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Relativistic Effects (1982) [Short Story]
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Nick, Jake, and Faye live a hard life. Working with teams of men and women, they spend hours each and every day deep in the heart of a storm of particles in the nuclear drive of one of man's first starships. Their job is to remove waste buildup on the inside walls of the massive kilometers wide intake port -- and not get killed doing it.

The ship hurtles through space, getting closer all the time to the impossible-to-breach speed of light. The problem is that they can't stop, and for generations, they've been attempting to discover a way to halt the giant craft and turn it around towards the milky way, now a distant point of light and growing smaller each year. Though only a few hundred years have passed, outside the small relativistic bubble warped by the ship's proximity to light speed, time has sped by to the tune of five million years. For Nick, a promotion is the only thing to look forward to in life, before the cancer from the hard radiation comes and takes him, but Jake and Faye have other ideas.

Published in In Alien Flesh.

Original title: Relativistic Effects
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventureNew Frontiers

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Perpetual Light (1982) [Anthology]
      Authors: Brian W. Aldiss , Tanith Lee , F. Paul Wilson , Joel Rosenberg , Gregory Benford , Alan Dean Foster , Craig Shaw Gardner , Charles L. Grant , Robert Silverberg , Steve Rasnic Tem , Damien Broderick , Michael P. Kube-McDowell , R. A. Lafferty , Shariann Lewitt , Alan Ryan , Hilbert Schenck , Suzette Haden Elgin , Gregg Keizer , Mel Gilden , Nicholas Valentin Yermakov , Daniel Gilbert , Richard Bowker , Frank Ward
     In Alien Flesh (1986) [Collection]
      Author: Gregory Benford
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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