The ship that sailed to Mars... and beyond
DAW 0-87997-384-6, 1978, cover art by David Bergen
The sails were the product of the old technology, lost long ago in the depleted Earth, and they were priceless. For with those fantastic sheets of etheric material, ships could sail the sky and even brave the radiant tides between worlds and stars.
The alchemists who had replaced the scientists still sought the ancient secrets... and Rachad, apprentice to such a would-be wizard, learned that the key to his quest lay in a book abandoned in a Martian colonial ruin long, long ago.
But how to get to Mars ? There was one way left - take a sea vessel, caulk it airtight, steal new sails, and fly the star winds in the way of the ancient windjammers.
Here is an intriguing, unusual and colorful novel of ships that sail the stars riding before the solar breeze that blows between the worlds.
"Hard to tell whether it's sf or fantasy, but it's certainly one of the eccentric Mr Bayley's more engaging works." - David Pringle
Barrington Bayley: I always try to make future technologies self-consistent, even when, as in STAR WINDS, they are based on wrong premises."