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The Space Race

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Vastrap. Our very own nuclear testing site, so far into the desert that the Russians and the Americans don’t even have a clue about it. You don’t mess with an Afrikaner, not if you don’t want to get a proper klap.

An unauthorised nuclear blast beyond belief at Vastrap Airbase outside Upington not only winds up the Americans, but also launches Africa’s first spacecraft. Pro
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Paperback, 1st, 208 pages
Published September 2013 by Umuzi
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Amanda Patterson
Oct 09, 2013 Amanda Patterson rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed District 9 and Elysium, you’ll love The Space Race. South Africa seems to be experiencing the birth of a type of science-fiction that has no name. At least not yet. Part science, part possibility, part parody, and mostly truth, this genre promises to take its audience on an entertaining ride.
2013. The world watches South Africa. An unauthorised nuclear blast has taken place at Vastrap, a secret nuclear-testing site in the desert. The world is stunned to learn that a spaceship carr
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Mar 06, 2016 Tiah added it

– To come to the decision to leave Earth for good is a lot like the decision to commit suicide. –

– If untruths become part of our language...then each person is left to decide for themselves the meaning of any sentence. And when language and meaning become subjective, society breaks down. The rule of law becomes a grey area. Commands become suggestions. And how do you keep anyone, including yourself, accountable for actions based on an ambiguous language? –

– "Have you ever seen something beauti
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Amanda
Alex Latimer is an illustrator, and in fact did the cover for this book (one way to ensure a cover the author is happy with). You can tell this from the lush descriptions and lyrical prose. The desert around Kimberly and Upington is, under his gaze, both beautiful and harsh. Characters are fully-fledged and thoughtfully drawn and the story is unusual enough (Africans in space!) to make up for the fairly simple (but not simplistic) plot. Definitely well worth a read, and would make a gorgeous ...more
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Dec 28, 2015 Arno rated it liked it
Shelves: africa
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others for its compelling plot and for capturing an interesting slice of intriguing, if partially imagined, white South African culture. However, there was a fair amount of notably unpolished prose and the potentially deep ideas the book addressed, mostly relating to how Afrikaners have grappled with losing power, are rendered rather moot by their fantastical nature. That said, it's a fun read good for vacations or beach days.
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Jan 05, 2014 Aubrey Paton rated it really liked it
Interesting South African Speculative Fiction set in the Northern province NOT Cape Town for A BLESSED change! The heat and dryness of Kimberley and regions north well portrayed as a group of bottom-drawers discover an Apartheid relic - South Africa's space programme.
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Feb 23, 2014 Gerhard Human rated it really liked it
A truly unique book with a South African flavor that sucks you right in. The story is gripping from the start to the end.
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Alex Latimer lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. The Boy Who Cried Ninja is his first book for children. He lives in South Africa.
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“If untruths become part of our language—untruths that in context are intended to be interpreted as polite expressions or figure of speech—then each person is left to decide for themselves the meaning of any sentence. And when language and meaning become subjective, society breaks down. The rule of law becomes a grey area. Commands become suggestions. And how do you keep anyone, including yourself, accountable for actions based on ambiguous language?” 2 likes
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