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5.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling, 2 Dec 2012
This work is one of the greatest speculative science fiction pieces ever written. It isn't a character driven escapist sensation burgeoning with dialogue, which goes a long way to explain it's brevity.
The only way to read this book is slowly. Try to immerse yourself in the situations, revel in Clarke's descriptive prowess and sheer imagination. Vizualise yourself on the lip of Shalmirane, feel the soft and encompassing hum of the Central Computer.
The story can also be read as a meditation on self and identity, whether you gravitate to the emergent cultural currents or are more grounded in your immediate experiential existence. It's hard to convey the genius of Clarke's foresight.
Also, it has the COOLEST spaceship of any sci-fi work I've ever come across.