Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I was halfway through this one before I figured out why it seemed familiar; I first read it years ago as a small Ace paperback with the title Return to Tomorrow. It was originally published in John W. Campbell's Astounding SF magazine in It's a relatively short and bleak story detailing the problems of less than faster than light interstellar travel, and thus, by extension, one-way time-travel.
It's quite dark, with one meanness and disaster following another, and none of the humor or good I was halfway through this one before I figured out why it seemed familiar; I first read it years ago as a small Ace paperback with the title Return to Tomorrow. It's quite dark, with one meanness and disaster following another, and none of the humor or good fellowship that marks Hubbard's best stories.
None of the characters are likeable, and while the plot and scientific arguments are well conceived I can't say it's among his best genre work. View 1 comment. Nov 20, Mike rated it liked it. I was actually quite surprised by this book. Even though it was written after L. Ron began his descent into all things Scientology, I have to praise it for it's attempt to deal with the potentially harsh realities of near light speed travel.
Apparently, it was this book that put the whole concept of time dilation into popular awareness. It isn't all roses though. The story seems to skip around a lot and there's a lot of what can only be called "pulp" tendencies to it. But, for attempting to writ I was actually quite surprised by this book. But, for attempting to write sci-fi that somewhat conforms to the laws of physics, and for leaving Scientologist hogwash out of the book, I find myself giving this book a much higher rating than I thought I would.
Definitely worth a read, no matter what you think of L.
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Mar 08, Ron rated it it was amazing. This has got to be one of the best science fictions books ever. It is a true classic. I first read it in when I found it in the library. I have read it numerous times since. I have often said that the true test of really well written fiction is being able to pick up a book you've already read, open it to any page and be right back into the story as if you'd been reading it all along.
This book has passed that test over and over for me. If you've never read it you have a gaping whole in your This has got to be one of the best science fictions books ever. If you've never read it you have a gaping whole in your Sci-Fi library. Cool scifi story about Alan Corday who was shanghaid aboard the "Hound of Heaven. The adventurer has his tough times with the Captain Jocelyn, visits strange colonies, one taken over by aliens, and the Earth changes as the centuries roll on.
Fascinating study of how a man changes and how the Earth may change as it Cool scifi story about Alan Corday who was shanghaid aboard the "Hound of Heaven. Fascinating study of how a man changes and how the Earth may change as it got more decadent as the centuries passed. A must-read, could pass for a Young Adult novel. Aug 23, John Goodwin rated it it was amazing. This is one of the grittier science fiction stories I have read. It deals with the extreme emotions of space travel and is based on the time dilation principle that as mass approaches the speed of light, time approaches zero.
So those who are outbound to the stars in craft approaching the speed of light return to a much aged Earth relative to them.
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So their people are gone after returning from a voyage that perhaps only took them a few months. I really felt for the voyagers and could see why the This is one of the grittier science fiction stories I have read. I really felt for the voyagers and could see why the Captain, did what he did, and how the real purpose for these ships made for a very surprise ending. Jul 27, Maradox rated it really liked it. Apr 27, Jim Davis rated it liked it. I was born in and have been reading SF most of my life but somehow I missed this novel until just now. I wish I would have read it in the early 60's as a teenager when it would have seemed a very interesting and innovative story.
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I would have given it 4 or maybe even 5 stars then. It may have been the first novel depicting the effects of time dilation when traveling in interstellar space at near the speed of light. Silverberg wrote a similar story in called Starman's Quest.
The premise I was born in and have been reading SF most of my life but somehow I missed this novel until just now. The premise is that when men travel to the stars at near light speed a much greater amount of time takes place on the earth they left than they actually experience on the voyage. This presents the problem of going on a 3 month trip to a distant star and having years pass by on earth when they return.
Things have changed to much to Earth society for the voyagers to adapt to and now they are trapped into making more and more trips. In the context of when this was originally serialized in Astounding it was very innovative and well written. I would consider it to be one of the best Sf novels of The book seems dated now although the treatment of the central theme still holds up.
There are the usual problems of projecting 's social mores and descriptions of technology thousands of years in the future being limited by what science knew in Hubbard was very knowledgeable about the known science of his day concerning this topic and that's what would have made it an exceptional read in the early 50's.
The aspect that I probably enjoyed the least was the attitude that people could only learn things through harsh and deceptive means and I wasn't completely happy with Corday accepting the methods of Jocelyn in a sort of "the ends justifies the means" way at the end.
The book presented a rather glum view of how society on Earth would change and adapt over many centuries. I've avoided L Ron Hubbard for ages. Scientology I guess?
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I love old science fiction, so I don't get my avoidance of Hubbard I have a friend. He gave me Heinlein years ago and got me hooked. Recently he tossed a handful of books at me and Return to Tomorrow was in the mix. Doug hasn't ever really steered me wrong before It seemed like I should probably just read the book. So I did.
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And I liked it a lot. I f I've avoided L Ron Hubbard for ages. I found this take on space travel fascinating. Usually it's all adventure and amazing marvels You can't go back! I loved the return trips to Earth and Alan finding it in various scenarios except for that first return Poor mad Chica. The suggestion that people might one day travel to the Moon inside a flying machine was first put forward seriously by John Wilkins in There had been cosmic voyages prior to that date, and there were to be many more thereafter see Fantastic Voyages ; Space Flight , but few took the mechanics of the journey seriously enough to invest much imaginative effort in the design of credible vehicles.
Edgar Allan Poe 's "The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall" June Southern Literary Messenger ; rev has an afterword complaining about the failure of other writers to achieve verisimilitude, but Pfaall makes his journey by Balloon , and Poe's assumption of the continuity of the atmosphere — a full two centuries after Torricelli had concluded that the Earth's atmosphere could extend upwards for only a few miles — is hardly scientific.
Because their means of propulsion were so often mysterious, spaceships in this period could easily assume the "perfect" spheroid shape of the heavenly bodies themselves; a notable example is in Robert Cromie 's A Plunge into Space When not round or bullet-shaped they tended to resemble flying submarines. Spaceships were taken up in a big way by the early sf Pulp magazines, and their visual image was dramatically changed.
Frank R Paul and other contemporary illustrators see Illustration showed a strong preference for bulbous machines like enormously bloated aeroplanes or rounded-off oceangoing liners with long rows of portholes. These were often shown with jets of flame or vapour gushing out behind, but this was as much to suggest speed as to indicate that the means of propulsion involved might be one or more Rockets ; similarly, the slow process whereby hulls became streamlined and elegant fins appeared corresponded less to any realization of the importance of rocket-power than to the development of sleeker automobiles in the real world.