4 men are signed up for a mission aboard a ship destined for Alpha Crucis. The ship is already in deep space but there is a device to transport them instantly to wherever the ship is, kind of like Star Trek's Teleporters. There is an error in the ship's computer sending it to a dead star, long since gone nova, and so it becomes a tale of survival. In some ways this book, previously serialised in Astoundning magazine as 'We Have Fed Our Seas' (a line from a Kipling poem) is similar to his later Tau Zero, which I enjoyed.
Once again Anderson fails to disappoint with a gripping, if short piece of Hard SF!
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