In many o...more
The narrative takes place on the Moon, in a not terribly far future where humanity has spread...more
If you can stomach that OK, then this is quite readable, and it is obvious that Clarke has really thought through the scientific implications of the situation, within the bounds of known science at that time.
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
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
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
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.
I really enjoyed this book - it's a fast read, and the science is very realistic. Clarke did a fine job with the characters, and wrapped up the story neatly at the end.
One of Clarke's best works from the early years. Recommended!
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If ancient man was a "tool-making animal", then modern man could probably be called a "paper-wasting animal".
A lecture on the ability to go without breathing for long periods by completely oxegenating your system and then breathing out to empty. (Requires 100% oxygen atmosphere for best results.)
I can't rate it lower, because this is not a book of poor quality. But I can't rate higher either, because most of the time I just didn't care about it and just wanted to finish it already.
Clarke provides wonderful details of the lunar landscape and sky, in a very hard-scifi fashion that is probably one of the better parts of the book. While the science is obviously dated, it doesn't get in the way of the story. And while I don't share his optimism regarding humanity when faced with war, it is somewhat refreshing.
Read as the October novel in my Arthur C Clarke 2013 Reading Challenge.
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A solid entry from Clarke.
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co...more