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Earthlight (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) (original 1955; edition 2012)

by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)

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Two hundred years after humans first touched down on the surface of the Moon, there are permanent settlements there--as well as on Venus and Mars. The inhabitants of these colonies have formed their own political alliance: the Federation. On the Moon, a government agent from Earth is hunting a suspected spy at a prominent observatory. He is caught up in the larger political struggle between Earth's government and that of the Federation, and ultimately must struggle for his life--in the beautiful and barren landscape of the Moon under Earth's light.… (more)
Title:Earthlight (Arthur C. Clarke Collection)
Authors:Arthur C. Clarke (Author)
Info:RosettaBooks (2018), 163 pages
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Earthlight by Arthur C. Clarke (1955)



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While tensions simmer between Earth and its colonies on Mars, Venus, and some of Saturn's moons (collectively known as the Federation), Earth intelligence agent Bertram Sadler travels to the moon observatory in search of a spy leaking information to the Federation.

Working undercover as a cost accountant performing a financial audit of the observatory, Sadler gains access to all departments and staff members—who at first greet him with suspicion. 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 first half of Earthlight is slow and plodding as Sadler meets various members of the observatory's staff and is schooled on various as aspects of their operations and of astronomy. The only two interesting plot points are the unannounced landing of government ships in an area of the moon normally off-limits, and the two astronomers who decide to venture out in a vehicle to investigate.

The tension in the story begins to build in the second half when the observatory receives a communication warning the staff to dismantle critical equipment and take shelter underground. A war is coming, one that will decide who has control of the moon's abundant supply of heavy metals deep within its core. ( )
  pgiunta | Nov 26, 2017 |
Early SF book by one of the masters. Almost all of Clarke's books should get at least 4 stars. This 3 star story from 1955 was written before he really got into his stride so it is not nearly his best work.
Still it is an interesting story about moon colonization and conflicts with in the solar system. As with all Clarke books he uses the best science available and then extrapolates into the future. You are going to get a science lesson even if you don't want one. ( )
  ikeman100 | Aug 8, 2017 |

This 1955 novel did disappoint me a bit. It's the story of a counterespionage accountant on a lunar observatory at a moment of interplanetary conflict between Earth and The Rest Of The Solar System; obviously the Moon becomes a critical location in that conflict (and equally obviously there are Cold War parallels in the author's mind). There are some vivid observations of base life in the observatory (where again all the staff are white men) and the high-tech battle at the climax of the plot is well described. But otherwise the whole thing is a bit subdued, and the framing narrative of the protagonist's mission gets a particularly unconvincing resolution. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 11, 2016 |
This is Clarke's realistic, science-based speculation of future colonization needs
  drbrendan | Jul 6, 2016 |
Good book. ( )
  Kurt.Rocourt | May 22, 2015 |
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     Sadler knew that the discovery of heavy metals on the Moon could lead to a devastating war between Earth and the younger colonies of Mars and Venus. And someone in the quiet, respectable group of scientists on the Moon - someone Sadler had to find - was passing information to the unseen warships in outer space ...

     Was it Jamieson, the young astronomer devoted to the peaceful pursuit of pure science ... or Jenkins, whose contacts in Supply gave him easy access to couriers from the rival planets ... or even Director Maclaurin, whose knowledge of Earth's plans made him the most dangerous if he choose to tell ....

    If war came, the Moon would be the target. But Sadler's job was to prevent that war if he could ... while the uneasy days, hours, seconds ticked away.
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