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The Space Trilogy

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Islands in the Sky, first published in 1954, sees Roy Malcolm win a trip to the Inner Station, a space station rotating 500 miles from Earth. The Sands of Mars, set in the 21st century, has a group of pioneers struggling to change the face of this inhospitable planet. Earthlight is set in a human colony on the moon. This omnibus edition of Arthur C. Clarke's early novels s ...more
Paperback, 506 pages
Published May 2001 by Gollancz
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Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This volume collects three short novels by Arthur C. Clarke under a general 'colonising the solar system' theme.

The first, Islands in the Sky (4*), is one that I remember reading as a teenager and being disappointed by. Upon re-reading, however, I really enjoyed it. Part of the problem that I had with this book first time round was the cover blurb, which made it sound awfully exciting. And, with the best will in the world, it isn't. A teenager wins a TV gameshow trip to anywhere in the world, an
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Nicholas Whyte
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it

Islands in the Sky

good wholesome stuff, with boys becoming men in space: our protagonist gets to stay in the big low-orbit space station, where the entire crew appear to be English and male, and experience a few other adventures but also learn some important lessons about life and about engineering (though nothing much about other matters, the only women in space being an actor making a movie in orbit and the members of a friendly family of Mars colonist
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I bought this omnibus quite cheap, for about 10 EUR. Of course, it was during a sales period. As I was looking for something by Arthur C. Clarke, I picked this one and The City and the Stars. And as the stories in this 'The Space Trilogy' omnibus are each quite short, I decided to read them before tackling his other classic, also while trying to take into account that these stories were written at least 60 years ago.

'Islands in the Sky' was mediocre. A young guy wins a tv-quiz, gets to travel in
Tazio Bettin
Mar 03, 2014 rated it did not like it

Islands in the Sky - ah, the untruthful blurbs. Sixteen-year-old roy Malcolm wins "a trip to the Inner Station orbiting Earth, butundreamed-of danger and excitement turn his greatest ambition into a nightmare".
Nightmare? What nightmare? The whole story aims to show how life might function in an orbiting station, which it achieves while failing at being a story. Dull, from start to end. Barely anything happens, it's just description after description of space life routine. There are a few short m
Frederi Mandin
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Lots of good ideas, but I'm not really taken by the characters or the stories.
It doesn't seem to find its own genre : not realy Space Opera, not very hard science, just plain science fiction.
In the end I don't think I should have read the whole trilogy, just the separate books, at separate times.
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
If I could give this 2.5 I would, but this one gets rounded down. The third story, "Earthlight", is pretty solid, but the first two are more science and engineering daydreams than narratives.
Rob Wiltsher
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I'll let you know when I have read it...
Alex Andersen
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Interesting to see what sci-fi was like 60 years ago and some of it stays remarkably fresh even after all this time.
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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
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