Fall of Moondust
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'Marvellously convincing' -- Times Literary Supplement
'Sonic superbly ingenious and exciting new twists' -- Daily Express
'The best book yet about man's most dramatic journey, the most exciting science fiction novel for years' -- Evening Standard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival, A Fall of Moondust is a tour-de-force of psychological suspense and sustained dramatic tension. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The story is a psychological thriller in a science fiction setting on the Moon. Captain Pat Harris, "the skipper of the only boat on the Moon," is the pilot of the Selene, which is a dust-cruiser (the only one) on the Sea of Thirst. The Sea of Thirst is composed of moondust, and the Selene is basically a pleasure cruiser for wealthy tourists. Captain Harris, together with the stewardess Sue Wilkins (an attractive and capable young women who is the object of Harris's erotic fantasies), takes the passengers on a cruise across the sea to the Mountains of Inaccessibility and back. But on the way back, disaster strikes (when a huge gas bubble bursts under the surface), and the Selene begins to sink into the dust.Read more ›
When the rover goes missing, a predictable series of events unfolds: Earth assumes (at first) the tourists are dead, the tourists try to establish contact with the lunar outpost while growing increasingly antagonistic to each other, the rover's backup power and life support slowly begin to dwindle, a rescue mission is launched and aborted after nearly ending in further disaster, etc, etc.
There wasn't too much that was new to me and truly surprising here, but a) Clarke did it first and b) the travails of the lunar expedition are still compelling and (getting past the now-discredited dust hypothesis) grounded in hard science, just as I like it. As with Clarke's arguably most famous work, Rendezvous with Rama, there's not really a strong theme addressed in A Fall of Moondust, so the novel is almost entirely devoted, for better or for worse, to the pure exploration of the scientific concepts. Four stars.
Good well written classic science fiction.
Most recent customer reviews
A good story, great "atmosphere", solid science as one would expect from Clarke, suspenseful story, good characterizations but somehow no where near as memorable as other... Read morePublished on March 29 2013 by Geoffrey Edwards
The book is worth reading not so much for the science element but for the characters and situations in it. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2002 by Puneet Tanwar