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From: areynold@estsa2.estec.esa.nl (Alastair Reynolds)
Subject: Re: (whorl) more about STL
Date: Mon, 3 May 1999 10:15:20 +0200 (MET DST)


> Or, back onto the original topic: how many novels or series of novels are
> entirely stl, with only generation starships, no ftl communication of any
> kind, no NAFAL, and no sleeper ships?

Linda Nagata's recent novel Vast, (which I thought was terrific) has ships
limited to 0.4 c (so only marginal relativistic effects) and no ftl
communications. As the immortal crew can be copied in and out of computer 
storage at whim (and can grow new bodies for themselves equally easily) it
doesn't fall into either "sleeper" or "generation starship" category.

Robert Reed has been doing some interesting stories recently, set aboard
a gigantic, slow-moving ship larger than Jupiter  (eg "Marrow"). 


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