By David Brin
The planet Jijo is forbidden to settlers, its ecology secure through guardians of the 5 Galaxies. yet over the centuries it's been resettled, populated via refugees of six clever races. jointly they've got woven a brand new society within the desolate tract, drawn jointly through their worry of Judgment Day, while the 5 Galaxies will become aware of their unlawful colony. Then a wierd starship arrives on Jijo. Does it carry the long-dreaded judgment, or worse--a band of criminals prepared to break the six races of Jijo as a way to conceal their very own crimes?
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It made it seem as though they really were going to have the chance to get back into space, though both knew that the day when that would be possible would not come until they were a great deal older. Funnily, one of the worst spats between Viktor and Reesa McGann came over the question of getting old—or, anyway, over just how old they were. It started when they were sprawled on the spiky Newmanhome grass in the schoolyard, panting, just after finishing the morning's calisthenics. " She looked at him with understanding contempt.
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It obeyed the law of the limitation of the speed of light. The only thing that distinguished tachyons from less exotic speed of light. The only thing that distinguished tachyons from less exotic particles was that for tachyons the velocity of light was the lower speed limit, not the upper. They could never go as slowly as c. Speed wasn't much of a problem when you used tachyons. Indeed, since the lowest-energy tachyons were the fastest ones, for any normal purpose—say, at distances of up to a few hundred light-years—they were almost as speedy as the ERP pairs.