From The Best of Jack Vance
Synopsis: A hardened drill sargeant type takes up his last cadet training crew on solar sail type of spaceship. The young crew must build computers from piles of parts, and once in space they must troubleshoot several mechanical and computer problems.
The story in this collection comes with an introduction by the author. I love these types of introductions, and am not let down by the story of its origination.
Best Line: “The vision of Earth dwindling and retreating is an awesome symbol, equivalent to eternal loss, to the act of dying itself” (17).
(I am reaching here.)
Solar Sail Spaceships