of space travel: at relativistic speed; of a spaceship: capable of travelling at relativistic speed
Frequently used in the Hainish Cycle of Ursula K. Le Guin.
[< nearly as fast as light]
No, they’ll have the mass problem in NAFAL shipping licked by now, remember it’s been sixteen years since we left Earth last Tuesday.
The next day she did much better although she felt even weaker and sicker than she had aboard the NAFAL starship Hermes during that first long, awful acceleration period.
They went from world to world, and each time they lost the world they left, lost it in time dilation, their friends getting old and dying while they were in NAFAL flight.
Jinny was the high school sweetheart he married before he caught a NAFAL troopship to the up and out. Quirks of near-light-speed travel and time dilation being what they are, he aged only the two years of his tour fighting the Bots, while Jinny, planetside, aged the twelve years he was gone in her reference frame.
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