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on 2 March 2000
Upon reading Imperial Earth, I could not help but think of how 2001 the book and the movie were so different - and that this book, written shortly after the movie premiere was in many ways a second try for Clarke to bring life to Saturn.
Though that doesn't deter the quality of the book at all.
Clarke introduces time-old experiences of life in a colony against a vast, yet remote empire - paralleled mildly to the three hundred year ago colonization of the Americas by the Britsh empire. In Imperial Earth, these ideas of colonization are reminded over and over again - from the comminque and travel time difference from Titan to Earth, to the sheer isolation that Titan has as a community within our solar system.
The part I enjoyed was Duncan's time while on Earth. I especially like the company Enigma - makes me wish we had a company like them now!
On whole, Imperial Earth is an enjoyable read, enough to spend an afternoon with, but not deep enough that you will live with it long after you read the final decisions that Duncan has to make.
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This is a very solid sci-fi novel, a scenario of the future that is complex and unpredictable. It is not about swashbuckling adventure, but paints a vivid picture of a future world with absolutely wonderful details, from the hand-held computing device that records every moment of your entire life - if you can find where you filed it, such as a strange howling on the moon's surface that the narritor hears- to the neural stimulator that functions as a kind of drug, permanently altering the brain in unforeseen ways. It also brings in cloning as an issue as well as the economics of supporting a colony far far away from Earth, all with systematic musings that completely surpass normal sci-fi standards. WHile these aspects may sound fantastical, they are woven in to a rather mundane story that drags a bit in the middle, but winds down to a surprise at the end.

Recommended. Clarke was one of the absolute best. He will be missed.
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on 2 February 2013
Although his optimism seems to sometimes get the better of him. Here we are in 2013 and still war and poverty are the hallmarks of human existence in sharp contrast to Mr Clark's utopian vision of 2001. Nonetheless he is an extraordinarily visionary. So much of the technologies he wrote about before the Apollo lunar landings has now become everyday familiar items.

The book is a great read the characters are believable and well fleshed out and the plot is both engaging and intriguing.
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on 19 February 2013
In my mind one of the great Clarke novels. It ties together the projected science and life on future Titan with politics and developments on Earth and the satelites. This is probably THE novel when todays SmartPhones were first described. This is a very good novel from one of the grand masters of SF
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on 6 March 2014
bought this as my old copy had fallen apart. a must have in your book collection and never tire from reading it. would recommend to everyone. a timeless classic.
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on 17 March 2015
During the last 50 years I have read most of this authors work,
This book is among my favourite.
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on 12 January 2015
Not his best book, but it keeps you wondering what the ultimate objective is.
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on 28 January 2015
A whodunnit for those with an interest in science and human society.
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