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Since this book has been available in the UK as part of the omnibus earthlught The Space Trilogy though it isn’t actually a trilogy in the traditional, sequential sense. Sadler is sent to the Moon’s main astronomical observatory located near the crater of Plato as a tip off has suggested that information is being routed through that location. In the end, reason seems to win and the future is secured through cooperation and science.

But Arthur is a master at drawing the future, so it makes up for the lack of the promised mystery. Mostly, Clarke has spun a yarn about humanity’s propensity for conflict down through the ages.


It’s a short novel at pages and straightforward plot, with imaginative descriptions of life on the moon, some of which still seem visionary, and some ludicrously dated. Review Earthlight is my tenth Arthur C.

Nov 26, Phil Giunta rated it liked it. The only women mentioned, besides a wife back on Earth, are the six “girls” from computing who have fragile reputations, and an expensive mistress. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. You might also like: The climactic scene revolving around this is spectacularly depicted and will have sci-fi junkies drooling.

Clarke is one of the most influential writers of science fiction. There also seems to be some envy coming from Earth, in that the colonies have snatched up all the brightest scientific talent.

And Clarke introduces the rather earthhlight thematic question of where one’s loyalties should lie when conflicts arise and there are bigger issues at stake than might seem obvious. Clarke’s marvelous lunar espionage thriller EarthlightI was struck by a thought. It is a neat ending if a little underwhelming, which seems to encapsulate the novel.


Arthur C. Clarke Reading Challenge 2013 – October: Earthlight

There has been no war for two centuries. Earthlight does have a jaw dropping climax, but this is a bright light in a story of earthlight, i. Mankind has expanded the frontier and have now developed beyond the globe, with permanent settlements on the Moon, Mars, a swampy Venus and cold Jupiter. I enjoyed this more than expected.

The starched collar and thin tie wearing scientist filling most of the main roles, the story is rooted as much in ideas as it is visuals, a current of hard science flowing through everything. Outer space inhabitants have formed a new political entity, the Federation, and between the Federation and Earth a growing rivalry has developed. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Relationships between Earth and the Federation are tense, a situation that is aggravated by claarke discovery of rich minerals on the Moon. Its descriptions of a Moon society, although dated by the technology described there, are detailed and satisfying, and a certain amount of optimism and hope can be perceived clarkw throughout the book. So much so that I identified the spy from the moment he was introduced because he fit a type view spoiler [, the archetype of the ‘man of science with a long view who initiates a crisis to resolve all of humanity’s problems out of logical premises’ hide spoiler ].

Which is what I would consider this book. Earth of course repels the earthlgiht and the alien’s energy beams are utilized and put to use blasting the Moon’s core for more efficient mining purposes. Some things he did not change, like the direction of sunrise. Earthlight begins by telling of the arrival on the Moon of seemingly-innocuous Bertram Sadler.

Speculiction Review of “Earthlight” by Arthur C. Clarke

Clarke, published in There is sufficient characterization to make for interesting characters. A Space Odyssey film or novel or a collection of his short stories over this one.

And even though its Cold War provenance is unmistakable, Clarke wisely steers clear of making the story an in-your-face metaphor for US-Soviet tensions or anything like that. As per usual, Clarke has interesting ideas and a book as exciting as bending cardboard.


I found it a bit slow to start and had to try multiple aerthlight to get invested in it, so it’s really more of a 3. Though not a masterpiece of mid 50’s scifi, it is what is to be expected by early Clarke: And as for the story, well, the identity of the spy doesn’t take a Mensa membership to earthligut.

The whole thing threatens to erupt in humanity’s first major war in years.

The author believes that history will be repeated The coolest thing about this book for me was describing the separation of the moon and the earth to the Separation of Britain and America.

The context is strong tension between Earth which controls the Moon and independent settlers elsewhere in the solar system. All the characters are male ones: It starts off a Clarke’s books are always worth reading, even if it’s his lesser work. Jul 20, Derek Davis rated it it was ok.

SF : Earthlight / Arthur C. Clarke ★★★★

The trigger for hostilities is the publication of a research paper suggesting that the Moon may have previously unsuspected heavy metal resources which Earth proposes to monopolise. It’s a tight little thriller masquerading as a hard SF novel and it’s quite brilliant. Why doesn’t anybody write SF novels about the moon anymore?

Surely, the troubles of Earth must be left behind if we are to explore and settle new worlds. Clarke British science fiction novels Novels set on the Moon. The characters were slightly flat, but the images Clarke uses to evoke the stark beauty of the moon makes me wish, much like Lester del Rey, that this book had received a film adaptation though I would challenge his sentiment that this should have been filmed in Despite being written inand despite the fact that not everything in this book is exactly as we know things to be now, this is still a really amazing hard science fiction book about the moon.

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