The Songs of Distant Earth

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Thalassa was a paradise above the earth. Its beauty and vast resources seduce its inhabitants into a feeling of perfection. But then the Magellan arrives, carrying with it one million refugees from the last mad days of earth. Paradise looks indeed lost....

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Overview

Thalassa was a paradise above the earth. Its beauty and vast resources seduce its inhabitants into a feeling of perfection. But then the Magellan arrives, carrying with it one million refugees from the last mad days of earth. Paradise looks indeed lost....

Finally in paperback! His first novel since 2010! Clarke is at his brilliant best in this tale of life on a paradisiacal world, of the clash of two cultures and of mankind's first contact with truly alien intelligence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345322401
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 360,322
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur C. Clarke
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clarke is widely revered as one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, esteemed alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, a trio known informally as the “Big Three.” Before his death in 2008, he authored more than 100 novels, novellas, and short story collections and laid the groundwork for science fiction as we know it today. Combining scientific knowledge and visionary literary aptitude, Clarke’s work explored the implications of major scientific discoveries in astonishingly inventive and mystical settings.

Clarke’s short stories and novels have won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, have been translated into more than 30 languages, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Several of his books, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and 2010: Odyssey II, have been adapted into films that still stand as classic examples of the genre. Without a doubt, Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important voices in contemporary science fiction literature.
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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1917
    2. Place of Birth:
      Minehead, Somerset, England
    1. Date of Death:
      March 19, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Sri Lanka
    1. Education:
      1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

Table of Contents

Author's Note
I Thalassa
1 The Beach at Tarna 3
2 The Little Neutral One 7
3 Village Council 9
4 Tocsin 15
5 Night Ride 18
II Magellan
6 Planetfall 31
7 Lords of the Last Days 37
8 Remembrance of Love Lost 43
9 The Quest for Superspace 47
III South Island
10 First Contact 55
11 Delegation 61
12 Heritage 70
13 Task Force 74
14 Mirissa 76
15 Terra Nova 81
16 Party Games 84
17 Chain of Command 91
18 Kumar 96
19 Pretty Polly 98
20 Idyll 109
IV Krakan
21 Academy 119
22 Krakan 131
23 Ice Day 138
24 Archive 142
25 Scorp 151
26 Snowflake Rising 157
27 Mirror of the Past 162
28 The Sunken Forest 166
29 Sabra 172
30 Child of Krakan 175
V The Bounty Syndrome
31 Petition 187
32 Clinic 191
33 Tides 194
34 Shipnet 196
35 Convalescence 200
36 Kilimanjaro 203
37 In Vino Veritas 206
38 Debate 211
39 The Leopard in the Snows 220
40 Confrontation 224
41 Pillow Talk 228
42 Survivor 231
43 Interrogation 236
VI The Forests of the Sea
44 Spyball 245
45 Bait 248
46 Whatever Gods May Be... 253
VII As The Sparks Fly Upward
47 Ascension 263
48 Decision 271
49 Fire on the Reef 275
VIII The Songs of Distant Earth
50 Shield of Ice 281
51 Relic 284
52 The Songs of Distant Earth 286
53 The Golden Mask 291
54 Valediction 301
55 Departure 303
56 Below the Interface 308
IX Sagan Two
57 The Voices of Time 313
Chronology 314
Bibliographical Note 316
Acknowledgments 317
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    Very Good, Mr. Clarke

    I found this book to be not so much science fiction, but, rather a story about how we relate to each other. I don't know about everyone else, but I found it also to be a bittersweet story. It begins with the last spaceship from Earth (before our Sun goes supernova) with the last humans aboard arriving at a 'seed' planet where humans were planted seven hundred years earlier. The story goes on to explore the differences between the Thalassans and these 'strangers from the sky,' before they continue on to their destination planet. Principally, it is the relationship between Loren Lorensen, Lt. Commander of the spaceship Marissa, a beautiful Thalassan who thirsts for knowledge (and Loren) and Brant, her Thalassan 'significant other.' While Clarke writes that the Thalassans say they have done away with Jealousy, Lust and Fidelity in order to better mankind, don't you believe it. I read this book several years ago and I never stop thinking about. It is thoroughly enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2000

    Arthur C Clarke's favourite... and mine for what that's worth

    Quite moving, entirely plausible, thus very readable. Inspiring, unlike the Rama series, which, though very gripping and imaginative, became increasingly depressing and dystopian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    Great concept... and that's about it

    The ideas are awe-inspiring, as Clarke goes to great lengths to ascertain the fate of humanity following the destruction of the solar system, but the buck stops there. There's not much of a story except for kayak trips and love triangles (or should I say, love pentagons). Do yourself a favor and skip this one.

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