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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, from an historical perspective, 4 Nov 2002
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This review is from: Space Trilogy: Three Early Novels: "Islands of the Sky", "Earthlight", "The Sands of Mars" (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Paperback)
The main selling point of these three stories has to be comparing Arthur C. Clarke's vision of the future, as written 50 years ago, with todays reality. As standalone stories they are perhaps lacking strong plot development, especially "Islands in the Sky", but this shouldn't detract from an otherwise interesting read. "Islands in the Sky" introduces the concept of weather and communications satellites, albeit large manned contraptions. All three stories, not surprisingly, are distinctly lacking in the computer/electronic systems we take for granted today. The most obvious mis-prediction to be found in these stories has to be that of plant life on the Moon and Mars, and even animal life on Mars. When reading about these, well thought out, forms of life, it is worth remembering that these stories date from the first tentative beginnings of The Space Race. Before Man walked on the Moon, before Viking, Voyager and all those other craft that have provided so much knowledge about the Solar System. What I found to be of most interest is Arthur C. Clarke's predications of how colonisation of the Solar System would proceed is little different from that to be found in more modern Sci-Fi. His understanding of the practicalities of life in Space stand out, and much of his view of the future remains believable 50 years later. This on its own speaks volumes.
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