In many o ...more
The narrative takes place on the Moon, in a not terribly far future where humanity has spread ...more
First off I have to admit that I am surprised how well this book holds up for being more then 60 years old. The futuristic society does not feel like an outdated view on the matter. That has to be from the fact that the author envisioned things deemed insane at his time like moon explor ...more
A. C. Clarke not only has deep insights into human nature, and to what science can become, but also a natural and poetic way of writing. Such beautiful prose, such lovely ideas!
This book I've dubbed "Mystery and Intrigue ... In Space", and it follows in the grand tradition of "___ In Space" (see the Mars trilogy for an example of "Cowboys in Space"). None the less SciFi for also being sort of James Bond. A must-read for lovers of classic SF.
He was purposely sent to the observatory as an accountant to inspect a group of scientist on the Moon. Bertram was looking forward to attain on who was posting data to the hidden warship in outer space that can create a colossal conflict between the Earth, and its colonies.
Questo affascinante racconto scritto da uno dei migliori e più noti autori di fantascienza si svolge tutto sulla Luna, in un'epoca - tra due secoli - nella quale i viaggi spaziali avranno superato il primo stadio, e già l'uomo avrà fondato le sue colonie sui pianeti del Sistema Solare. Come ora fra le nazioni della Terra, così domani fra la Terra e la Federazione dei pianeti si verranno inevitabilmente a creare situazioni passibili di sfociare in un conflitto armato. Ombre sulla Luna ci narra a...more
A prescindere da alcune ovvie ingenuità tecniche, il libro risulta noioso, dallo svolgimento sconclusionato, con punti di vista che cambiano a caso e personaggi appena abbozzati, compreso il protagonista.
L'idea di base è buona e sicuramente, all'epoca della sua uscita, originale, ma è proprio il modo di scrivere di Clarke che è pessimo. Altri romanzi sono invecchiati sicuramente meglio.
Le riflessioni che si ...more
Did I love it? No, it's a solid work of science fiction. World-building is a strength. Creating tension and memorable characters, however, are not strong. I didn't hate the protagonist, Sandler Bertram, but I don't find him compelling. Do I hate it? No. Again the world building prose made me think on how I could do i ...more
Oh, and the dust falling with ...more
Πρόκειται για το σχετικά γνωστό Earthlight, που κυκλοφόρησε και ως Γαιοφώς από τις εκδόσεις Κάκτος. Και δεν ξέρω πως θα σας φανεί, αλλά είναι μόλις το δεύτερο βιβλίο του Άρθουρ Κλαρκ που διαβάζω. Το 2009 ήταν που είχα διαβάσει τους Επικυρίαρχους και από τότε δεν έτυχε να διαβάσω ούτε μια αράδα του! Όμως σιγά-σιγά θα επανορθώσω. Ποιος βιάζετε άλλωστε;
Η ιστορία έχει να κάνει με μια διαμάχη ανάμεσα στη Γη και την Ομοσπονδία των Πλανητών, το κέντρο της οπο ...more
I think I first read this book about thirty years ago. It didn't make much of an impression on me then--about all I remembered was one of the spec ...more
I also remember the ending, a space rescue mission, being quite exciting, especially compared to the rest of the story, and ...more
Me gustó mucho Bertram es una persona común y corriente enfrentada a una situación difícil: defender a la Tierra sin poder decir ni hacer mucho de manera obvia, no puede contarle ni siquiera a su esposa de qué se trata realmente su misión y debe obtener información haciendo preguntas que no sean tan evidentes.
The wrong predictions are interesting in their own right (plant life on the moon (!), still using paper print-outs from computers) but for 1955 its pretty impressive as expected from Clarke.
Written well before the Apollo moon landings, everyone then assumed that we'd have lunar colonies by now. We haven't, so A. C. Clarke's idea of a moon base is just as valid now as it was then. It's the lack of computers and digital photography that shows it's fifties origins.
It's a story that could be easily be updated. Without alien monsters, zombies or a group of pe ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more