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Good Clarke book but too much computer generated picsFeb. 6 2010
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I'm a huge Arther C Clarke fan. The world misses this one in a hundred million futuristic visionary and superb writer.Years and years ago I read almost everything he wrote. I missed this one.
This book is 120 pages and is well written. I give the written material a 5 star. However 1/3 of the book is older computer generated pictures on different areas of Mars that have been terraformed at different times centuries and centuries from now.
Clarke was a realest about terraforming. He realized Mars terraforming would take centuries and centuries. Clarke explains why we must explore space and expand the human race into space or face stagnation and eventual collapse of civilization. He explains why it is essential for us to work with other nations together in the conquest of space especially Mars. He explained the need of cooperation in the cold war.
Different propulsion systems are discussed ( nuclear, ion, and antimatter). Read Dr Robert Zubrin's.... The Case for Mars (5 stars) for the real deal about Mars Direct on how to get to Mars.
Clarke shows support for a limited moon base but explains a Mars Colony is the key.
There is limited explanation as to the detailed methods of terraforming Mars. Many computer generated pics of Olympus Mars ( highest and largest volcano in the solar system), the Labyrinth of Night,and other spectacular areas of Mars.
Its interesting to see Clarke's genius older view of terraforming of Mars but I'm sure there are better books on terraforming Mars. His computer generated pics are dated 1990ish. Its nice seeing some of them but he over did it. Wish Clarke had only 1/3 the computer generated pics and the space used for actual terraforming detailed info. This is a classic book. A good book for any Clarke collection. 4 stars
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A wonderful book, but a bit too many picturesFeb. 4 1997
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As a reader of many of Arthur C. Clarkes books, I just had to get this one too.
I love the topic of this book. And to see how with available technics it would be possible to develop a "Garden on Mars" is very amazing to read about.
Unluckily, in my opinion, Clarke put a bit too much work into playing around with this picture creating tool. I am a computer techie and I know how much fun it can be to work with stuff like that.
But a view less pictures would have worked just the same.