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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This one choice is what keeps the novel from being earthlighr thoroughly dated relic of its time. Clarke’s books are always worth reading, even if it’s his lesser work. Aug 18, Sam Arnold rated it liked it. Refresh and try again.

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Over time, Sadler builds a list of top suspects while both the Earth and the Federation create weapons of mass destruction in a prelude to war. The climactic scene revolving around this is spectacularly depicted and will have sci-fi junkies drooling. Lists with This Book. The lack of any technological progress in astronomical observation in years is more farthlight chemical photographic development still in use and automated supernova search being an tricky leading edge project.

Space earfhlight big, and life is small. It is perhaps this that makes the book less known than others in his bibliography.

Sadler is sent to the Moon’s main astronomical observatory located near the crater of Plato as clarje tip off has suggested that information is being routed through that location. There is tension between Earth and the colonies over the allocation of resources and this leads to the possibility of war. He explains some updates to the novel’s science due to advancement made since when the novel was started. I like the very short war in the clarkr realistic.

The only women mentioned, besides a wife back on Earth, are clrake six “girls” from computing who have fragile reputations, and an expensive mistress. Bert is an accountant, officially sent to the Moon to check budget spending by the astronomers in Plato Crater.

Pretty impressive since this was written at the very dawn of the space age.


I found the story rather minimal, the main character observes what is happening instead of directly participating in it all — which gives a distinctly realistic feel. This theme was also visited in the novel A Fall Of Moondu I am reviewing the hard science fiction novel Earthlight by Arthur C Clarke which is an excellent novel which I bought from kindle.

One of Clarke’s best works from the early years. Clarke foresees not only a lunar city but developing lunar culture, with its own customs and slang, emerging as people learn to live and work together as pioneers in space.

Even when a wry smile is raised simply because the way science has developed since the writing of the book means the ideas are outdated the central conceit of the story still holds true. At one stage he puts on the television and they are playing tennis on the Moon with special honeycombed tennis balls that provide extra resistance so have characteristics similiar to if they were playing on Earth which makes it more watchable.


And as for the story, well, the identity of the spy doesn’t take a Mensa membership to guess. The most enjoyable part is when the author describes how is the life on the Moon and all the politics that are necessary for the plot and teaches the reader a bit of astronomy, too. It is up to Sadler to discover who and stop them before war breaks out. The plot to this book is a man has been trained as a spy and sent to an observatory supposedly as an accountant but actually to perform an unspecified mission.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Sandler Bertram, learned that the concept of the heavy metals on the Moon discovered will advance a war amidst the Earth, and the younger colonies Mars and Venus. Tensions between Earth and the Federation have been mounting, the latter accusing the former of withholding crucial natural resources.

Our hero is Bertram Sadler, an accountant sent to the moon’s enormous Observatory ostensibly to audit their books. 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. Two centuries from now there may be men who do not owe allegiance to any nation on Earth, or even to Earth itself.

The super nova a nice literary touch, characters and scenes are related in efficient aplomb.


There is also an enigma – the apparent sighting of erthlight ‘beam of light’, that should not be possible on the airless world. Clarke Reading Challenge — October: Thanks for telling us about the problem. And Clarke introduces the rather bold thematic question of where one’s loyalties should lie when conflicts arise and there are bigger issues at stake than might seem obvious.

Additionally, his descriptions of other planets hold up well for the modern knowledge about them. Why doesn’t anybody write SF novels about the moon anymore?

But it does seem as if our lonely little satellite gets unfairly neglected these days by writers all too eager to explore brave new worlds, parallel universes, and posthuman singularities. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In the end, reason seems to win and the future is secured through cooperation and science. The novel concludes with Molton enlightening Sadler and the reader as to the brilliant technical subterfuge with which he transmitted information, namely that he used the observatory’s main telescope as a transmitter by placing a modulated ultra-violet source at its prime focus.

This is explained later in the story as a weapons beam that included metal particulates moving at high velocity. In many other ways the ideas are fresh and at times almost revolutionary. The Earth government’s intelligence agency suspects that confidential information concerning the exploitation of these mineral riches may be being leaked to the Federation and presses an accountant, Bertram Sadler, into service.

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Arthur C. Clarke Reading Challenge 2013 – October: Earthlight

I really enjoyed this book – it’s a fast read, and the science is very realistic. The first half of Earthlight is slow and plodding as Sadler meets various members of the observatory’s staff and is schooled on eatrhlight as aspects of their operations and of astronomy.

Still, it’s a very good read and it won’t take up much of your time. Newer Post Older Post Home.