By Arthur C. Clarke
Greater than thousand years sooner or later, a small human colony flourishes at the ocean paradise of Thalassa—sent there centuries in the past to proceed the human race sooner than the Earth’s destruction.
Thalassa’s assets are vast—and the human colony has lived a bucolic existence there. yet their life is threatened while the spaceship Magellan arrives on their world—carrying a million refugees from Earth, fleeing the death planet.
Reputed to be Arthur C. Clarke’s favourite novel, Songs of far away Earth addresses a number of attention-grabbing medical questions unresolved of their time—including the query of why so few neutrinos from the sunlight were measured in the world. furthermore, Clarke offers an artistic depiction of using vacuum power to energy spacecraft—and the technical logistics of house go back and forth close to the rate of sunshine.
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Charcoal he could make and a bellows was simply an animal skin and some branches. Whittle a nozzle. Any damfool who couldn't own a wheel with all that at his disposal deserved to lift and carry. He had ten thousand trees, didn't he? Finland didn't have a damn thing but trees. Yet Finland was the finest little country in the world. " If Finland was still there- Wherever the world was- Maybe the girls would like a Finnish bath. Down where they could plunge in afterwards and squeal and feel good. " Grace might like it.
Barbara and I had some after you went to sleep, Duke. There was some left. I never saw it again. " "Oh! I did, while we were bailing. Busted. " Hugh went to the medicines drawer, got a bottle with a broken seal. "Count these Seconal capsules. " "Karen had one at bedtime, one later; Joe had one. Neither Barbara nor I had any, nor Grace. " His father began to count as Duke pushed them aside. "Ninety-one," Duke announced. " Hugh put the capsules back. " "What do we do, Dad? Stomach pump? " "Slow down, Duke.
The only other precaution he took was for them to keep guns by them-all but his wife. Grace Farnham "couldn't stand guns," and resented having to eat with guns in sight. But she ate with good appetite. Duke had built a fire and they were blessed with hot coffee, hot canned beef, hot peas, hot canned sweet potatoes, and canned fruit salad-and cigarettes with no worry about air or fire. "That was lovely," Grace admitted. "Hubert dear? Do you know what it would take to make it just perfect? " "What, dear?