Breen; her daughter, Moira Stern; and her grandchildren.… (more)



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Endless Universe by Zimmer Bradley Bradley (1979)
  quixoposto | Nov 8, 2013 |
Endless Universe by Zimmer Bradley Bradley (1979)
  quixoposto | Nov 8, 2013 |
1st line: "Planets are for saying goodbye." Nice one.

Hooray, the journey through the random pulp novels finally turned up a good one!
This is just what I like in an SF novel; it takes a scientific idea and explores how it affects people.
The idea is this: we have invented a kind of teleporter that can instantly transport basically anything over many light years of distance. The problem, though, is that you can't transmit a transmitter, so in order to find new planets to colonize, there are ships of Explorers who travel close to light speed, bringing the transmitters to others can follow.
The result of this is that due to time dilation the Explorers only experience a few years of time while in the rest of the universe decades have passed. So, their ship becomes their whole world, and the crew is their family, and since the radiation of space makes them sterile, they have to adopt (or steal, or buy) babies to raise on the ship and continue the crew. Which makes the regular people very suspicious of them.

This was such an interesting and enjoyable book--I recommend it highly. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
Marion Zimmer Bradley is most famous for her Avalon fantasy books--which I don't care for, but I do love her Darkover science fiction. Even that is fantasy tinged though, featuring a clash between a technologically sophisticated space-faring civilization and a pseudo-medieval "lost colony" with a psychically talented aristocracy. So this collection of five connected stories is one of the few works of MZB that really is hard-science fiction, that falls into Space Opera. The basic premise is that there are "transmitters" that connect human colonies near-instantaneously across the galaxy. However, there's still a need for ships to explore space to find planets suitable for human habitation and set up those transmitters--and those ships are limited to relativistic sublight speeds. So for every year the "Explorers" spend in space, decades pass in ordinary space. Thus the first line and title of the first story: "Planets are for leaving." Home is the ship--Gypsy Moth. And there's another catch...

Now, yes, there are arguably better, or at least more famous books that use the time dilation of Einstein's theory to thought-provoking effect, such as Joe Haldeman's Forever War and Robert Heinlein's Time for the Stars or F.M. Busby's The Long View. Endless Universe isn't particularly thought-provoking nor stylistically remarkable. But it is an entertaining yarn I still remember decades after reading it as a teen. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Nov 5, 2012 |
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"'s ist nicht zu spät, eine bessere Welt zu suchen." (Tennyson)
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Planets are for saying goodbye. ("Planets are for saying goodbye")
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert; near them on the sand
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed.

(from Percy Bysshe Shelley's Ozymandias, quoted at the beginning of "A time to mourn")
It lay a thousand miles beneath them, blue and beautiful in their viewscreens, wrapped in a fluffy blanket of pale clouds, drifting endlessly across its face. ("Hellworld")
"Marginal," said Gilmarlo, who was Year-Captain, "very marginal." ("Cold death")
"Nobody's talking about blame," Gilrae said wearily. ("A world with your name on it")
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A shorter version of ENDLESS UNIVERSE (without "A Time to Mourn") was originally published as ENDLESS VOYAGE.
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This book consists of five novellas/short stories involving the crew of the Explorer ship Gypsy Moth: "Planets Are for Saying Goodbye", "A Time to Mourn", "Hellworld", "Cold Death", and "A World with Your Name on It".
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