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The Songs of Distant Earth

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    Arthur C. Clarke(Author)

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From the world’s most famous science fiction writer, a poignant and vivid story of doomsday and beyond.

The countdown to doomsday began with the discovery in 1956 of the neutrino, a particle with no mass and no charge. By the year 2001, the significance of this phantom particle was understood: it was a harbinger. A cosmic event was imminent, and would be close enough to touch. Soon the Sun would go nova; the demolition of Earth was assured. And so it happened in the year 3620.

Over the centuries of knowing the end was at hand, humanity pulled together to launch probes into space. Primitive ships, at first, carrying embryos to distant systems, relying on machines to incubate and rear the first people of a virgin land beneath an alien sun. On Thalassa, after a journey of 200 years, a colony blossomed, only to fall silent again.

On Earth the Lords of the Last Days lived with no need to care for the future of the world; it was the wildest of times, and the saddest. Last to leave was the Magellan carrying a million homeless; when cataclysm struck, its voyagers witnessed through telescopes the death of Earth and all its wonders, saw the Atlantic boil dry, the pyramids disintegrate, the land of Antarctica briefly bare of ice before fire consumed everything. Then the million slept.

Five hundred years later, the Magellan must make planetfall to repair its quantum drive. Its sleepers awake to find themselves visitors to Thalassa, where a cvilization has, in fact, survived. A clash of cultures unlike any before brings danger, despair, and some very tough decisions for two different peoples far from Earth – and its distant songs.

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Arthur C. Clarke(Author)
  • HarperVoyager; New Ed edition (9 Sept. 2011)
  • English
  • 4
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Sherlock on 14 January 2017

    I was directed to this story via the Mike Oldfield album of the same name, from which the inspiration came.Not usually a sci-fi fan, I did, nevertheless find the story a good extrapolation of what could happen in the future.The plot has already been outlined by others, so I'll not go into detail about that. At times, I found it hard to visualise what each character was like, as there didn't seem much depth to some of them.Overall, a good read, the conclusion seemed a little short of what I expected.

  • By Mel Powell on 24 July 2014

    Pretty quick read. Very enjoyable. Earth is no more and seed ships to distant star systems have settled planets with limited success. The last exodus, took advantage of energy technology discovered in the nick of time to traverse space to colonise worlds even further away; they stop off at one of the success stories. A watery world called Thalassa colonised by one of the earlier seed ships. The story tells of the interactions between star ship crew and the Lassens. Separated by centuries, they never the less, encounter each other on various and very human levels before parting. The star ship, keeps moving towards its ultimate goal, the Lassens continue to develop their culture and to understand their planet. A little bit sad at the end. It is a fairly short novel and although the characters are affectionately drawn, I didn't feel I got to know them well enough to be completely immersed in their lives or the plot. However, I enjoyed the ideas and the very plausible way they are woven onto this story, so would certainly recommend.

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