The Sands of Mars
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Sands of Mars is an example of an author not only stretching his imagination into a novel-length statement for t...more
I'm afraid I remembered next to nothing abo ...more
(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 ...more
And that's sort of the tone of the entire book: it just meanders and never really goes anywhere. No real p ...more
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.
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 ...more
That said, from a modern perspective, 'The Sands of Mars' has aged amusingly. It's to Clarke's credit that despite this approach ...more
Clarke wrote this story in the 1940s, and it was based on the best scientific understanding of the time. His p ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
>I thought Northanger Abbey was the final book.<
>Written first. Published last.<
>That makes much more sense. 'Cause it's a novel
You know? You see Austen as the young writer,
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more