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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, 238 pages
Published November 10th 2005 by Gollancz (Orio) (first published June 1957)
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♍ichael Ƒierce
Sep 21, 2013 ♍ichael Ƒierce rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Erik Graff
Jan 19, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Joseph Bevitt
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
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
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
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
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.
Feb 21, 2010 Raj rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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)
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
Anne Ruff
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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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
An excellent written novel that unfortunately detailed several uninteresting chapters of a very quiet man life.
Flyss Williams
Very moving short story about an astronaut, no longer able to fly who finds a new lease of life as a warden of the ocean.
Dony Grayman
Edición española. Novela.
Colección Grandes Éxitos bolsillo.
Zantaeus Glom
Another gloriously engaging read by the inimitable, and always prescient Arthur C. Clarke. Fabulous!
Jim Razinha
Good, solid science-y fiction. The subject bothered me, but he resolved it well. Slight sexism, but he was decades ahead of his contemporary Heinlein. His take on the three major religions outside of Buddhism was interesting wishful thinking, and I wonder if the state of things in his later life was disappointing.

Great vision for 1957:
On a planet of instantaneous and universal communications, ideas spread from pole to pole more rapidly than they could once have done by word of mouth in a single
This book shows that you don't have to leave the planet to find mysterious and alien beings and creatures.The description of undersea terrain and labyrinths under the ocean are captivating and enthralling. Walter franklins life after the end of his career as an astronaut is used as a mesh to describe the mysteries of the deep sea.
This was originally written in 1957 and I enjoyed the futuristic elements in the plot....but that's about all I liked. Clarke introduces plotlines that are quickly resolved or abandoned and the whole book seems to really go nowhere. I was disappointed because I had read another of his novels and enjoyed it.
This story has some interesting ideas about the future (now) from a 1950s perspective. It is terrribly disjointed however, unable to find a clear direction. In broad terms I suppose it could be viewed as an overview of the life of a man unable to find satisfaction in anything he does.
Loved it! Read as the September novel of my Arthur C. Clarke 2013 Reading Challenge.

Joe Osborne
Re-reading this. This was better when I was young. Arthur c Clarke is usually pretty reliable but this is mildly interesting but not really worth the effort. Plot wise it's all over the place.
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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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