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He dropped his hand on my shoulder as I squinted through the lens at the five stars burning over fifty light-years from the spot on which we stood.
Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  the distance that light travels in a vacuum in 1 year; 5.88 trillion miles or 9.46 trillion kilometers
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  • He dropped his hand on my shoulder as I squinted through the lens at the five stars burning over fifty light-years from the spot on which we stood.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • My father’s stories had given me a glittering image of the city of Krakow, three hundred fifty miles and light-years removed from the life I knew in Narewka.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • He’s light-years ahead of the old fart outside."
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I was scarcely anticipating anything so bleak as the slatternly railroad flats I had read about in certain stories of Jewish city life in the twenties and thirties; I knew that the Lapidus family must be light-years away from the slums as well as from the shtetl.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • These stars are light-years away, he says.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • To see Herald Square on television made me feel as if I were stranded millions of light-years from Earth and picking up signals from the early days of radio, announcer voices and audience applause from a vanished civilization.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Some of them are a million light-years away.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Ford Prefect was at this moment under great stress, and he was born six hundred light-years away in the near vicinity of Betelgeuse.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He hadn’t meant to sound belittling, and yet Sophie Neveu was light-years out of her league.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • If these Afghans blew the whistle on us, we might all be killed, right out here on this rocky, burning-hot promontory, thousands and thousands of miles from home, light-years from help.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor

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  • Spiders are being transported there to help, but the planets are hundreds of light-years apart.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I thought how ironic it was that Jake’s telescope could see stars a million light-years away, but not the town it was in.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Our galaxy is a huge disk of stars millions of light-years across, and the solar system is somewhere near the outside edge of the disk.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • His voice seemed to come from light-years away.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The two men had known each other years before, but now, one living in his monk’s cell and the other in his grand apartment in the four-story clinic, they were light-years apart.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • She is too many light-years away.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • The blackness had returned, but Langdon could now hear distant whispers echoing across the light-years of emptiness.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The distances are so great that we measure them in light-minutes and light-years.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Atlanta is only a couple of hours away, but it is light-years from this.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • In the first case, the sooner I finish my work here, the sooner I can get back to where I belong, a good many light-years from here.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • And even to say "southern heaven" is to try to familiarize terrific convulsions of fire in the million light-year distances (and why, from space to space, does the occupancy have to be by fire?).
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • The Ouster Hawking wake had been noticed by Hegemony monitoring stations but was misinterpreted as merely another swarm migration which would pass no closer than half a light-year to the Bressian system.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • For now, for one night, the pressures of the job were light-years away.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • How many light-years, or whatever it is, in what direction?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Still Frank, Jr., brooded about something, light-years away, or so it seemed to me.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Dad explained light-years and black holes and quasars and told us about the special qualities of Betelgeuse, Rigel, and Venus.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • This pen was packed with humanity moving from the temporary gate toward and through gate five-and onto some planet light-years away.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • No, but what is new is that the construction industry is a couple of light-years ahead of all other Swedish industries when it comes to competition and efficiency.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Administrative details are not simple in an army spread through many light-years in hundreds of ships.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Narrative, however, has two kinds of time: first, its own real time, which like musical time defines its movement and presentation; and second, the time of its contents, which has a perspective quality that can vary widely, from a story in which the narrative’s imaginary time is almost, or indeed totally coincident with its musical time, to one in which it stretches out over light-years.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • She felt as if she heard her own voice, many light-years away, crying that she would give her life to see him-but in this room, she heard the voice of a meaningless stranger saying coldly, "No, Mr. Thompson, I wouldn’t.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Not long after that we were invited by Mrs. Poole and some of her church friends to a picnic at Cherry Grove Beach, which Mrs. Poole said was "light-years better than Ferris Beach.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • And yet we are so far away that light-years cannot express it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • For heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light-years away, you know.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Not to rape the planet for our resources—there’s plenty of those spread evenly throughout the universe, so you don’t have to travel hundreds of light-years to get them.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The Arabs had very recently ceased to exist, and even when they had existed they were five hundred thousand light-years from Damogran.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He was now six light-years from the place that the Earth would have been if it still existed.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • "Well," said Ford, "the Thumb’s an electronic sub-etha signaling device, the roundabout’s at Barnard’s Star six light-years away, but otherwise, that’s more or less right."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Treeships rarely accrued more than a four-or five-month time-debt, making short, scenic crossings where star systems were a very few light-years apart, thus allowing their affluent passengers to spend as little time as necessary in fugue.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • NGS 549672 is forty light-years from Earth.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • And when you look at the sky you know you are looking at stars which are hundreds and thousands of light-years away from you.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • You arc looking at your own Universe, the island galaxy of which your Sun is a member, from a distance of half a million light-years.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • It’s probably a hundred light-years away, maybe more.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Far away on the opposite spiral arm of the Galaxy, five hundred thousand light-years from the star Sol, Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Imperial Galactic Government, sped across the seas of Damogran; his ion drive delta boat winking and flashing in the Damogran sun.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • It was exactly a nothingth of a second long, a nothingth of an inch wide, and quite a lot of millions of light-years from end to end.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • He stooped down and picked up a cold clod of earth, but there was nothing underneath it worth crossing thousands of light-years to look at.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • A light-year is nearly ten trillion kilometers.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • The distance to the star in the Milky Way that is our nearest neighbor is four light-years.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But, Edouard, Your Excellency, if the artifacts had indicated the presence of a Christ-oriented culture there, six hundred light-years from Old Earth, almost three thousand years before man left the surface of the homeworld… Was it so dark a sin to interpret such ambiguous data in a way which would have meant the resurgence of Christianity in our life-time?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Light-years away and on a different day, or maybe an hour or so later — —no matter.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
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