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The Sands of Mars

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,888 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
On Mars a dedicated group of pioneers - among them some of Earth's finest brains - struggle to change the face of the planet ...

The Mars of this novel has no fabulous cities or exotic princesses: it is the planet which modern science has revealed to us, and the book's authenticity provides a far greater excitement than would fantasy.

Against this background, Arthur C. Clark
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Signet (first published January 1st 1951)
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Apr 07, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Clarke fans and those who like an adventure story
Martin Gibson is a science fiction writer and he decides to spend his money on a trip to the red planet which is now becoming colonised. Gibson seems lacking in knowledge of space travel and how things work up there and so Jimmy, a young apprentice, is assigned as Gibson's teacher as it were. The two become friends and soon Gibson is accepted as part of the group (at first he is looked down upon, as just another writer of space adventures). He is invited along on a mission across the planet in a ...more
Anna Lehmicke
Nov 06, 2014 Anna Lehmicke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Arthur C. Clarke novel I've read. I can't compare it to his own later novels, but it is interesting to note the differences between Sci-Fi of the 50s to the genre today. Fax machines on an interstellar spaceship? Hillariously quaint! Turning a moon into a sun? Preposterously convenient! While the character-building was well done, and the few passages that were descriptive of the Mars Clarke was guiding us through were eloquent and picturesque, the book as a whole was fairly sim ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having trouble putting this into context. When originally published, what sort of book would sit next to it? Something pulpy and ridiculous? Was this revolutionary in its cold fidelity to hard physics and technological understanding of the time? What would I compare this to?

Given Clarke's stringent adherence and reputation, it's tempting to pick at the things he doesn't get right--cigarettes on spaceships, typewriters, administrator-secretaries on Mars, meteorologists on space stations, news
David Roberts
Jan 06, 2014 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the hard science fiction novel The Sands Of Mars by Arthur C Clarke which is a very good book which I bought from kindle. This is one of his early books written in 1951. The plot is an author is on his way to Mars when his ship, he is flying solo, runs into trouble. He is taken aboard a space freighter and completes his journey to Mars. He is stuck on the freighter for a while and the crew mostly leave him alone and he spends alot of his time reading magazines. There is only a sma ...more
Sep 04, 2010 Vernon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has been a difficult novel to rate, partly due to it being Clarke's "first full-length novel," but also that I've found it difficult to keep thoughts of the author's later masterpieces (i.e., The City and the Stars; Childhood's Endcertainly two of the greatest works yet produced in the entire realm of Science Fiction) from impinging onto memory as a no doubt unfair comparison.

The Sands of Mars is an example of an author not only stretching his imagination into a novel-length statement for t

I last read this 39 years ago, as a freshman in college. It's hard to believe this 1951 novel was approximately 20 years old then, and approximately 60 years old now. I re-read it now because it was the yahoogroups Hard-SF book of the month for March 2012, and in order to count it in the paperbackswap 2Q2012 SF Challenge as a first novel of a British writer. This could be considered a precursor, set in the same universe, as Clarke's Space Odyssey books.

I'm afraid I remembered next to nothing abo
Oct 25, 2014 Krbo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
drago mi je bilo pročitati prvi pravi (pune duljine) Clarkeov roman.
(do tada je objavljivao samo priče)

puno je tu naive (hej - 1951. - opet je sve "atomsko") no odmah se vidi i budući master tzv. hard-core SF podžanra - ne upada ni tada lako u zamke popularnog, maltene magijskog, SF-a (mada ima dijelova koje baš i ne može znanost objasniti - recimo, nije mi baš jasna uloga metana i atomskog pogona no možda sam i ponešto propustio :) )

jedan zanimljiv oblik hrvatskog iz 1957. sa milijardom zareza
Andrea Bampi
Leggere l'Urania n.1 nell'edizione originale è stato piuttosto emozionante. Emozione doppia: perchè si dà il caso che il nr.1 corrisponda anche al primo romanzo di Arthur Clarke, uno degli indiscussi padri fondatori della SF. Pensare che si potesse scrivere Hard SF nel 1951 lascia sempre attoniti, ma d'altronde, lo faceva già Verne molto tempo prima; e c'è tanto dello spirito, dell'amore per la scienza e del "Sense of Wonder" di Verne anche in quest'opera di esordio di Clarke. Ci sono però anche ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Eddie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was probably a good book back when it was published (1951), but it focuses too much on "real" science that is now outdated and/or wrong. Which is funny, because two of the characters in the book have a friendly argument about whether science fiction stories survive the test of time (chapter 5). It starts off as an interesting discussion, but it doesn't go anywhere and is never resolved.

And that's sort of the tone of the entire book: it just meanders and never really goes anywhere. No real p
The Sands of Mars, Martin Gibson isimli ünlü bir bilim kurgu yazarının Marsa olan yolculuğunu ve Mars'da yaşadıklarını anlatıyor.

Marsı anlatırken, Mars'ın terraformation veya dünyalaştırılma sürecine tanık oluyor ve Mars'ın aslında kendi kendine yetebilen bir dünya olduğunu fark ediyor.

Kitap Arthur C. Clarke tarafından 1951 yılında yayınlanmış. Kitabı okudum (dinledim), ancak diğer Clarke kitapları kadar etkilendiğimi söyleyemeyeceğim.
Nov 07, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clarke v předmluvě k vydání z osmdesátých let píše o tom, že román technicky zastarává, ale že ho přepisovat nebude :-) Dnes se usmívám nad tím, jak je některé věci asi obtížné odhadnout. Eniac spatřil světlo světa 1946, Sand of Mars 1951. Možná i proto si vezli s sebou na Mars v meziplanetární lodi psací stroj a tištěné knihy :-)

Přesto si myslím, že i tento román nám má dnes co říci. A je to asi něco jiného, než to, co se nám snažil říci v minulém století. Tenkrát to byly pokusy o přiblížení Ru
Steev Thulin-hopper
There are many brilliant things about this, Clarke's first full-length novel. As usual, the man proves to be a master of concise, scientifically-accurate (to the best of his knowledge at the time) storytelling, his characters are vividly drawn, and he conveys the almost- childlike excitement of space exploration that overwhelmed him and forced him to write this stuff.

That said, from a modern perspective, 'The Sands of Mars' has aged amusingly. It's to Clarke's credit that despite this approach
Karen Morrissey
Mar 20, 2016 Karen Morrissey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't expect much drama in this story, that's not the kind of story it is. This is principally a milieu, meaning it's about someone who goes to a strange and wondrous place, has some adventures, and then goes home or decides to stay. It's also a bit of a character story, but the protagonist's change by the end is not great, and Clarke does not let us really get into the character's head.

Clarke wrote this story in the 1940s, and it was based on the best scientific understanding of the time. His p
Jun 02, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
De Arthur C. Clarke venía sabiendo pocas cosas. La primera, que es considerado indispensable de la ciencia ficción. La segunda, su estilo, que ya lo había catado en "Cuentos del planeta Tierra", libro que conseguí de segunda mano. Tenía entendido que era un autor de "ciencia ficción dura", muy purista. Por eso me sorprendí al leer este libro.

"Las arenas de Marte" es un libro de su etapa humanista (de 1950 a 1970), muy optimista y carente prácticamente de conflicto. Me ha decepcionado, aunque el
Feb 18, 2014 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rocketships, newly colonised worlds, the odd alien or two… it's the standard clichéd stereotype of what Golden Age science fiction was all about. Yet, in the hands of a master, it can still be highly entertaining reading. Clarke was, of course, such a master, even though in this early work he has yet to reach the heights.

The story is is a fine example of hard (i.e., science-based) science fiction - amiable and enjoyable enough, though fairly straightforward, and there is perhaps a heavy emphasis
Pierre Menard
Nov 30, 2015 Pierre Menard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Who is looking for outlandish destinations
Fine del XX secolo, da qualche parte tra le orbite di Terra e Marte. Lo scrittore di fantascienza Martin Gibson è il primo e unico passeggero dell’astronave Ares, impegnata nel primo “volo di linea” tra i due pianeti: la colonizzazione del pianeta rosso è ormai avviata, pur tra mille difficoltà, ed è venuto il momento di istituire un collegamento più stabile. Gibson, in qualità di giornalista, deve documentare il suo viaggio e la sua visita su Marte inviando i suoi articoli ai quotidiani terrest ...more
Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the first in the trilogy, but... I didn't.

For some reason, I struggled to keep my attention on the book for at least the first half. It was mildly interesting, but not enough to keep my focus on it.

I didn't really start, I think, to pay attention to what I was reading, until Squeak and the Airweed got involved.

The problem that I have with Clarke seems to be that he's a wonderful writer for the FIRST book in a series, and that after tha
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

Classico romanzo di "fanta-scienza", per usare un neologismo abbastanza efficace, Le sabbie di Marte descrive il viaggio inaugurale dell'astronave "Ares" - prima nave di linea regolare fra i pianeti - e le lotte di un gruppo di pionieri del XXI secolo per colonizzare le rosse distese desertiche del pianeta Marte. E' una lotta affascinante e paurosa su un mondo in agonia dove non esiste quasi più traccia di vegetazione e l'aria è così povera di ossigeno da essere praticamente irrespirabile. Ma la

Iain Coggins
An early work by Clark that I'd wanted to read for years. I finally got around to it, and I wasn't too impressed. Part of the problem is the dated-ness of the book, so I can't hold Clark accountable in that regard. Story-wise, however, it just wasn't all that exciting. Here is a rather humdrum story about rather humdrum characters in an exotic landscape that could have been investigated by the characters far more than it was. Clark's big surprise is the same one he regurgitates in his awful, lat ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Medrod rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slow moving and uneventful

It is amazing that even though computers had been in existence for a decade, Clarke had completely failed to see their use. He has his hero using a typewriter and send faxes. The ship's library is stocked with paper books. Other writers I've read of that period came up with a black box or device to fit the age. Beyond th, the first half of the book is extremely slow and boring. The last half is anchored by plant life and what it's made possible. I'm an old man and I don
I dislike having to make use of platitudes in my reviews, but this one calls for it, so here it goes: I haven't met an Arthur C. Clarke creation I didn't like; this being said, I don't think I can ever give less than 3 stars to any of his books.

Moreover, as far as this book is concerned, it's somewhat more concentric and tends to tie in all loose ends and doesn't really classify as some of his better works. It is still interesting and thought-capturing without being thought-challenging.

In my op
Apr 08, 2015 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book at a book fair in Tulsa, OK. I found it endearing and lovely but I would not recommend it to most sci-fi fans today because it's age. Many sci-fi enthusiasts would find it wonderful but newer fans may find it clunky and outdated. The pace and writing quality is a little slow and choppy but it's characters, plot, and ease of reading were enjoyable.
To me this book is about experiencing the wonder in the world. The ideas invented at the time were incredible! I also love to see h
Mike Howells
Apr 10, 2016 Mike Howells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There's just something about classic 1950s sci-fi that makes you feel excited about the future. Everything is a little over-simplified, from the exobiology to the human psychology, but wouldn't it be great if colonising other planets was this easy?

Films like Interstellar (awful) and The Martian (awesome) try to recapture that optimism, but somehow never quite get it. Maybe I'm showing my age but compared to new sci-fi, some of which is seriously depressing, I'll give Mr Clarke 4-5 stars every t
Feb 02, 2016 DireFloyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primo romanzo della serie Urania, ed infatti lo reputo perfetto soprattutto per chi si sta approcciando al genere fantascientifico. Racchiude un'ottima sintesi tra momenti di pura hard science fiction (calcoli matematici e riflessioni fisico/astronomiche) e momenti più leggeri riguardanti la vita quotidiana nella colonia marziana, privilegiando alla fine questi ultimi. Sarà infatti proprio la seconda parte del libro, ambientata sul pianeta rosso, a catturare di più la vostra curiosità e fantasia ...more
Timothy Coplin
May 22, 2015 Timothy Coplin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2015
I've read reviews that poo-poo this book because of the fact that it Clarke's first full-length science fiction novel. I poo-poo those reviews. This is a fun futuristic read involving the colonization of Mars. In it we see hard science fact as well as fanciful science wonderment.

I especially appreciate Clarke's mention of some of his predecessors classic works as he compared situations and circumstances to those mentioned: Verne, Burroughs and Wells. Also, Clarke's use of historical fact which
Arthur C. Clarke’s second novel, “The Sands of Mars”, published in 1951, differs greatly from his first novel. Whereas “Prelude to Space” was focused on the technical details of space travel, Clarke puts much more effort into character development in “The Sand of Mars”. That is not to say that Clarke ignores the technical as much as he did the character development in his first novel. He has some interesting discussions on creating livable conditions on Mars for man, and he floats an idea which ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Gerd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From "The Jane Austen Book Club":
>I thought Northanger Abbey was the final book.<

>Written first. Published last.<

>That makes much more sense. 'Cause it's a novel
about novels.
You know? You see Austen as the young writer,
questioning herself:
"Who's a heroine? What makes a good story?"
"Are novels a waste of time?" "Am I gonna write?"
"What should I write about?"<

Apologies for quoting from „The Jane Austen book club“, but it stroke me as more than fitting to use these musings
Nov 04, 2015 Ümit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C. Clarke'tan yine Güneş Sistemi içinde geçen realistik bir bilimkurgu, her ne kadar içerdiği Marslılar biraz işi bozsa da.. Yine de bir Mars Yıllıkları değil elbette, zaten o kadar hümanist olmasını beklemiyorum hiçbir BK'nın. Clarke'ın bilime daha dayalı, fanteziye daha az yer veren bu stilini seviyorum.

Bir de içindeki şu güzel pasajı aktarmak gerek, hem güzel olduğu için, hem de Clarke'ın bundan yaklaşık 25 yıl sonra yazdığı "İmparator Dünya"ya nasıl hazırlandığını görmek için:

"...Çok büyüktü
Jul 15, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Sands of Mars is an adorable short novel by Aruthur C. Clarke. The book chronicles the beginnings of Earth’s expansion into the solar system by following the adventure of an Earth novelist, Martin Gibson, as he travels to the developing colonial world of Mars. Clarke focuses his characters in a setting that is both hostile and awe-inspiring – that of the vast expanse of outer space and the red planet Mars, which has precious little atmosphere for humans to survive in. These two aspects provi ...more
Fate's Lady
Dec 12, 2015 Fate's Lady rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
While the science of this novel has proven to be more speculation than fact with the passage of time, it still has an interesting core as a story of Mars growing from a colonial outpost of humanity into a civilization of its own. Unfortunately, the interesting parts of the novel were background to the incredibly egotistical main character with plenty of attention left over for his young friend (view spoiler) and the meet-cute romance he develops.
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

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