Voyager Classics ? Songs of Distant Earth

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

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 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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‘Clarke’s simple, musical style never falters in this novel, which is a sobering yet far from bleak commentary on humanity’s longing for the stars. Highly recommended’
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For many Arthur C. Clarke is the very personification of science fiction. He is particularly known for the scientific basis of his writing, and his often uncannily accurate predictions. In 'The Songs of Distant Earth' he intertwines these elements with deeply-felt humanitarian themes, to create a thoughtful and hauntingly evocative tale.

Over centuries of knowing the end was at hand humanity launched probes carrying embryos to distant star-systems, relying on machines to incubate the first people of a virgin land under an alien sun. Finally, in the Last days of the Earth, the 'Magellan' takes off for the stars carrying a million refugees. They witness the death of Earth as they leave: the Atlantic boils dry, the pyramid disintegrate, the ice of Antarctica melts. Then they sleep. Five hundred years later the 'Magellan' must make planetfall for repairs. The voyagers awake to find themselves on the idyllic planet of Thalassa. Curios yet wary, the Thalassans offer their distant cousins a cautious welcome and alien destinies become inextricably entwined in a clash of cultures unlike any before.

In 'The Songs of Distant Earth' Arthur C. Clarke has created a poignant and vivid account of doomsday and beyond. His simple, musical prose-style perfectly captures man's longing for the stars in a moving story about human diversity and the meaning of loss.

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Book Description Voyager, London, 2001. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Reissued, 1st thus. 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 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. Size: Mid Sized Paperback ( 7¾" - 9¾" tall ). XIV, 242 pages, in original softcover binding with attached fold over flaps. The book is secondhand. There is no damage to describe. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy; ISBN: 0007115865. ISBN/EAN: 9780007115860. Inventory No: 0251889. Bookseller Inventory # 0251889

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