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Redshift Rendezvous [Mass Market Paperback]

John E. Stith

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Book Description

May 1990
A Nebula-Award finalist, showcasing suspense and danger in a slow-light environment. From the author of MANHATTAN TRANSFER and others. Aboard the hyperspace liner Redshift, the first sign of trouble is the apparent suicide of a passenger. When first officer Jason Kraft discovers that she was murdered, Kraft wants to know why. Before long, a desperate group of people tries to use the hyperspace craft for their evil purposes, and Kraft is the only person in their way.

From the PASSENGER GUIDE. WARNING: Read This Guide Before Boarding the Redshift.

The environment aboard a hyperspace craft is quite safe as long as you are careful. The management reminds you that the speed of light on board this craft is ten meters per second, or about 30 million times slower than what you are used to. This means you will frequently encounter relativistic effects and optical illusions...

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441711456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441711451
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,837,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From Library Journal

A suspicious death aboard the starship Redshift involves first officer Jason Kraft in a manhunt that uncovers an insidious plot to reroute the ship to an unknown destination. Sf action/adventure tempered by the "laws" of hyperspace travel produce a unique, fascinating hard sf novel. Stith wrote Deep Quarry. Recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Sci-Fi March 29 2001
By Baron - Published on
Many of today's so called Sci-Fi authors don't really write Sci-Fi, they write Fantasy. When you go to your book store's Science Fiction section you see a lot of Unicorns and Barbarians, but few hard science fiction works. For those of you who grew up on 50's classics, and Analog magazine in the sixties and seventies, John Stith delivers the right stuff. And ex NORAD scientist, his works feature a solid but speculative physics. The emphasis is in reality, not the melodrama of the predominant Sci-Fi you find. And Stith is a funny guy, if his characters aren't having hilarious exchanges with intelligent appliances or aliens, there is a dry humor at work in the events.
REDSHIFT RENSEZVOUS is an intense story with wondrous technology and it's implications. I've read another review here saying that this book is similar to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous." This is like saying that because two works share genre conventions, that it is the same. All fiction uses elements from other works, it is the execution of those conventions and devices that make the work new.
Final word: IF YOU LIKE GOOD'OL SCIENCE FICTION, TIGHT PLOTS, INTERESTING PREMISES, BUY JOHN STITH. Another of his books MANHATTAN TRANSFER is soon to be made into a blockbuster movie.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure exploring General Relativity in high g environ July 28 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As usual, for Stith, there is a strong plot - save the universe type, that makes the fairly hard physics go down quite smoothly. As an amateur physicist, I found his treatment of the G(eneral) R(elativity) effects cause by an extremely dense core for his starship quite interesting. I found no real flaws with the physics, although I may not be qualified to criticise, and found the presentation not only easy to understand, but well integrated with the story line. There is a bit of a problem in my mind that Stith never addressed, with the physics behind the extremely dense core, but I didn't let that interfere with my enjoyment of either the writing or the exposition of GR
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever happened to John E. Stith? July 15 2006
By Richard W Little - Published on
I finished reading Redshift Rendezvous, by John E. Stith, last night. I needed a little light reading filler, and this book provided that. I first read this book back in the summer of 1992, when I was living and working in Ottawa as a co-op student. John E. Stith's science fiction writing style is pretty good, with engaging characters, and thoughtful science fiction themes and concepts. This novel is a sci-fi/action/mystery story, set mostly in space aboard a spacecraft traveling through hpyerspace.

Reading this book left me wondering, is John E. Stith still with us? After this novel, Stith penned a few others, including the wonderful Manhattan Transfer. Then, he seemed to just stop. I did a little digging, and it seems like he's still with us. So, either he's stopped writing, or his publishers have dropped him. Either way, it's our loss.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The idea is great. Feb. 18 2000
By "kytahawke" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gravity affecting time on a ship. Time running skewered. Everything you see slightly in the past. An element of truth makes it all the more mind-boggling, and trying to picture the workings just might drive you a tad crazy but...the idea of making your own sonic boom just by walking very fast...creative.
The thing that did not pull me into this story is perhaps it's close similarity of the plot to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous". There's even a similarity in the title. Maybe it was Alistair who copied the plot, maybe it was just a major coincidence. The storys are set in different locations - Both on ships, one at sea the other in space.
But the story-line was so similar that after reading Alistair's novel and then going on to Redshift, it didn't seem all that original. (The plot, not the ideas)
Even the charactars had similar personalities. Though Alistair's was more developed and believable, the same hardworking, independent loner and reliable hero who keeps his distance from everyone, and the somehow slightly irritating rich woman who manages to slip through his barriers were in both books.
Other than that, the story was okay, the concept brilliant and inspiring enough to twist your mind trying to imagine it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A neat excursion into relativistic space travel Jan. 14 2008
By Michael Hartley - Published on
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This is a book that I first read over ten years ago. The story and the physics intrigued me and I've never forgotten it. Recently I decided to reread it and discovered that I'd given my copy to someone. I bought this copy and was pleased to see how well the story has held up. Not your typical space opera. A good read.

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