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In Yalda's universe, gentle has no common pace and its production generates strength. On Yalda's international, vegetation make meals through emitting their very own mild into the darkish evening sky. As a baby, Yalda witnesses one among a chain of odd meteors, the Hurtlers, which are getting into the planetary method at an important, exceptional pace. It turns into obvious that her international is in coming near near probability - and the duty of facing the Hurtlers would require wisdom and know-how some distance past whatever her civilization has but completed! just one answer turns out tenable: if a spacecraft could be despatched on a trip at sufficiently excessive velocity, its journey will final many generations for these on board, however it will go back after quite a few years have handed at domestic. The tourists can have an opportunity to find the technological know-how their planet urgently wishes, and convey it again in time to ward off catastrophe.
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