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This story takes place about 100 years in the future, when the earth's population is fed principally from the sea--on whale products or from plankton farms. Its hero is Walter Franklin, a grounded space engineer now assigned to a submarine patrol tending the whale herds.
DEEP RANGE vibrates with exciting adventures of the mysterious sea: a fight with a giant squid at 12,0
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Gollancz (Orio) (first published June 1957)
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Michael Fierce
Sep 21, 2013 Michael Fierce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of early sci-fi, cryptid adventures, and lovers of ocean-related fiction

Written in 1957, The Deep Range, is based on the Arthur C. Clarke 1954 short story of the same name, published in the April edition of Argosy magazine, seen here:


The short story version was later published again in Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3, edited by
Frederik Pohl, seen here:


& again in an Arthur C. Clarke short story collection, Tales from Planet Earth, seen here:


This isn't what most have come to expect from an Arthur C. Clarke science-fiction saga. It feels more like Robert A. Hei
A different book than Clarke's other space-oriented books. Good message passed. Speaks about man's idea of animal slaughter as used in the future for whale breeding and their meat. Displays parallels as against the same thing that has been happening in our present world. Expresses hope of how mankind can very well be able to get beyond the idea of animal torture, in its unnecessary killing of other creatures.

I loved the idea of the novel, which is actually an expanded form of the short story by
May 06, 2009 Petr rated it really liked it
It is very sad that the Ocean (which by words of some number guys takes up 72% of Earth surface) receives so little in the department of sci-fi literature. Yes, many stories includes Ocean as a background or even "ground", many uses it as a scenery, some even try to make it alien life from. But how many takes Ocean as a system "environment<=>human"? I'm not talking about scientific papers or longwinded dreams of "what if?", I'm talking about stories where author actually explores situation ...more
Добрую половину романа я была очарована погружением в подводный мир и историей адаптации бывшего астронавта. Жизненная катастрофа Франклина стучала молоточками внутри черепной коробки и в какой-то момент почти прослезила. Насколько непросто охватить такую далекую и едва понятную боль о потерянном и ныне недоступном – но я растворилась в тихом надрыве одного человека, всей душой радея за его перерождение в новом качестве. От космоса тут только упоминание о полетах и Марсе, что меня даже не смутил ...more
Jan 17, 2015 Daniorte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cogí el libro sabiendo que es uno de los libros de Clarke que muchos consideran "Obra menor" pero ha resultado ser un gustazo de leer.

Haciendo uso de un personaje atormentado con un trauma, que denomina Astrofobía, Clarke nos relata la rehabilitación de este y para ello nos sumerge en el mar. Por una vez la ciencia ficción de Clarke no nos lleva al espacio y se permite imaginar como será el aprovechamiento de los recursos marítimos dentro de unos 100 años. Granjas de placton, rebaños de ballenas
Jan 20, 2016 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator's voice was a little too high for me, but that wasn't my main problem with the book. It was too much a product of the 1950s in which it was written. Although it was a short book, it felt long because nothing really happened. The first 9 chapters were spent revealing the protagonist's secret past and describing the setting and equipment. Parts of it fit perfectly into 1950s sensibilities, but seemed sexist today. Other than being set in t ...more
Erik Graff
Jan 19, 2011 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: clarke and sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Adding covers to GoodReads is particularly interesting when one comes up with one for a book read long ago. This one brings back memories.

I was fourteen, finishing up eighth grade at Lincoln Junior H.S. in Park Ridge when an infection arose under my left eyeball, causing a high fever and swelling that side of my face to such proportions that when my grandmother came to check in on me while Mother was at work, I saw her face react with horror before she regained her composure.

During that period o
Oct 18, 2010 Andrew rated it it was ok
I read almost all of the Arthur C Clarke books as a teenager and really loved them. Re-reading this book after all those years makes you realise how the world and yourself has changed. This book is science fiction, but it has really dated - hardly any of it is prophetic, in fact, quite the opposite. It was written in the late 1950's and is set at around 2020, however, it has 1950's values. Basically, it's about commercial whale farming - a concept that would be totally abhorrent today - along wi ...more
Jul 31, 2009 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deep Range is an important Arthur C. Clarke novel because it is devoted to the ocean, as was Clarke all throughout his life. It’s been quite awhile since I read this one, but I remember really enjoying it. Again, the setting played a big part in my enjoyment. The vast oceans of Earth merit the same type of exploration we give the solar system.

As with other books, Clarke takes a stab at philosophy, leaving much to muse upon. Is killing a bug minding its own business amoral? If all other Eart
Clare Farrelly
I listened to the audio version of this and enjoyed it. It was mostly about a guy going through life and overcoming his psychological problems, which was interesting, as was the futuristic world. Though of course now that we are much closer to that time it predicted, some parts seem rather ridiculous. For example important people were discussing whether or not to install air conditioning in all public places but at the same time there is a second generation of people living on Mars. Most of the ...more
Joseph Bevitt
Jul 31, 2014 Joseph Bevitt rated it really liked it
Arthur C Clarke’s book The Deep Range, written in 1957, is based around the character of Walter Franklin, a Warden of the Deeps and essentially a high-tech whaling operations manager.

In the near future, humans have applied nuclear technology as a means of forcing up millions of tonnes of unutilised nutrients from the sea beds, essentially turning the nutrient-deficient tropical ocean environments into plankton-rich pastures for the grazing of fattened whales. Meat production by this method has b
Jul 16, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This oldie of Clarke's dates back to 1957. I really enjoyed it. I decided to read it when I looked at the credits page and it said, among many other things: "All the characters in this story are fictitious except the giant grouper in Chapter Three." The author's note sets the story 75 years from today (1957 + 75 = 2032) although the cover says "a thrilling novel of life under the sea one hundred years from now." So I think we can take this as a 25 year story arc. Perhaps not quite that long as w ...more
Caroline Eising
This is a blast from the past - a re-read of a book from my university 2nd-hand book store trawls. I read it so long ago that could not remember any of it so this is as good as a first reading.

The book examines what might happen when humans gain the technology to farm the seas in the way they farm the land, interspersed with various adventures with the dangers of the deep seas. The technology is sometimes outlandish but interesting, and even though Arthur C Clarke made great predictions about th
Tay Mueller
Jan 18, 2015 Tay Mueller rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
It's really hard to give this book a fair rating- I remember liking it in the 60's, but let's say it hasn't aged well.

I remember being excited at the thought of future marine jobs. If I had read a little closer, I would have realized that as a girl, I wasn't going to get one. I could have babies instead.

Also, the whale farming is really unsettling to read about now, though the conclusion of that story line was better than I remembered.

There is very little story to this story, but since I like me
May 25, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
This and a fall of moon dust were my early introductions to Arthur c Clarke and his work and along with Rendezvous with Rama help from my love of science fiction. This book focuses on the last great uncharted frontier the oceans and for me reflects Clarke's faith that mankind can over come any challenge if we work together don't give up. I will admit I am not claustrophobic but I think it takes a special kind of person to do go down in a submarine and I feel this book gives an insight in to the ...more
Ali Nazifpour
May 07, 2013 Ali Nazifpour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An obscure and underrated masterpiece in Arthur C. Clarke's canon. The book deals realistically with the life of a man in the future, his psychological fears, regrets and grieving, and his chance to find a new life.
Nathan Miller
Usually a huge fan of A.C Clarke but this was a slow read with one too many tangents. Shame as It started off with a nice sense of mystery.
Jul 30, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it
Very good book, highly entertaining.
Feb 21, 2010 Raj rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
After a tragedy in space, Walter Franklin finds salvation in the depths of the ocean, becoming a warden of the whales, shepherding them as they grow until they are taken to the slaughter to provide food and other resources for the world.

This wasn't one of Clarke's better efforts, I'm afraid. I found the pace somewhat stilted and the style unengaging (although Clarke was a keen diver himself, he doesn't seem to have got his sense of wonder into this one). The book feels incredibly optimistic abou
Dec 29, 2012 Dmitry rated it it was ok
As a literary work, this book is pretty mediocre - the plot is barely defined and there seems to be nothing that the story is trying to achieve. However, the author's thoughts and observations on how incremental changes can accumulate to result in a course reversal for the entire human race are fascinating and well worth exploring. Sir Arthur C. Clarke plays out the issue of converting the food supply chain on the Earth to vegetarian diet through a crafty use of media and public opinion manipula ...more
Paul Hancock
Dec 03, 2013 Paul Hancock rated it it was ok
This book tells the story of a man who is forced to change careers after a terrible accident in space. The story is told in three parts and i enjoyed them each very differently.

The first part is the story of franklin being trained as a warden for the whales department. In this world whales are farmed for their meat and other products and the wardens act like cattle wranglers or cowboys. I liked the ideas that Clarke explores here as well as the ,mystery that is built towards the end of this sec
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
The ocean is in its way just as forbidding, dangerous and fascinating an environment for exploration as space. It's surprising to me really how few science fiction works use it as a setting. Other than Frank Herbert's Under Pressure (aka The Dragon in the Sea) I can only think of Clarke's young adult novel Dolphin Island and this one, The Deep Range. As it so happens I think this is one of Clarke's most entertaining books, even if not one of his better known. Set in the Pacific Ocean--or rather ...more
Dale Lehman
I hadn't heard of this book before running into it in a used book store, but Clarke is always a good read, so I picked it up. It's worth reading, but it's definitely not the best thing he ever wrote. This is one of those stories that follows the life story of one character, and as such it doesn't have a focused plot. The science and technology is of course quite dated, although that doesn't really matter too much; it can even be kind of fun to compare the socio-technological background of the st ...more
Ondřej Puczok
Kdysi jsem hrával na mobilním telefonu hru Deep, kde člověk s ponorkou loví podmořské živočichy a přesunuje se mezi podvodními stanicemi. Zároveň vzpomínám v dobrém na dávný seriál SeaQuest. I když tak kniha Hluboké pastviny není klasické Clarkovo scifi, na které jsme zvyklí, četl jsem ji s nadšením. Clarkovy nápady jsou jako vždy skvělé, do toho podmořský život, pěstování planktonu, zajímavý utopický celoplanetární systém a mnoho dalšího...
Anne Ruff
Oct 03, 2014 Anne Ruff rated it really liked it
Much more interesting than I expected. I had thought I would skim through to read about whales, but found myself engrossed in the story. The underwater portions are fantastic, the land-based love story is a bit outdated and cliched. But this spurred me on to further research about the giant and colossal squids. Fascinating.
Oct 27, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Arthur C Clarke fans, Sci Fi lovers

This captivating story comes from Clarke's other life as a deep sea explorer. Though it is set in the future, when much of Earth's food supply comes from algae and farmed whales, it also falls in the category of extreme adventure.

Don Burley is a whale shepherd, keeping the herds safe from predators. He gets unwillingly pulled off that job and asked to train the mysterious Walt Franklin, a former spacer with some undisclosed past incident that left him subject to panic attacks. The men eventual
Feb 01, 2015 Derbigman rated it liked it
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Apr 19, 2011 Andreas rated it did not like it
In the future (as seen from 1957), submersible game wardens herd whales around underwater ranges. The whales are food animals which, along with equally farmed seaweed, have solved the world’s food supply problems. The story is about an ex-engineer on a spaceliner who suffered an accident and gets a new start as a warden.

This book has aged quite badly. While much of Clarke’s space based science fiction can be read with enjoyment today, this one is just plain tedious. So tedious, in fact, that I o
David Wimer
This 1957 novel is broken up into three parts. The first two parts are very interesting and engaging, but the third section is incredibly dull and disappointing. A shame. The final segment of the book is about the main character doing a bunch of administrative and bureaucratic activities - why would anyone want to read about that? I get enough of that stuff through my job thank you very much.
Jul 31, 2015 Andy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dated, but interesting ocean based sci-fi where the massive world population is fed by farming whales on an enormous scale. The status quo begins to change with the arrival of a Buddha like mystic... eAudiobook from library.
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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.

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