The Longest Voyage

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"The Longest Voyage"
Author Poul Anderson
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Publication date 1960

"The Longest Voyage" is a science fiction short story by Poul Anderson. It won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1961.

Plot summary[edit]

On a distant world the age of exploration is beginning. A party of daring explorers attempts to circumnavigate their world. In unknown waters they encounter an island civilization which claims to have a prophet who fell from the stars.

Possible Significance of this Story for Science

The story was set on a habitable satellite of a Jupiter-type gas giant planet orbiting in the 'Goldilocks' zone of its star. Current research on exo-planets is extending to efforts to pinpoint potentially habitable 'exo-moons', which could be better bets for finding evidence of extraterrestrial life than would be the case for gas giant planets more readily discovered by exo-planet astrometry techniques.

For reference, see: 'The search for life on faraway moons' by Lee Billings, Scientific American 310(1), January 2014: 39-43

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