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|Cover artist||Philip Perlman|
|Series||Saga of Cuckoo|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Followed by||Wall Around a Star|
Farthest Star is the first novel of the Saga of Cuckoo Series. The author is Frederik Pohl, in collaboration with Jack Williamson. It was published by Ballantine Books in 1975, as a fix-up of the 1973 novella "Doomship" and the 1974 serial "The Org's Egg".
Ben Charles Pertin, an engineer, is selected to be humanity's representative in a multi-race mission to reach "Object Lambada", a mysterious object traveling towards the galaxy at 1/6th lightspeed. Since the object is still approaching, Ben and the others are transported to the probeship Aurora by a matter duplication transporter. While the original goes on with his life, the duplicate (Ben James) and his Companion Doc Chimp, work with the rest of the beings to construct a faster drone to get a transporter in orbit of the object, racing against time as the ionizing radiation from the ship's fusion drive is slowly killing them. After a struggle, the drone is successfully launched, killing all on board.
The drone performs as planned and an orbiting habitat called Cuckoo Station is constructed. A new duplicate arrives, Ben Linc.
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