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‘Clarke’s simple, musical style never falters in this novel, which is a sobering yet far from bleak commentary on humanity’s longing for the stars. Highly recommended’
For many Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction. He is particularly known for the scientific basis of his writing, and his often uncannily accurate predictions. In 'The Songs of Distant Earth' he intertwines these elements with deeply-felt humanitarian themes, to create a thoughtful and hauntingly evocative tale.
Over centuries of knowing the end was at hand humanity launched probes carrying embryos to distant star-systems, relying on machines to incubate the first people of a virgin land under an alien sun. Finally, in the Last days of the Earth, the 'Magellan' takes off for the stars carrying a million refugees. They witness the death of Earth as they leave: the Atlantic boils dry, the pyramid disintegrate, the ice of Antarctica melts. Then they sleep. Five hundred years later the 'Magellan' must make planetfall for repairs. The voyagers awake to find themselves on the idyllic planet of Thalassa. Curios yet wary, the Thalassans offer their distant cousins a cautious welcome and alien destinies become inextricably entwined in a clash of cultures unlike any before.
In 'The Songs of Distant Earth' Arthur C. Clarke has created a poignant and vivid account of doomsday and beyond. His simple, musical prose-style perfectly captures man's longing for the stars in a moving story about human diversity and the meaning of loss.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
Seeing how I can’t even drive through Leicestershire on the M1without calling into the Donnington Park services, the crew of the starship Magellan – two centuries into a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jim Noy
I'm generally a big fan of Clarke, but this one didn't really hit the spot for me.
It's well written and explores some interesting ideas, both philosophical and... Read more
Pretty quick read. Very enjoyable. Earth is no more and seed ships to distant star systems have settled planets with limited success. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mel Powell
Arthur C. Clarke is a pure "hard" science fiction writer. Paradoxically, this means that his greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2013 by Theo