Return From the Stars

By Stanislaw Lem

Hal Bregg is an astronaut who returns from an area venture within which simply 10 organic years have handed for him, whereas 127 years have elapsed on the earth. He reveals that the Earth has replaced past popularity, packed with people who've been medically neutralized. How does an astronaut sign up for a civilization that shuns risk?

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