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A Fall of Moondust

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,668 ratings  ·  293 reviews
For a million years the bubble had been growing, like a vast abscess, below the root of the mountains. Now the abscess was about to burst. Captain Harris had left the controls on autopilot and was talking to the front row of passengers as the first tremor shook the boat. For a fraction of a second he wondered if a fan blade had hit some submerged obstacle; then, quite lite ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 14th 2002 by Gollancz (first published September 1st 1961)
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Henry Avila
Jan 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Earth's Moon, in the mid 21st Century, this frontier land is slowly growing , the future is in its tranquil cities under 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," has been built, if successful others will follow you would think . In charge of Selene ...more
Manuel Antão
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1987
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Swallowed by the Sea of Thirst: "A Fall of Moondust" by Arthur C. Clarke

“He was a boy again, playing in the hot sand of a forgotten summer. He had found a tiny pit, perfectly smooth and symmetrical, and there was something lurking in its depths—something completely buried except for its waiting jaws. The boy had watched, wondering, already conscious of the fact that this was the stage for some microscopic drama. He had seen an ant, min
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
Oh this was sooo close to 5 stars. It must be, oh gosh, almost 40 years since I read this, and boy did I enjoy it. Arthur C is a magnificent storyteller and an excellent character builder.
This book builds and builds and just when you think (view spoiler)
It is an excellent book, and given that I have always enjoyed Arthur C , I have to wonder why I have not read more (often). I have probably
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
Ivan Lutz
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kada bih proljevao ego kao neki onda bih mogao napisati da je Clarkea pojelo vrijeme i da je ovo jako staro i ne uzbudljivo :) No, Clarke je pitak, moćan, izuzetno znanstven i skočan. Uživanje je čitati starog majstora. Više puta sam si postavio pitanj: "Kako li je samo bilo ljubiteljima fantastike davne 61. godine kada je knjiga napisana?" Kako su samo oni uživali u ovim bravurijama boga znanstvene fantastike.

Bi sam na Sferakonu gdje je jedan hrvatski SF pisac govorio kako je prerastao Clarkea
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Before there was The Martian (and indeed, before Apollo 13), there was A Fall of Moondust. I don’t know if the one influenced the other, but the feel is very much the same: people are stranded in a situation in space in which there are problems of communication, air, sanity, etc. (The exact same situations don’t come up, but the same basic problems apply, as of course they would.) I’m not sure how feasible the science of the Sea of Thirst is, but Clarke makes it work within the story, and as far ...more
Ben Loory
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
really wonderful set-up then bogs down into a bunch of people with slide rules digging a hole
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok, have to own up to not having finished this. I couldn't.

It was as dry as the dust which lends it's name to the book. I just couldn't get enthusiastic about it at all.

Sorry Arte!
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
One of the first novels by Arthur C Clarke that I read as a kid. Part hard science fiction, part suspenseful thriller, it was a good story then and now.

This is a book about saving the lives of people on the moon. It is along the same lines as The Martian, using science and clever ideas to overcome setbacks. Instead of one person trapped, it is a group of 20, and Clarke has fun with their group dynamic. He also uses them as a vehicle to discuss the cult of UFO watchers. Other characters are also
Emiliya Bozhilova
Все едно гледах от онези филми от 60-те, където една неочаквана ситуация събира куп почтени и безобидни на пръв поглед герои. И после всеки един от тях се разкрива в дълбочина, и нищо не е такова, каквото изглежда.

Дълбочината е ключова за романа, защото героите буквално потъват под лунните пясъци по време на редовна туристическа обиколка. И ето я драмата между все още херметизираните стени, с малка надежда за спасение. Екипаж, пътници и космическият център на Земята влизат в битката на живота си
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the very first sci-fi books I read, after "Red Planet" and other stories by Robert Heinlein.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ovo je remek djelo napetosti.Nije bitno što su neki aspekti romana(poput mora prašine ) danas čisti fantasy.Clarkeov roman treba čitati u kontekstu vremena u kojem je napisan.Pet plus.
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
This book was such a great read for me. I picked it up and felt I was immediately thrust into this lunar environment. The action was paced sublimely. Although the science of a "sea of sand" was not correct, it was easy to suspend belief for this extremely well written story.
Ondřej Puczok
Poprvé přečteno přibližně před 10 lety a od té doby jsem knihu bral jako klasiku svého žánru. Druhé přečtení (konkrétně poslech amatérského zpracování - přesto potěšilo) ale už tolik nadšení nezanechává. Je to pravda originální nápad, ale polovina knihy bohužel neřeší samotnou "situaci", ale motá se v tématech konspiračních teorií, vztazích posádky a cestujících nebo se snaží glosovat (pop)kulturu a média. No osobně mě (profesně) zaujal "historicky první" živý rozhovor na vzdálenost pěti kilomet ...more
Kat  Hooper
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-enjoy-again
I need to read this again. (I remember enjoying it very much, but a new read might reveal a new star rating.)

I was reminded of it because I was thinking about examples of what I call "No Enemy" books. Books where's there's no bad guys, human or alien, but rather the challenge is against an inhospitable planet or a virus or something. Like The Martian

Please tell me of any further examples you know of!
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Αν σκέφτεσαι να διαβάσεις αυτό το βιβλίο για κάτι χαλαρό απλά ξανασκέψου το...
Δεν έχει σημασία αν έχεις προσωπική ζωή, αν έχεις πράγματα να κάνεις ή αν θες να κοιμηθείς το βράδυ, δεν θα σε αφήσει.
Από τα καλύτερα SyFy που έχω διαβάσει, δεν σε αφήνει να ηρεμήσεις ούτε κεφάλαιο, είναι για την εποχή που γράφτηκε, τεχνικά τέλειο και το μόνο κακό είναι οτι τελειώνει εντυπωσιακά γρήγορα.
Όχι οτι περιμένεις όμως τίποτα λιγότερο από τον Clarke.
mark monday
Jun 09, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Helena Hyndrikx
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
With the centenary of Sir Arthur’s birth being on 16th December 2017, I thought that it was an appropriate time (not that I needed much persuading!) to reread some of Sir Arthur’s lesser known (and perhaps better-known!) work.

Sir Arthur’s work has been comfort reading for me for a long while. Earlier this year I read Earthlight, which I was pleasantly surprised by (though Sir Arthur allegedly claimed later in his life that he was embarrassed by it) and resurrected a review from 2015 of The Ghost
دانیال بهزادی
کل داستان در مورد دفن و نجات یک اتوبوس گردشگری روی ماهه. یه اتّفاق ساده که فقط باید کلارک باشی تا بتونی ازش چنین داستان هیجانانگیزی روایت کنی که نفسها رو توی سینهها حبس کنه. ...more
Adam Smith
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The sea of Thirst. Countless eons have gone into the creation of a sea unlike anything mankind has encountered before. A sea of dust. On the moon. People travel from all across the inhabited systems to board the Selene and travel across that endless sea of lifeless grey dust, but something is stirring beneath the dust. Something that just might cost the lives of all those aboard the Selene.

Science marches on. Back when this was written there was a real concern that the surface of the moon might
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
Sacha Valero
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, fiction, sci-fi
“The best book Arthur C. Clarke has written,” John Wyndham.

No. It isn't. Rendezvous With Rama was the best book Arthur C. Clarke wrote. Not only was RWR the best book Clarke wrote, it is one of the greatest Sci-fi books of all time. Period.

Granted, Rendezvous was published in 1973 and A Fall of Moondust in 1961 and John Wyndham died in 1969 never having the opportunity to read Rendezvous With Rama. Still, A Fall of Moondust is fecal matter splashed on paper.

This book was wretched and boring. It
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It's been such a pleasure to read (well, listen to) these authors that represent standards of Science Fiction. I really enjoy Clarke. Can't wait to really dig into Asimov. I never read this stuff as a kid, but it's a joy to experience now.

Also, I particularly enjoy stories in which there's no villain and this is one of them. I kept thinking of The Martian. I have to wonder if Andy Weir consulted this book periodically when writing The Martian.
Gia Jgarkava
არი რა... უფრო survival movie-ია, ვიდრე sci-fi, თან ისეთი, სტერეოტიპულ-კლიშეებიანი - ბოლო წამებში ხო ხდება ყველაფერი და იმედი რო ჩნდება, მაგრამ მერე რო ქრება და და მერე რო სხვა იმედი ჩნდება და მერე კიდე... მოკლედ :)
Mean Mr. Mustard
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I read this book as a teenager, reading it again was like meeting an old friend. Still good after all these years.
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Arthur Charles 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
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