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eBook The Sands of Mars ePub

by Arthur C. Clarke

  • ISBN: 0451111869
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ace (January 1, 1974)
  • ePub book: 1928 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1244 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 384

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The Sands of Mars is a science fiction novel by English writer Arthur C. Clarke.

The Sands of Mars is a science fiction novel by English writer Arthur C. While he was already popular as a short story writer and as a magazine contributor, The Sands of Mars was also a prelude to Clarke's becoming one of the world's foremost writers of science fiction novels. The story was published in 1951, before humans had achieved space flight.

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The Sands of Mars book. The Sands of Mars was Arthur C. Clarke’s first foray into the science-fiction novel format after publishing a series of successful short stories.

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The Sands of Mars has been added to your Cart. Arthur C. Clarke was considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways: an article he wrote in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke - both fiction and nonfiction - have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide.

In The Sands of Mars, Clarke addresses hard physical and scientific issues with aplomb-and the best scientific understanding of the times. Included are the challenges of differing air pressures, lack of oxygen, food provisions, severe weather patterns, construction on Mars, and methods of local travel-both on the surface and to the planet’s two moons. one of the truly prophetic figures of the space age. -The New Yorker. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

The Sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke version . The Sands of Mars, my first full-length novel, was written in the late 1940'sЧwhen Mars seemed very much farther away than it is today. Reading it again after a lapse of many years, I am agreeably surprised to find how little it has been dated by the explosive developments of the Space Age. True, there are a few technical concepts which are slightly outmoded (readers may get some amusement try- ing to spot them); and there is perhaps rather more ex- planation of fundamentals than is strictly necessary in these enlightened times.

Arthur C. Clarke has long been considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Future Histories (Award-winning Science Fiction Writers Predict Twenty Tomorrows for Communications). Gregory Benford, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter.

In The Sands of Mars, Clarke addresses hard physical and scientific . Included are the challenges of differing air pressures, lack of oxygen, food provisions, severe weather patterns, construction on Mars, and methods of local travel-both on the surface and to the planet’s two moons First published in 1951, before the achievement of space flight, Arthur C. Clarke created this visionary tale. 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.

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Yndanol Yndanol
I've read reviews that poo-poo this book because of the fact that it Clarke's first full-length science fiction novel. I poo-poo those reviews. This is a fun futuristic read involving the colonization of Mars. In it we see hard science fact as well as fanciful science wonderment.

I especially appreciate Clarke's mention of some of his predecessors classic works as he compared situations and circumstances to those mentioned: Verne, Burroughs and Wells. Also, Clarke's use of historical fact which fosters and fortifies the point of chapter eight.

Chapter eight, mid-way through the work, lays down the classic science fiction mandate of evoking though about man's being - purpose and proper rank among the vast expanse of universal possibility.

Don't look for the anti-hero. You won't find one - unless it's Earth's citizenry as a collective. This is up beat; hopeful; full of promise. I found myself feeling for every character, their life, their work, their future hope.

This premise would have made a great series. That said, it ended perfectly. I'm satisfied with as a complete package.

"This inexorable drawing away from the known into the unknown had almost the finality of death. Thus must the naked soul, leaving all its treasures behind, go out at last into the darkness and the night."
Uaha Uaha
How many stars would I give "The Sands of Mars" by Arthur C Clark? About as many as there are in the Universe.

I started reading Clarke's fiction as a pre-teen and kept on with that and his non-fiction through my teens, college years and adult life. I continue to reread it and wish for more.

Certainly it's dated. Because it is of the "day after tomorrow" genre, it shows its age. But, as the author says about another novel, consider that it happens in a parallel universe. For me, it falls into the category of "comfort reading", as well as "wow, look at all the things he anticipated" and "with a little tweaking, that might really happen."

Don't look here for the latest discoveries by Opportunity and Curiosity. It is a novel written in the early 1970's after all. But you can still find the wonder and hope that those rovers represent moving a tight plot with believable characters.
Nilador Nilador
At the beginning I was wondering where all the preparation was leading? AS it evolved the characters and scientific conclusions that the characters made began to make sense. While we have only had the Mars Landrover explore a small part of the surface of Mars at this actual moment in history, this inventive and highly speculative story goes into the future with Mars colonists and how they might live and work as a scientific community that wants to eventually expand to include people who would colonize and live their lives there given the differences in atmosphere from Earth. I like the fact that there are multiple stories woven into the book and that some unexpected facts and events come out towards the very end. Arthur C. Clarke is a good writer with imaginative ideas to pique our interest in the Red Planet. A good read, but not really science fiction in it's strictest sense.
Hinewen Hinewen
I enjoyed the book, the first published novel of Arthur C. Clarke. It was written in the late 1940's and published in 1951. I found it surprisingly not as dated as it could have been. It is a hard sci fi description of a journalist's trip to a small Earth settlement on Mars. His predictions regarding space travel haven't materialized and Mars is somewhat different that as he describes it, but his version makes a better story than what has really happened. Like most sci fi writers of the 1940's and 1950's in the pre-transistor/computer era he still has people using carbon paper. His most egregious error is having a jet fly on Mars. Nonetheless, it is an easy read and I'm glad a read it. If it were a more recent book, I would rate it lower, but for its time it's a four.
lubov lubov
Like all really good stories the Sands of Mars is a good story about people, their feelings and reactions. While this story is a bit dated it still works on several levels because Mr. Clarke made it a story, not about the science or the tech but about human interaction. The Sands of Mars will always be on my re-read list.
SoSok SoSok
Not a bad read but it is a bit flat as far as SciFi goes.
The plot is more about human interaction and relationships than anything. It is not as interesting as say the RHAMA series was.
I guess it just depends on how you like your SciFi plots to go. I like more science and less interpersonal relations....
Jare Jare
Totally worth a read/listen if for the nostalgia of what was imaginable in the 1950's before we knew anything of Mars or the exploits of nuclear propulsion. Almost comical read when compared to current events and technical advances.
Arthur C. Clarke was a giant in the area of science fiction. He wrote a number of classics. This book is good, but not his best, IMO.
Nevertheless, Clarke is a master and the book is well thought out and engaging. The overall feel for this exploration of Mars is stark, so don't expect a rough and tumble adventure, but more a contemplative exploration of the solar system.