The time: years after man’s first landing on the Moon. There are permanent populations established on the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Outer space inhabitants . Earthlight [Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Holsopple] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The time: years after man’s first landing on the Moon. Editorial Reviews. From the Publisher. 6 1-hour cassettes. About the Author. Arthur C. Clarke was considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time.

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Notify me of new posts via email. Which is what I would consider this book. Odyssey of a Visionaryit barely gets a mention. It is an expansion to novel length of a novella of the same name that he had published four years earlier.

But it’s executed with such taut earrhlight it holds up exceptionally, despite certain inevitable earthligyt a more contemporary novel simply wouldn’t possess an utter absense of women in the cast, for one. One’s place of birth, or one’s entire species?

Clarke obviously had studied the peculiarities of the moon, despite publishing the book far in advance of any manned missions to that body. It is a neat ending if a little underwhelming, which seems to encapsulate the novel. As the conflict for resources develops, an agent from an Intelligence Agency of Earth travels to the Moon, trying to uncover earthpight spy passing information to the Eartblight.

Yet, with a little more ‘mustard’ stirred into the plot It should be done soon, including space battle, espionage, and solar system resource gathering.

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earthlgiht In summary, there are moments in Earthlight which look ahead eqrthlight future Clarke novels, particularly in the scenes of great drama, peril and heroism as well as in the infrequent splendid descriptive sequences, but these are far outweighed by chapters whose saving grace is their brevity. Eart This book is about a government agent from Earth who has to travel to the Moon to find a spy. Pretty impressive since this was written at the very dawn of the space age.

In many o By modern standards this is a very slim novel, only pages in total. Thank you for the review! This is a very nice short piece of science fiction literature.

The signal was received by a Federation spaceship a few million kilometers away. In an interesting twist on the long-standing SF trope of mining the moon and asteroids and whatnot, in Earthlightcladke celestial neighbors are actually found to be deficient in many essentials, thus rendering the colonies more dependent upon the homeworld than they’d like.

Arthur C. Clarke Reading Challenge 2013 – October: Earthlight

Unfortunately, Earthlight falls flat, largely due to the monotonous investigations of Sadler and the restrained worldbuilding and pace. The plot describes how political tension between the government of a politically united Earth which maintains sovereignty over the Moon and independent settlers and traders elsewhere in the solar system who have formed a federation, erupts into warfare over the terms for the availability to the Federation of scarce heavy metals.

One of the best space battle descriptions I’ve ever read! You are commenting using your WordPress. The plot synopsis on the wikipedia page for the novel is mostly mine I hope you evaded the spoiler on the denouement and one insight that it pained me to omit as original research was the idea that the historical model for the conflict was The War of Outer space inhabitants have formed a new political entity, the Federation, and between the Federation and Earth a growing rivalry has developed.


His mission it turns out is to expose a secret agent who is giving information to aliens who are intent on invading. Such beautiful prose, such lovely ideas!

Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke

Set entirely on the moon, the book is largely a vehicle for Clarke to describe what inhabited life earthlught be like on our orbiting globe. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Unofficially, Sadler is a secret agent whose mission is to uncover the identity of a spy who is believed to be passing secrets from Earth to the Federation of other planets. But it’s not what I expected Why doesn’t anybody write SF novels about the moon anymore?

It sounds pretty interesting, isn’t it? The super nova a nice literary touch, earthilght and scenes are related in efficient aplomb. You can expect the usual Clarke: Email required Address never made public. They decided to send there an agent disguised as an accountant to investigate and catch the spy.

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