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A Fall of Moondust (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Kindle Edition

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... this adaptation cranks up the tension effectively --Bournemouth Daily Echo, February 29, 2008

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A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival from one of the undisputed masters of science fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 734 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway; New Ed edition (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079MR9M4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2012
Format: Paperback
A dust cruiser is submerged in a dust dune on the lunar surface, and as with a modern submarine the passengers must wait for outside help with dwindling resources and specific engineering and physics problems for their rescuers to face.
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.
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I see from the now barely decipherable scrawl on the flyleaf of my copy of this book that I bought it in November 1979, now thirty six years ago, and it was already nearly twenty years since the novel's first publication. By way of context, I was then sixteen and had just entered the lower Sixth Form at Loughborough Grammar School. Pink Floyd were on the verge of releasing 'The Wall', and we were six months into Margaret Thatcher's first term as British Prime Minister.

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.
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I am particularly pleased to see this available, as I restored it to the BBC archives from a reel-to-reel tape I had recorded of 'Saturday Night Theatre' on BBC Radio 4 in October 1975. It had lain forgotten until the BBC 'Treasure Hunt' was advertised. I then checked all my BBC radio recordings, and this was the only one not in the BBC Sound Archives. I received two CDs of it & a thank-you letter from the Head of BBC Sound Archives, Simon Rook. Martyn Miles Winey Oxon .
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By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2011
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I purchased this book because it was about man living on the Moon. I have always been fascinated by stories set on the Moon - I guess this comes from growing up at the time of the Moon Landing.

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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It is interesting how period science fiction reveals far more about the time in which it was written than about the future. Arthur C Clarke's vision of the moon, pre the first landing, is extremely plausible, and rich in scientific justification, but the characters in the book feel like they are from a very distant past. The men are all stiff and proper, the women (largely marginalised in the story) are either capable, in the manner of a war-time nurse, or neurotic. The plot is pedestrian, predictable and never fully engages. It's not a terrible book, but it is not one of Clarke's best and doesn't wear its age particularly well.
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