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It's a simple enough idea but the novel setting and details are brilliant. Think of the consistency of the dust, the lower gravity meaning that it hangs in the 'space' above ground when disturbed, the vacuum and cold hampering rescue efforts. Every idea we can think of is shot down for some reason and the challenge inside is to stay calm. The passengers have two books, and elect to read aloud 'The Orange and the Apple', a saucy tale of a meeting between Isaac Newton and Nell Gwynn. That kind of little human detail is enough to bring them alive and make us care about the rescue.
Yes this is dated now, but it's great fun and not too long. It's a good read.
Is it fair to criticise a novel that is now more than fifty years old for seeming dated? Probably not, though the mere fact that I offer the thought is a testament to how well Arthur C Clarke's other novels have survived the passage of time. I do recall thinking this novel was marvellous when I first read it as a teenager, yet a little of that glow was absent now.
The basic story is, as so often with Clarke, beguilingly simple. At an unspecified date in the 21st century man has colonised the Moon, and some of the wealthiest citizens now spend their holidays there. Several of them have gone for an excursion in the Selene, a specially designed craft which skims across the dust filled 'seas' of the moon offering fantastic view of earth dominating the lunar skyscape. By great misfortune, Selene's passage over the dust bowl coincidence with a 'moonquake' which causes an underground cavern to collapse. The disturbance causes Selene to be pitched down into the chasm where it is immediately covered by tones of fine silicon dust which, as well as smothering the ship and hiding it from vie, also render radio contact impossible.
The rest of the story revolves around the attempts firstly to locate and then rescue the Selene.Read more ›
This is my first novel by Arthur C. Clarke, and as I enjoyed the style of writing immensely - will certainly not be my last!
I found this book easy to read; enjoyable, and with just about the right amount of suspense to keep me satisfied without all those over-long and invented words and names that become so tiresome in this genre... About the only criticism (and it is small) that I would have, is the fact that there was not enough story before the big 'accident' outlining life as it is on the Moon. I would have liked more background to day-to-day living by the Moon's inhabitants to begin with - but it seemed to me the Author appeared a little too eager to get into the 'life threatening' and crisis situation part of the story way too soon...
However; a very enjoyable read indeed that I could recommend to any SF fan.
NOTE: 'SF Masterworks' series has some of the finest examples in this genre, and I find do stunningly attractive artwork for their chosen titles, but the quality of these Editions leave a lot to be desired... The print, though bold is poor somehow; there are numerous spelling errors, missing or duplicated words - and even the print is not the same size throughout! It's also a bit small too for my liking - but I'm always 'seduced' by the outstanding and enticing artwork!
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Although I am an Arthur C Clarke fan, this book is sadly dated now - not just in the science, but in terms of social attitudes and realism of the kind of scenario described in this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Classic story from Clarke. I read it 40 years ago and this time it was perhaps even betterPublished 5 months ago by P
Another great novel from Arthur C Clarke. Vivid descriptions, interesting psychological summaries during the moon incident of the vessel passengers and how they cope with the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ben Drury
Brilliant and well written. Despite science overtaking the basis of this book it is still a riveting readPublished 6 months ago by The Boid
A good, but not exceptional reading of one of my favourite Arthur C Clarke novels. It suffers from some occasionally odd pronunciations, and the american actor reading the book... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dr. Guy B. Gratton
This was one of my favorite reads when i was a wee thing, i re-read the words right of the pages going over it time and again, and its been maybe 25 years since i even owned a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by G. Bethune
A classic science fiction / disaster story. The characterisations might be a little light weight but the drama draws you in. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stephen