Stopping at Slowyear

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Stopping at Slowyear
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First edition
Author Frederik Pohl
Cover artist Rob Alexander
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Axolotl Press
Publication date
1991
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 150 pp
ISBN 0-553-29487-3
OCLC 25808833

Stopping at Slowyear is a 1991 science fiction novel by Frederik Pohl.

Plot summary[edit]

Stopping at Slowyear tells the story of an interstellar cargo vessel which runs between out-of-the-way worlds, as it visits a planet called Slowyear after its 19-year-long revolution around its star.

The crew explore the local culture and find several odd customs. Among these is of a sort of death lottery as a punishment for crimes. If someone commits a crime, they are sentenced to take a pill, which depending on the severity of the infraction will have a different probability of being lethal poison.

Slowyear's principal industry is raising sheep. During their isolation, their sheep have developed a form of scrapie which is lethal to humans without immunity, such as the crew of the interstellar cargo ship. The crew die from the disease and the story ends.

Stopping at Slowyear is interesting in that it addressed prion diseases years before public awareness of mad cow disease was widespread.