The Enemy Stars

Poul Anderson
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The Enemy Stars


I enjoyed this fairly short novel, which except for matter transmission can be classified as hard SF. The four members of the crew are very much individuals, and most grow and change through the story. Very deserving of the Hugo nomination.

This story was originally titled We Have Fed Our Sea, which refers to Kipling's poem about why sailors died to expand the British empire - because they were British. The characters of this story are pulled into this exploration for various reasons, but as a whole it is because they are human. This is a tale of persistence.

A sequel of sorts was added later, I will seek that out for future reading