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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (Oct. 13 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345430700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345430700
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,157,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By "skidmarck" on July 5 2001
Format: Paperback
I didn't like this one as much as I did "Tales from the White Hart", but it's still one of those books you just can't put down!
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By Bill R. Moore on Feb. 14 2001
Format: Paperback
Not Clarke's best novel, but still, nonetheless, a good one. Although the prose retains his characteristic hard-core scientific accuracy, poetic descriptions, and sly wit, this work is also more suspenseful than most of his other books. Although "space wars" are an extremely common theme in science fiction (being, indeed, the mainstay plots of some authors) it is extremely war in a Clarke novel. Earlight, however, focuses on it, and even has a full-fledged war scene. Mind you, it is not your typical "pulp" SF corny war scene, but rather one told in strikingly believable detail, complete with scientific accuracy and poetic prose. The book will keep you reading. Definately a book you will want to pick up if you are an ACC fan, though new fans will want to pick up 2001, 2010, Rendezvous With Rama, or Childhood's End instead.
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By magellan on Sept. 7 2000
Format: Paperback
This short work is still one of Clarke's best. The battle scene at the very end of the book between The Acheron spaceship and the moon base, which has developed a strange, molten-metal beam weapon which works in a vacuum, is extremely unusual and very well done, I thought.
Clarke's discussion of the political issues between Earth and her colonies, The Confederation, that eventually lead to the climactic battle scene, are also well done. If you liked this book, you might also try Robert Heinlein's books, "Between Planets," and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," which also deal with the issue of the Moon or other planets attempting to rid themselves of the colonial hegemony of mother Earth.
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