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Summary

Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust.

On the surface her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment.

©1961 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"The best book yet about man’s most dramatic journey, the most exciting science fiction novel for years." ( Evening Standard)
Praise for the author: "[He was] awesomely informed about physics and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered." ( The New York Times)

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Well worth the revisit.

First read as a secondhand paperback costing 1\6d.(that's 7.5p for the non pre-decimal). Loved it then and enjoyed it now.

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As good as I remember it.

As good as I remember it. I first read it in the 1960s as part of my growing love for Clarke.

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Moondust

I have read this book more than once is a timeless classic for all reads

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Solid suspense thriller with a heart of sci-fi.

Proof that you don't need alien invasion and blaster riffles to make a good sci-fi novel. The imagining of the moon in it dusty form swallowing the ship whole made for some excellent sci-fi and suspense as each problem becomes evident and the urgency of the situation grow. Some charactesr were a little underdeveloped, but the story is short enough that no character over stays their welcome.

Competently narrated, with a good feel for each character.

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Stretched-out novella

There's just not enough story in here to justify a read of this length. The sci-fi is nice, the outdatedness isn't a problem, but this should have been a much shorter book. I don't really want to know the inconsequential back story of every single accidental character.

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Good classic

I enjoyed reading this when I was young and enjoyed the audio version. Arthur C Clarke has always been one of my favourite sci-fi authors

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Keeps you on the edge of your seat

This was a superb sci-fi but also a nail biting thriller. The tension mounts throughout, right to the end. I would highly recommend this book, it's absorbing.

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a gripping read

although a little dated this really is a page Turner of a story, and keeps you on the edge
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not a space opera but a good listen

good story but sounds dated thanks to the 70s technology references. science as usual is sound