Wednesday, August 02, 2006

worlds beyond this one

Yesterday I completed The Songs of Distant Earth, a sci-fi novel by the great Arthur C. Clarke, one of the preeminent writers of modern science fiction. I purchased the book many months ago around the time just before I was admitted to the hospital for my transplant. I bought it with the idea that I'd read it in the hospital, but that idea fell to the side quickly just like the other books that I took with me there. It wasn't until one week ago that I started to read it Clarke's novel and I, then, found it difficult to put it down. It's a very engaging story, I think. Sad and beautiful.

I recall reading the short story, "If I Forget Thee O' Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke in high school, but this is my first ever novel.

Interesting enough, in Tuesday's NYT Science section there's an article on the colonization of space, which is the setting of The Songs of Distant Earth. I couldn't help but see the interesting correlation between this article, Life After Earth: Imagining Survival Beyond This Terra Firma, and the novel that absorbed my attention.

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