Songs of Distant Earth

Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Tsukiyumi » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:34 am

A great book by Arthur C Clarke; it's an easy read, and a great realistic sci-fi story. I just re-read it recently (when my computer was out :wink: ), and remembered how cool it is. Anyone else read it?

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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:00 pm

I read it about a million years ago, but I remember very little of it.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Sionnach Glic » Tue Oct 07, 2008 4:35 pm

Didn't read it. I must look out for it in the library.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Graham Kennedy » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:13 pm

Mikey wrote:I read it about a million years ago, but I remember very little of it.


Ditto. I remember only a few things about it... the plot outline of the ship arriving, basically. I remember thinking it wasn't all that great at the time, but was an okay read.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:15 pm

I think part of the problem I had with Clarke (if you could call it a problem) was that I read 2001 first, and sort of unconsciously held everything up to that standard.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Tsukiyumi » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:18 pm

Even da Vinci had some bad efforts. :wink:

I think I like it so much due to nostalgia: I read it when I was nine, and it was one of the first "hard" sci-fi stories I ever read. Keep your puns to yourself. :P
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Fri Oct 10, 2008 11:52 pm

I feel the same way about Stranger in a Stragne Land.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Tsukiyumi » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:03 am

I read that the same year. :)

Speaking of Heinlein, I loaned Uzume my copy of Have Spacesuit - Will Travel recently; she loved it.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:36 am

Mikey wrote:I feel the same way about Stranger in a Stragne Land.


:oops: I also enjoyed the similarly-titled Stranger in a Strange Land.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Reliant121 » Sat Oct 11, 2008 8:44 am

Nice way of correcting typo there :)
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Sionnach Glic » Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:59 pm

:lol:
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:20 pm

I was trying to pre-empt the sh*tstorm of correction from the spelling Gestapo (AKA Tsukiyumi.) :wink:
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Tsukiyumi » Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:08 pm

:laughroll:

I was going to let it go, seeing as it was your birthday, and Yom Kippur and all.
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Mikey » Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:09 pm

Tsukiyumi wrote::laughroll:

I was going to let it go, seeing as it was your birthday, and Yom Kippur and all.


I appreciate the thought. :lol:
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Re: Songs of Distant Earth

Postby Tsukiyumi » Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:11 pm

Contrary to popular belief, I do, in fact, have a heart. :wink:
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