By Gordon R. Dickson
Quarantine...Ever considering the fact that Earth's first starship crept out on sublight force 100 years in the past and was once met via an emissary of the Galactic Federation, guy has lived as a prisoner within the sun method. The Federation decreed that until guy may well display his technological adulthood and go away the sunlight approach through a faster-than-light force, he wouldn't go away it in any respect. All Earth is familiar with the try that guy needs to cross to win Galactic Citizenship and the liberty of the celebrities; the FTL force is each physicist's best precedence. yet what they can not comprehend is they paintings opposed to either an alien time-limit and human sabotage - and time is operating out. except John Parent's star-drive venture is profitable, mankind will stay trapped within the sunlight approach, forever...
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