an interstellar traveller
The man Rab Cain got away—took passage in the Starfarer, the emigrant ship bound for Arkar.]
As I am now utterly without hope, lost to my mission and lost in the sight of my crew, I will record what petty thoughts I may have for what benefit they may give some other starfarer.
The skin of his hands and face was very dark, the space tan of a starfarer, but on the less exposed parts of his body it was ivory-white.
Well, they died, they died, the poor all-powerful star-farers.
Throughout the Five Galaxies the Thennanin were known as tough fighters and doughty starfarers.
Starfarer lay in the far distance, barely visible to the naked eye. Charge-coupled binoculars brought the ship into view, its dual cylinders spinning, the mirror lined with light, the sailhouse an eerie glow floating among the cables, and beyond it all a silver line that soon would unfold into a tremendous solar sail.
Then, when owners and baggage had been reunited, the crew would descend at a more leisurely pace and make way for locally recruited staff, cleaners always, sometimes bodgers—as starfarers contemptuously termed Trevithra’s finest craftspeople—to take care of minor repairs.
You didn’t just walk out on a mine platform, especially not that far out on the fringes of a system—hell, the first rule any starfarer learned was to stay with the ship as long as possible.
Canals fed by the river to the north crisscrossed the land and provided reaction mass, but the Selma pirates didn’t favor water harbors the way most starfarers did.
When it reached its goal it transmitted its discoveries and experiences back to the central intelligence and to any humans who cared. Many did, often because the starfarer was not altogether alien. A robot aboard carried the spirit of Christian Brannock.
R.A. Lafferty, "The Weirdest World"
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