I’m currently working out the details for a 3 part novel series, and I am having a hard time trying to decide how to go about explaining how long distance space travel is accomplished in my story. Here is my quandary:
- I need to move a large ship across vast distances within a time period of around 70-100 years. Think Alpha Centauri and several light years distance.
- The ship is headed for a planet that is in the process of being terraformed and that will be completed by the time the ship reaches it.
- I do not want to put the ships inhabitants into some sort of stasis, and generational travel is only somewhat feasible.
Here’s my issue: What is the best type of propulsion to use for such a trip?
I want to use something that is feasible, and that could be potentially realistic, but that I don’t have to explain in depth so that it doesn’t make the novels “hard science” novels.
Any help is greatly appreciated