|Full title||The Songs of Distant Earth [permalink]|
|Author||Arthur C. Clarke (author)|
|Categories||Novel and science fiction|
|Original publication year||1986|
|ISBN||0-586-06623-3 [Amazon, B&N, Abe, Powell's]|
The Earth is swallowed in the explosion of the Sun in the year 3620, and the novel begins with the landing of the starship Magellan on the now-colonized planet of Thalassa, a world covered almost entirely in ocean except for three closely linked islands. They need to repair their ship for their upcoming journey to their real destination, a planet called Sagan 2, which, with their millions of colonists in cryo-sleep, they hope to colonize.
Almost the entirety of the novel takes place on Thalassa.
A very beautiful novel full of memorable scenes. (The lifting of the kilometer-wide hexagonal ice blocks for the ship's shield comes to mind.) The pacing is good, the characters are well-developed, and the writing is excellent (but then again, this is a Clarke novel).
III SOUTH ISLAND
V THE BOUNTY SYNDROME
VI THE FORESTS OF THE SEA
VII AS THE SPARKS FLY UPWARD
VIII THE SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH
IX SAGAN 2