JulesJones: Clarke wrote two excellent novels about near-future scientific work with cetaceans. The Deep Range is aimed at an adult audience and considers a future where whales are farmed for meat; Dolphin Island is a young adult novel about work on communicating with dolphins. The themes are related but distinct, but in both Clarke drew on scientific fact and his own experience of diving to create a believable near-future world.… (more)
Johnny Clinton was sleeping when the hovership raced down the valley, floating along the old turnpike on its cushion of air. The whistling roar in the night did not disturb him, for he had heard it almost all his life. To any boy of the twenty-first century, it was a sound of magic, telling of far-off countries and strange cargoes carried in the first ships that could travel with equal ease across land and sea.