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Far Sunset (Hodder science fiction) Paperback – 1 Jul 1979


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; New edition edition (1 July 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340043644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340043646
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,355,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Year is 2032 A.D. The Gloria Mundi, a star ship built and manned by the Unites States of Europe, touches down on the planet Alatair Five. Disaster strikes. Leaving only one apparent survivor - and Englishman named Paul Morrow, whose adventures in the lair of a strange primeval race known as the Bayani leads him firstly to their God, the omnipotent and omniscient Oruri, and eventuallt to an unlimited power that is so great that it must include a built in death sentence. The forces have remained static for centuries overcome both the forces of the future and the quest for unlimited knowledge.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Page on 8 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was not offered for review to the Ministry of Zombies. I found it in a book shop in London and it was provided for free. I just saw the cover and thought it looked interesting.

It follows the adventures of an Englishman Paul Marlowe as he joins one of the great ships sending humans deep into space. His target is a distant world and the journey will takes years.

The team arrives at the world but from the moment they land, nothing goes to plan...

Paul is thrown into a weird alien world in which he must either adapt go insane. Will he ever feel at home is this stunning but brutal world? Will be ever decode the hidden mysteries around him?

This stunningly simple, short and clear novel was written in the 1960s and apart from a few technological phrases, it has hardly dated. Modern readers can enjoy now just as much - even though the dates such 2013 or 2033 no longer feel like the realm of science fiction.

I've never read any Edmund Cooper before but his style is addictive and very readable. This tale is maybe 180 pages so it's not a brick of book. Also, it doesn't seem to be `Book 10' of a series of 37 etc. So, it stands alone as a story. I wouldn't have minded it being a bit longer....

The biggest compliment I can give this book is that I devoured it in 4 evenings. You know you are onto a good thing when you are going up to bed early to sneak in a few more short, punchy chapters. The story is brisk and well-paced, the highlight being his descriptions of the new civilisation he discovers and his developing relationships.

A Far Sunset is a first class science fiction story, where character development and a simple but entrancing plot are woven in with the wild adventure of an alien world and its strange new customs. Thoroughly recommended to any sci-fi fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 18 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Brilliant book! Read it when I was 18 and it was the 1st book I couldn't put down. 30 yrs on I've reread it and it's still just as good. Great story of a contempory man alone on a distant planet in a medieval society. It goes from triumph (when he finds the secret of the planets god Omri, to tragedy as he discovers the fate of the rest of the starships crew. Can't understand why this is not regarded as a sci fi classic, it would make a fabulous film - the only reason i can think of that it's not more highly regarded is that it doesn't contain reams of techno babble it just gets on with the story. Get it now you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SouthScot on 8 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
Fantastic science fiction set far from Earth, by a highly talented and underrated author Edmund Cooper. This is one of his two or three very best novels, rivalling his earlier book Transit for imagination, evocative description and storytelling. It uses a typical Cooper theme of the clash of advanced and less advanced cultures, here told from the perspective of one man adrift with no way back home. You don't know where the story will lead, but it's beautifully plotted and paced and is deeply satisfying. If you've liked Cooper's other "off Earth" novels like Transit, I'm sure you will enjoy this one. If you're new to the author, give it a try, in my opinion it is (or should be) a classic.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "theboyrage" on 4 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
Set in the year 2032AD, the Glori Mundi, a starship bulit and manned by the new United States of Europe, touches down on a distant planet, Altair 5. There is a disaster and only the Englishman Paul Marlow survives. Now alone is a far and distant land he must fight for his survival and for that of the people who adopted him.
This is an excellent sci fi classic from the 60s. Although only set 20 years from now, it could easily be 2130 , 2230 or even 23030! In fact Cooper writes with such flair that this would work if it was 1930! An excellent , exciting and thought provoking read!
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