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Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 1989 by Odeon (first published 1961)
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Henry Avila
The Earth's Moon, in the mid 21st Century, this frontier land is slowly growing , the future , its tranquil cities , under the lunar domes ( Clavius City, population 52,647!) . Tourism is a key to financial survival, on this remote, hostile world. Selene (Moon Goddess), a hovercraft, designed to float over the lunar surface, especially on the treacherous , Sea of Thirst, above the moondust. Only one of these "boats," have been built, if successful others will follow , you think ? In charge of Se...more
As satisfying as a good HARD SF can be, one complaint often leveled against them is that they are TOO LONG-winded and pageTHICK and that those employing IT don't have the proper skills (story-making, that is) to create the narrative friction and plot rhythm requisite to bring the reading experience to a truly enjoyable climax. Well, at under 225 pages, this story's tight, well-honed body is a classic example of "hard" science fiction doing it right. I DID IT, liked it and I would DO IT again and...more
How serendipitous that I should blog about A Fall of Moondust the morning after the lunar eclipse. In fact, the eclipse was way more impressive. This was the least liked book of Clarke's I've read so far. The plot kept me reading. As usual, the author delves into some philosophical questions about mankind. But the device of a cruiser traveling across the Sea of Thirst on the moon only to become buried in the dust by a moon quake was too much like other such movies/novels: meet the characters, d...more
mark monday
Sep 23, 2013 mark monday marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jared Millet
Finally Got Around To...

Back in the 80s when I was swimming through Asimov, Herbert, and Clarke, I distinctly remember picking A Fall of Moondust off my high school library's shelf and reading the first page, then putting it back to save for later.

A Fall of Moondust might be the closest thing to a suspense thriller Arthur Clarke ever wrote. Due to a freak moonquake, the tourist bus/spacecraft Selene gets buried 15 meters below one of the lunar "seas" in a region of dust with bizarre, liquid-like...more
No book exists in a vacuum. By that I mean you can't come to a book or story without the history of your own reading or viewing experiences across the same or other genres and in other mediums.

For example, my own love and fascination with "Doctor Who." During the second Doctor's era, there were a lot of stories that fell into the category of base under siege. Basically, you had an external threat menacing an isolated group of human beings. It's a fairly simple premise but one that the series wor...more
Alexander Arsov
Arthur C. Clarke

A Fall of Moondust

Gollancz, Paperback, 1995.

12mo. 224 pp. Victor Gollancz Science Fiction (VGSF). Preface to the 1987 edition by Arhur Clarke, August 1986 [pp. 5-7].

First published, 1961.
First published by VGSF, 1995.
Second impression, July 1995.


A Fall of Moondust is in many ways a very unusual novel for Arthur Clarke. Even on the most mundane level, it was written without contract or publisher, and in the relatively short time between A...more
Arthur C. Clarke is one of those authors of whom I'm never quite sure how fond I am. I hear his name and think “Gee willikers, I love Arthur C. Clarke!” And then I think back over the books I've read by him and I'm not so sure. Before today I'd read a total of thirteen books written or co-written by him, and had given him a rather underwhelming average score of 2.4 out of 5. If one ignores the ones he co-authored (and their style in each case suggests that his co-author did most of the writing)...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Pat Harris is the captain of Selene, the only tour bus on the moon. Every day he and his stewardess, Sue Wilkins, take passengers on a trip across the moon's Sea of Thirst. This crater filled with moondust seems similar to a lake on Earth, and Selene, like a motorboat, smoothly skims across its surface. By the light of Mother Earth, Selene's passengers are entertained by glorious views of the moon's topography, including the impressive Mountains of Inacces...more
Somethings just don't age and a truly well written, science based novel is one of them. Re-read this book after what must be forty years and it was still good. OK some of the attitudes were a little off particularly around the role of women, bit these are just historical anomalies and don't really distract from a cracking good story.

Interestingly this book was first published in 1964 well before the moon landings. At one point in the narrative Clarke mentions the fact that from the surface of th...more
This is a story of a disaster and it's ensuing rescue attempt set on the moon. Clarke is a stickler for details and he seems to take great pains to get the science right and explore the implications. In particular, the phenomenon of dust seas on the moon. I have no idea of whether they are a genuine feature of the moon or not as this was written well before Man landed on it but he makes you believe in it the way he writes about them.

It is a tense and exciting read that maintains the tension all...more
I don't often read science fiction, I'm more into the fantasy genre, but I liked this book. It was a good read. The passengers and crew of the tourist cruise ship, 'Selene,' are buried underneath moondust on the moon with limited resources. The story was supposed to be 'futuristic,' set in the 21st century, which is now, so it seemed a bit out-dated. That aside, the story was interesting, suspenseful, and short enough for me to be able to stick with it so I would recommend it to others. My only...more
Varun Singla
This is the first work of Arthur C. Clarke that I have read and it has made me interested in reading his other more acclaimed works as well (e.g. 2001 A Space Odyssey).

Before stating my opinions about the novel I would like to inform the readers of 2 likely sources of bias in them:

(1) After reading the novel's preface I got quite interested in learning about NASA's Apollo missions. I came across their publication: 'Apollo Expeditions to the Moon' and its first couple of chapters proved extremel...more
Joe Santoro
Plot: Captain Pat Harris has an easy job, driving the tourist liner Selene over a sea of dust on the moon. When a one in a millenium event causes the boat to sink, it's a race against time to save him and the 22 passengers on board.

The story has 3 separate lines, one the people on Selene , one the engineers trying to save them, and a third a reporter trying to anticipate the story. It's a little less 'hard' science than most Clarke stuff, but the portrayal of a group in a small place is very int...more
I've been picking up the SF Masterworks series books one by one from the local library and loving the range of them. Picked this one up as it was a thin tomb and I was looking for a quick read. I found it instantly gripping, even if the futuristic setting was now somewhat dated. A mooncraft gets buried in a sea of dust on the moons surface. Can they rescue its passengers before they run out of air. A gripping read that sent me looking for more Arthur C Clarke!
Christopher Shay
As pure science fiction goes, Moondust was pretty solid. Clarke came up with an interesting disaster, the likes of which space exploration might eventually invite. And he came up with some interesting, creative ideas that might really have saved the imperiled protagonists. He wrote up the adventure well; with clarity and humor. But a sweeping space opera, Moondust is not. Nor does this particular story touch on deeper subjects like the human condition and the alterations technology will impose u...more
Ira Therebel
First published in 1961 this classic of sci fi tells the story of a tourist ship bringing people from Earth to see the moon and then during the earthquake sinks in the sea of dust. The story tells about the rescue team working on getting them out and the people on the ship trying to survive.

A very typical Man vs. Nature story of which we have a lot taking place on Earth, but it is taken into the space and made even more exciting. It is great how the author doesn't go over the top, but presents r...more
Julie Davis
Before The Martian by Andy Weir, there was A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke.

I hadn't come across this until Scott mentioned it a while back on A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast. It seemed serendipitous when I received it as a birthday gift from my mother who recently has been rereading her way through the Clarke canon. And I see that Kindle lets Prime subscribers borrow his books free ... it looks like everything he wrote.

The Sea of Thirst is filled with moondust that is so fine it flo...more
John Godier
A nice diversion and a quick read. Clarke takes us to the moon and wonders what might happen if future technology fails. He does it well, and in his usual entertaining manner. Unlike many of his other novels, he digs further into character development and personal conflict rather than his usual deep concept fiction.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Well, it's outdated now, since we've been to the moon and know that the surface isn't covered with tens of feet of dust. Still, I enjoyed the story when I was a teen, and found it quite suspenseful-- a disaster on the moon!
Nelio Gomes
In honor of the 45th anniversary of the manned lunar landing, I present A Fall of Moondust, a nice hard SF/pulp adventure - Quake as the lunar dust cruiser Selene is trapped with all hands under tons of moon dust! Thrill to the desperate attempts to find and rescue them! Feel the pressure faced by all sides as they race to broadcast to the solar system the biggest rescue attempt in interplanetary history! At this stage, perhaps the idea of women as equals was too radical for even the mind of one...more
Paul Brown
This book was written in 1961 and it shows its age. I can overlook the setting and the science as this was written before the first moon landing. It showed it's age in that the characters were so two dimensional. Books today have so much more character development. Also the women in the book were only there to serve coffee or to faint. Times have changed and it's a bit jarring to read a book where the attitudes of the day were so different.
I might have liked this book more if I had read it back...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
I'm probably unique in this, but to be honest this is my favorite novel by Clarke, despite it being very atypical for him. Arthur C. Clarke was my mother's favorite author. She loved the transcendental in him, the religious flavor in his futuristic science fiction. She loved to tell the story of how she took me to see 2001: A Space Odyssey in theaters when I was a toddler and ruined it for her by squalling during the psychedelic scenes--it's actually one of my oldest and most traumatic memories....more
...Those minor quibbles don't take anything away from the fact that A Fall of Moondust is a very entertaining read. I guess you need a bit of a taste for hard science fiction to really enjoy this novel, but it is not a technical or on such a grand scale as some of Clarke's other works. Some readers may even feel it lacks the scope of some his other novels, Rendezvous with Rama (1972) comes to mind, or the sheer scale of some of the other engineering projects he describes, for instance in The Fo...more
A Fall of Moondust is sci-fi disaster story that begins by placing a group of people in an impossible situation and follows along as they attempt to survive while awaiting rescue. It is a lot like the popular Discovery Channel show "I Shouldn't Be Alive" although much less dark. While mostly a research station, the Moon has been opened up to wealthy tourists. One of the local attractions is the "Sea of Thirst," a vast expanse of dessicated moon dust with particles so fine that, in a vaccuum, the...more
The tourist moon cruiser Selene goes for a trip on the surface of Moon. Suddenly it loses control and drowns into the Sea of Thirst as the result of moonquake. The ship became trapped in the sea of entire dust. There is no water on Moon but only thick dust which formed that sea.

All the passengers are in panic but not for long for they found something to amuse themselves. They have enough Oxygen to keep them alive for several days in which they do hope the rescue would arrive. Sans card games and...more
I first read this novel many years ago, shortly after it was first published in 1960 (probably after it was published in paperback). I remember loving the book but had forgotten most of the details. After the moon landings, I remember thinking that Clarke's prediction of a sea of dust didn't come to pass. He addresses this issue in his 1987 preface to the book, explaining that many scientists were concerned about deep pockets of dust on the Moon prior to the landing and that the possibility of s...more
Kevin Rubin
It's fun reading hard science fiction novels from earlier times. This one is from 1960, before Yuri Gagarin's first flight into space, and long before his most famous novel, "2001: A Space Odyssey" and before Kennedy challenged America to put a man on the moon...

It's a standard disaster and rescue story. In this case a boat that's sunk beneath the surface of a sea of dust on the moon.

The plot is very linear, with only one problem being dealt with at a time and only one disaster at a time. Each t...more
Very well written in general. Like much SF of its era, though, it has many faults, most glaringly in how it deals with gender roles. (Its handling of race, while not great, is actually better than most of the time... in that it admits to the existence of race and racial tensions, and has a handful of non-European characters. This is a pretty low bar, but it's something.)

I think it was worth reading for a couple of points. It is classic hard SF, very well researched to the limits of knowledge at...more
Arthur C Clarke was a childhood hero - I first read "Islands in the Sky" when I was ten, and I've always loved his hard SF approach. Nothing that happens in a Clarke book couldn't happen. The science and engineering is always meticulously explained in ways that the non-engineer can understand.

"A fall of Moondust" is set in a future where there are several permanent cities on the Moon - and indeed people who have been born and lived their lives there.

When a freak geological (well, as I'm sure tha...more
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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.

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co...more
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