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The Songs of Distant Earth

author: Arthur C. Clarke (1986)
date read: 2020-01-24
pages: 256
lists: scifi
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜†

A future human settlement gets visited by the last travellers from the doomed planet earth, on their way to their final destination, a new earth. Very calm, slow, slightly utopian.

I’m not really sure what to make of this book. On the one hand, it was utterly lovely: The calm, nearly slice-of-life story of the surviving members of the human race. Touching, simple, optimistic, … sweet? At the same time, the lack of tension made me take a long time reading this book, and the parts that were interesting to me (the other planet! the ALIEN LIFE!) were only mentioned in passing. Weirdly frustrating for such a nice and optimistic book.


9/ The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. A calm, optimistic story of the last humans leaving Earth, visiting another human settlement. Infuriatingly it left out everything I wanted to hear more about, and was lovely nevertheless. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the-songs-of-distant-earth/
9/ The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke. A calm, optimistic story of the last humans leaving Earth, visiting another human settlement. Infuriatingly it left out everything I wanted to hear more about, and was lovely nevertheless. https://books.rixx.de/reviews/2020/the-songs-of-distant-earth/ #rixxReads