Does anyone know this short story I read many years ago? It's about a group of people who decided to get to a distant planet on a spaceship that isn't very advanced. Some time after they started their trip, new technology got developed that allows space travel at a much faster speed. A second group of people who set out for the same destination end up arriving a lot earlier than the first group of people.

I think this would be a good story to introduce my kids to space travel but couldn't remember the name of the book.


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This is a common theme, but as indicated by the close voters it may be a duplicate of Sublight Starship “passed” by FTL. Here is part of user14111's not-yet-accepted answer, identifying the title as "Far Centaurus".

I'm a huge fan of SF from the golden age of SF, so this could be a fairly old book. It was a story about a "generation" starship or sublight starship.

It's "Golden Age" all right (Astounding Science Fiction, January 1944, available at the Internet Archive) but it's not a book, it's a short story: "Far Centaurus" by A. E. van Vogt.

It was a story about a "generation" starship or sublight starship.

It was a sublight starship (500 years from Sol to Alpha Centauri) but not a generation ship, it was a sleeper ship. The crew were awakened from suspended animation at long intervals, one at a time...

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    This looks like the one I read 20 years ago. Thanks! Dec 19, 2018 at 3:18
  • @Cheng You can "accept" the answer to mark it as correct by clicking the checkmark on the left :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Dec 19, 2018 at 4:48

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