This is discussion archived from a time before the current discussion method was installed.
: So is this actually worth reading? I saw it in the store and I'm sort of intrigued, but don't want a Twilight
: It's not a great book, but it's vastly superior to Twilight
"No way are any habitable, carbon-based-life-supporting planets within 50 years' travel of Earth without it [Faster Than Light
], even if they are Generation Ships." Huh? We just don't know - there could be such planets less than ten light-years away. We're just now getting instruments good enough to detect planets as small as Earth...
: Gliese 581
. 20 lightyears away, so slightly more than 20 years away at near-light speeds. There are a few other candidates within 100ly or so, and may well be many more as our detection techniques improve. It's entirely plausible that the 'souls' have a small network of habitable worlds within a diameter of 100-200 lightyears.
: I'm still quite amazed that this is by the same author as Twilight. I don't know about the quality, but it seems to be an interesting work with some very thought-provoking ideas at the least, which is much more than Twilight gets known for. Too bad Meyer is probably gonna focus on her Cash Cow Franchise