2018-07-01 03:48:32 UTC
This was a pleasant, short, very early Clarke book.
Takes place on the mood in about year 2165.
Lots of very dated ideas, and wrong assumptions of the future,
- punch tapes to feed computers, file cabinets, film developed
just like 1865 to 1999~~ , bound books, sexist ideas,
IMHO, a fine book, but not in the league of 2001, 2010,
Hammer of God, Songs of Distant Earth, Rendezvous with Rama,
Fountains of Paradise, or Imperial Earth.
Here is some of the Wikipedia:
"1955 - Earthlight is a science fiction adventure story set on
the Moon, where a government agent is looking for a suspected spy
- There have been no wars for the last 200 years. - political
tension between the government of a politically united Earth
(which maintains sovereignty over the Moon) and independent settlers
and traders elsewhere in the solar system who have formed a federation,
erupts into warfare over the terms for the availability to the
Federation of scarce heavy metals. - able to rescue all but one
of the crew who have to make the 40 second crossing without space
Here is the goodreads entry, they rate it as 3.64
"The time: 200 years after man's first landing on the Moon. There
are permanent populations established on the Moon, Venus and Mars.
Outer space inhabitants have formed a new political entity, the
Federation --- "
A rater, Denis, very understandably says, "it is what is to be
expected by early Clarke: Intelligent, clever, inventive,
efficiently executed, and as always, optimistic. I enjoyed
this more than expected."
One can hear it read at either of these citations:
If you really want to buy it: