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STOPPING AT SLOWYEAR Mass Market Paperback – May 1 1992


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra; Reprint edition (May 1 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553294873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553294873
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,794,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an impressive late work by the celebrated SF master Frederick Pohl. It's a remarkably simple story; a standalone work of less than 150 pages in which relatively little actually happens.
The crew of a sort of interstellar tramp steamer/trader, unable to compete on the major trade routes, visits an obscure and out of the way planet called Slowyear because its year is equivalent to almost 20 Earth years. The population of the planet and the ship are introduced to each other, and in the process to the reader. A startling twist at the end makes the story deeply memorable.
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A remarkable short novel May 7 2004
By Alex Frantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is an impressive late work by the celebrated SF master Frederick Pohl. It's a remarkably simple story; a standalone work of less than 150 pages in which relatively little actually happens.
The crew of a sort of interstellar tramp steamer/trader, unable to compete on the major trade routes, visits an obscure and out of the way planet called Slowyear because its year is equivalent to almost 20 Earth years. The population of the planet and the ship are introduced to each other, and in the process to the reader. A startling twist at the end makes the story deeply memorable.
Simple Novella from a Science Fiction Master that is a Bit Light in the End Feb. 2 2007
By Wildness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was an oddball find from Frederik Pohl; I have read much of his work, and this one is a bit out of left field in some ways. Yes, it contains Pohl's trademark satirical take on future civilization, but in the end it doesn't do much and doesn't go very far; which kind of fits the title.

Slowyear is a one of the planets colonized by mankind, and backwater one at that. The planet draws its name from the fact that it takes more than nineteen standard Earth years for it too make a revolution of its sun.

Much about Slowyear makes it an obscure planet including that it is a bit out of the way for the trade routes. This is why the merchant ship Nordvik - a backwater ship in its own right that cannot compete in the hustle and bustle of the busier planets - visits Slowyear.

This short novel is the story of this visit to Slowyear by the Nordvik and the intermingling of the crew and the planet's inhabitants. Not much happens here in the end; but in the end, there is a twist.

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A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.

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