"The first thing that's wrong with being a science-fiction writer today is that the present has caught up with the future and surpassed it."
In the novel, paranormal explorers can project their minds to distant worlds by lying in the sarcophagus-like star machines. For the science boys, they can take along a "taper" to gather data for later analysis.
The novel has some interesting observations to make about the difficulties of true interstellar space travel. The novel is ultimately an exploration of human capacities.
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