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Arthur C. Clarke
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1 Jan 1960

Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment.

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 by the field¿s foremost author.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Bounty Books; hardcover edition (1 Jan 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 090571282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0905712826
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... this adaptation cranks up the tension effectively --Bournemouth Daily Echo, February 29, 2008 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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¿The best book yet about man¿s most dramatic journey, the most exciting science fiction novel for years¿ Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fall of Moondust 2 Nov 2010
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fall of Moondust 30 Nov 2012
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Radio SF at its best 5 Feb 2008
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This was a very nice radio play version of A Fall Of Moondust. I recall it being broadcast back in about 1981 and had a cassette for many years. Really well adapted, you can feel the tension far more in the voices of the actors on tape than in the book. A superb example of the power of good SF in the radio genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun read. 2 Aug 2013
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Its a bit of fun but the storyline gets a bit teadious (old fashioned) ok for a quick read to understand moondust and gravity forces.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the Mill radio play 21 April 2013
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I was expecting much more from an Arnold C Clarke book adaptation, but this is a mediocre drama about an eclectic bunch of characters encountered previously on numerous occasions, who could have been trapped anywhere - it just happens to be the moon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great story 6 April 2013
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i read this book many years ago,so i am glad that i purchased it for the kindle, it hasn't lost any of the power of the story line,
the human factor in it is very good without going over the top, " which often happens", Arthur c C larke is a master of telling
sci fi stories which seem to put the reader into the story, without makeing it to heavy, i would recomend it to any scy fi fans out there,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good book 30 Jan 2013
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Good book remembering doing it for English Lit . Still enjoyed it know. Good story if you like space,but it is more about human interacction under stress.Would reccomend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jan 2013
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A good, old fashioned science fiction story. Although man has been to the moon since this was written it is still very believeable. Made me feel young again!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-fi
An interesting and typically imaginative book by the master - and who knows it might still happen on the moon or Mars!
Published 8 months ago by Andrew King
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur C Clarke and how he transcends time!
It never ceases to amaze me how Arthur C Clarke wrote about settings that are so foreign to us yet he still manages to make it so accessible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Edward Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
A milestone of science-fiction and a rare example where an author gets everything right. A touch dated now, but still a page-turner. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Simon Exton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
As one of Arthur C. Clarke's earlier works (1961) the content may appear a little dated but that doesn't detract from a fantastic story of human resourcefulness against an... Read more
Published 11 months ago by iain russell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fall Of Moondust
As a huge fan of Clarke's work I absolutely loved this book. A well earned Hugo award nomination upon release and quintessential Clarke reading.
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This is a book that I have loved since my youth, a melding of boy's own adventure with hard scientific fact to create the ultimate disaster movie plot. Read more
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