Stopping at Slowyear

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Stopping at Slowyear
First edition
Author Frederik Pohl
Cover artist Rob Alexander
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher Axolotl Press
Publication date
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 American writer 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.

Stopping at Slowyear addressed prion diseases years before public awareness of mad cow disease was widespread.