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Imperial Earth [Paperback]

Arthur C. Clarke
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Sept. 1 1988
The year is 2276. On the world of Titan, an outer planet of Saturn, Duncan Mackenzie and many other colonists are about to leave their homeland for bicentennial celebrations on Earth. But for Duncan, the journey is also a delicate mission for himself, his family and the future of Titan.

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'No one does it better than Arthur Clarke' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLIMENT 'Arthur C. Clarke at the height of his powers' NEW YORK TIMES 'A polished gem - a winner' DAILY MIRROR 'Crammed with fascinating gimmicks, each novelty is utterly plausible, as if its introduction into our lives were absolutely inevitable - no one does it better than Clarke' TIME LITERARY SUPPLIMENT --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Look at when this book is due out Jan. 8 2007
Format:Hardcover
Amazon wants me to pre-order this book supposedly due out from the publisher in 2030?

Lol, that's one heck of a wait!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not thrilling Oct. 14 2003
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Format:Paperback
This book is rather boring. The futuristic images of Earth are quite interesting but a lot of the details about the characters are rather long and dull. I'd suggest you find a secon-hand copy of this book rather than buying a brand new one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books! Aug. 14 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fantastic exptrapolation of the future from the present. It's truly a great armchair adventure, but not in the explosion-chasing-killing manner of so many other stories. It has an almost meditative quality which enhances consideration of the social and ethical problems presented.
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This book weaves a human-interest story into the future of 2276 AD from the naivete of 1976, when the book was first published.
I thought the best part of the book was Clarke's extrapolation of trends into the future. In some cases, he's right on the money, if two centuries late: HMS Titanic nostalgia, PCs, a sort of interplanetary internet, human cloning, disintegration of nation states, and the utter failure of the SETI program.
The sections describing the interplanetary propulsion system, and its occasionally explosive development, was worth the price of admission.
The descriptions of life on the moon Titan will have to wait for the culmination of the Cassini/Huygens mission for a reality-check. I suspect he'll be closer than anyone would have imagined. (2006! Where's Clarke's asymptotic drive when we need it!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read !! March 17 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like many of Clarke's other books, Imperial Earth was a very enjoyable read and you don't have to be a sci-fi fan to relate to the subject matter. It tells the story of the central character's journey to Earth from one of the space colonies in the solar system. In doing so, we come across several recurring themes of cultural and economic differences between colonialists and mother Earth, as well as political intrigue and unrequited love. What I found quite absorbing was Clarke's narration of the relationships between each of the characters, and this sets the book apart from other 'shoot 'em up' sci-fi publications. I had no problem purchasing this book (in fact it was a 1997 copy, published by Vista).
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