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Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Clarke, Feb. 27 2004
This is one of Clarke's earlier and perhaps not so well-known science fiction novels. It's based on an intriguing idea that was, before the first landing on the moon in the 1960s, perceived as an actual possibility: that some lunar plains, because they appeared to be exceedingly flat and smooth, were composed of extremely fine dust. Such a "sea of dust" would be far more treacherous than any quicksand on Earth, and there was a very real fear that the first lunar probes would sink and instantly vanish into such a sea. Clarke wrote A Fall of Moondust between August and November 1960, and it wasn't until the mid-1960s, when the Luniks and the Surveyors landed on the Moon, that it was proved… Read more
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness (Vox Clamantis in&hellip by Edward Abbey
The voice is silent now, but the echoes will remain. This was Edward Abbey's last book, published the same year that he died. It's a very brief book, containing a short introduction followed by a collection of personal quotes and sayings from the private journal (in 21 volumes) that Abbey had kept since 1948. These fragments, as Abbey calls them, vary in quality from the brilliant to the not quite so insightful. They are divided into 13 chapters: Philosophy, Religion, and So Forth; Good Manners; Government and Politics; Life and Death and All That; On Writing and Writers, Books and Art; Sport; Music; On Women, Love, Sex, Et Cetera; On Nature; Science and Technology; Money, Et Cetera; On… Read more
Glide Path: To The Heart of Experimental Technolog&hellip
3.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream Clarke, Feb. 4 2004
Glide Path is the only "mainstream" novel that Sir Arthur C. Clarke ever wrote (unless he writes another one in the future, we should never count him out despite the fact that he's retired, well over 80, and in a wheelchair...). It's set in Britain during World War II, and tells a (partly) fictionalized story of the early days of "talk-down radar." The story was inspired by Clarke's own experiences during World War II, when he, as an RAF officer, was in charge of the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials.
Glide Path is well-written, but the story is not really all that interesting (despite the fact that the hero, Alan Bishop, visits a… Read more