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on 11 September 2000
Mankind has been fleeing the solar system for centuries but without the benefit of faster-than-light travel. Colonising the stars by launching embryos and genes stored in computers to other worlds in robot seed-ships; the world has resigned itself to remaining on Earth and dying with their star. But, at the eleventh hour a new propulsion system is invented that can send humans to the stars. This book tells the story of a ship of Earth-born humans arriving at a seeded colony.
One of the things I loved about this book is that the science is so believable and well explained but without getting technical - there is just enough detail but never too much. The same could be said about the characterisation which builds right up until the final moving pages which end in a way that you'll never forget. I strongly recommend this book - in a recent interview Arthur C Clarke said it was his personal favorite !
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on 22 March 2005
I read this book after hearing Mike Oldfield's CD of the same title - his musical interpretation of the book. Much as I enjoyed the music, it is the tone of the book that still haunts me years later. This story is just so moving, not something I expect from a science fiction story. Highly recommended - one that you will want to return to over the years.
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on 30 June 1999
Set in the future when mankind has calculated the end of the world. The ongoing projects to send seed ships out to colonise far flung planets, so as to preserve humankind. Finally in the Last Days of earth a ship is able to leave earth with humans in stasis. The story centres around this ship arriving at a colony which has grown from one of the seed-ships. Interaction of the earthmen/women and the colonists is fascinating. A very plausible storyline.
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Most science fiction novels are based on unimaginable technologies and just assumptions that these technologies can become reality, however far into the future. Clarke is brilliant and meticulous in his use of technologies - and the explanations of how they came into being and how they are used are excellent.
If you want a novel that still has that fantasy quality without being based in Wonderland this is one to read. A breath of fresh air!
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on 13 May 2009
In my opinion this is his best book. The reader can really engage with the characters and the story is one which you believe could really happen. I would have loved to read a sequel!
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on 28 February 2004
While this book doesn't have as much mystery and excitement as some of Clarkes other works, it is a fascinating read and has some nice ideas to think about. It's a very realistic book with a great human aspect.
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on 21 March 2011
this was such a moving sci-fi romance. it was also fascinating to see what Clarke's vision of the future would be and to see that so far he was very accurate.
as for the story itself, i havent cried for about 4 years but in the last two or three chapters of this book i was very close!
definite 5 star!
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on 6 September 2001
The close to this novel must rate as one of the most harrowing pieces of science fiction ever. The story moves along at a steady but generally less than exciting pace. Fans of Clarke will be well familiar with the style, not everything has the drama of the Odyssey or Rama novels.
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This is a very good hard sci-fi novel, about a colony of humans on a distant planet that is visited by the remnants of the human race fleeing catastrophe. Having been seeded long long before, this colony had lost touch with the home world and developed a culture of its own, highly civilised and quite benign - they are peaceful and pursue their pleasures in an open and innocent way. However, underneath their oceans, an incredible transformation is taking place, perhaps one of the most significant in the history of the human race. Then the fleeing ships arrives, shaking things up with new ideas and desires. While avoiding spectacular adventure, this quiet novel is quite fascinating and chock full of intricately related ideas and systems, which are what Clarke portrays the best.

Warmly recommended. It is an intellectual adventure to read this.
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on 31 March 2016
Poor imitation of the original book.
Way too short.
Way over-priced, I guess this is because they have to pay someone to do the narration.
Not worth the money.
DO. NOT. BUY. THIS.
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