ZeissIkon on June 04, 2010, 06:54:11 pm

Sorry, I think the actual title was "All the Colors of Space" -- it was one of a series published in Analog in (IIRC) the 1980s, involving zero-point energy propulsion, degenerate matter or neutronium as a gravitational compensator for high acceleration (allowing constant boost travel within the Solar System at up to 100 G while passengers and crew experienced just the usual 1 G), and a couple ongoing characters (one of whom, in fine SF tradition, was a socially inept genius; the other was a corporate troubleshooter and the genius' keeper).  It's been a long time since I read the stories, I don't recall the author, and I don't know if they were ever collected.  Unfortunately, Google can't find the title for me, and Analog's online index is down for renovation, it says.

Charles Sheffield.  One of his McAndrew stories.

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