The last of the Kerr Pilots must establish an outpost at the cosmic strings, 1000 light years away. There is no faster than light travel. It's a lifetime voyage with no return.
He was the last of the heroic Kerr Pilots. His ancestors may have been asked to commit hari kari, so Tomo Chiyoko was not afraid to take a life-long journey to the mysterious cosmic strings 1000 light years away. His only company was Suzi, a rather linear AI whose main job was to keep him alive until the end of the mission. There was no return trip. A short novel from the longer work, Curtain of Heaven.