Book Review: Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clark (Four Stars)

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Book Review: Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clark

(Four Stars)

“Why is the universe here?” “Where else would it be?”

This is why Arthur C. Clarke is thought of as among the Big Three of science fiction. This novel was written in the 1980s, based on a short story originally written in 1957. Don’t read the blurbs; they’re both misleading and spoilers. Too many topics to comment on or even lift his quotes about, but Clark still manages to insert an engaging story.

“No serious philosophical problem is ever settled.”

Golden Age science fiction. In many ways Clark is better than anything being written today. He deals with big issues but gets the details of science and people right. Yes, great portions of his text are sermons on various hobby horses, but Continue reading

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