Prelude to Space

Prelude to Space Here is the compelling story of the launching of Prometheus Earth s first true spaceship and of the men who made it happen Dirk Alexson Chronicler of the greatest space adventure of all time he was c

  • Title: Prelude to Space
  • Author: Arthur C. Clarke
  • ISBN: 9780345341020
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Here is the compelling story of the launching of Prometheus Earth s first true spaceship and of the men who made it happen.Dirk Alexson Chronicler of the greatest space adventure of all time, he was chosen to immortalize the incredible story of the men and their heroic mission.Sir Robert Derwent Direct General of Interplanetary London Headquarters for the internHere is the compelling story of the launching of Prometheus Earth s first true spaceship and of the men who made it happen.Dirk Alexson Chronicler of the greatest space adventure of all time, he was chosen to immortalize the incredible story of the men and their heroic mission.Sir Robert Derwent Direct General of Interplanetary London Headquarters for the international space flight project he was the man who got the mission off the ground and into the pages of history.Professor Maxton The world s leading atomic engineer, he designed the huge ship s drive units and he waited with the rest of the world to see if the project would be a success.

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    1. There's really not much plot at all, and it's mostly interesting as a historical artefact, being a speculation of space travel before actual space travel ever happened. Still, the enthusiasm and optimism (though sadly misplaced, as history has shown) is infectious.

    2. It is perhaps fitting that, on the centenary birthday of Sir Arthur, I re-read and review Sir Arthur’s first published novel, Prelude to Space.*This was one of the first of Sir Arthur’s novels that I read, though not the first. I had actually come to his work through his short stories, such as The Star (1955) and The Nine Billion Names of God (1953), before finding a copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in my school library.Prelude is not a book of the same calibre of 2001. And yet its quiet [...]

    3. “Prelude to Space” is the first novel by Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008) and was published in 1951 in the series of Galaxy Science Fiction novels. Originally this short novel was written in 1947. According to the introduction which he wrote, Clarke wrote the entire novel in just 20 days, but it took a while to get it published even though he was a successful writer of short fiction. The story is about the first manned mission to the moon. Some of the correct predictions that Clarke made [...]

    4. Un juvenlie che più juvenile non si può. Bisogna riconoscere che questo romanzo d'esordio di Arthur Clarke (più o meno contemporaneo a The Sands of Mars) non ha retto benissimo al peso degli anni. Per varie ragioni, in primis percè già allora era nato più come opera "divulgativa" che come vero e proprio romanzo. Fin dalle prime pagine quello che emerge potente è l'amore per le stelle, per l'esplorazione dello spazio ed il desiderio di trasmetterlo ai lettori in ogni modo possibile. Non è [...]

    5. Published in the early 1950s, this short novel imagines what it would be like to fly to the moon. However, it sees the lunar landing as simply a prelude, instead of the dead end it has become. Very interesting.

    6. Un romanzo datato ed ingenuo. Ben lontano dalla potenza immaginifica di 2001.In ogni caso una gradevole lettura che ancora una volta stuzzica la nostra fascinazione per le stelle e il cosmo.

    7. In 1976, historian Dirk Alexson is sent to England by the University of Chicago to document for posterity the first manned mission to the moon sponsored by a private company called Interplanetary. While in the UK, he interviews and befriends some of the scientists and administrators involved in the project and receives a number of lessons in astrophysics and engineering.However, Alexson is given very little face time with the crew of the Prometheus until they fly to the deserts of Australia for [...]

    8. I had no idea what to expect from this short novella, but I was blown away by its ability to probe into the motivations and dreams of mankind, from our earliest explorations to our dreams of populating the stars. The fictional path to mankinds first journey to the moon is brilliantly chronicled with a focus on the humanitarian and existential reasons. The grandeur, depth and scope of this global project feels so much more real and admirable than what I've learned about the actual moon landing. R [...]

    9. Could be titled "Prelude to Arthur C. Clarke Learning How to Write a Novel." As many reviewers have stated, there isn't much of a plot here, and characterization was never a Clarke strength. For a novel written in 1947 (Clarke's first), this look at a first manned mission to the moon is scientifically well ahead of its time, especially if one looks at the fanciful SF works written in the 40's, and I like its theme of humanity's need to keep exploring or we'll vanish. But I also liked that it was [...]

    10. An early Arthur C. Clarke sf novel written in the late 1940's, in which he imagines how the first voyage in space came about. Interesting to read as a comparison to how the actual historical events really happened.

    11. It doesn't matter whether the book was written way before the trip to the Moon was even thought that Arthur C. Clarke manages to grasp your attention all the way through the book.

    12. This is just what I expected from ACC's second novel. It focuses on science and ideas, not characters, all with a sprinkling of earnest, intelligent poetic moments.

    13. I've always liked this book, since I first read it in the 70s. Written in 1947 and first published in 1951, it plays on the wonder of space travel that died with the men and women aboard the Challenger. But it isn't the typical science fiction novel, set in the far future, when space travel is taken for granted. As the title suggests, it's about the first step on that journey, a manned mission to the moon, and the men who make that happen.You caught that, right? Reading the book today, it's impo [...]

    14. If I were reviewing Prelude to Space based on what I remembered reading decades ago, it wouldn't be flattering. I remember a dull story about that ends abruptly with a Plutonium powered rocket launched from Australia. The story misses roughly all of the romance and drama of a manned flight to the moon. A bunch of speculation was way off, like a Plutonium powered rocket that can't be inspected and is so toxic no one can go near it for decades after launch. (Heh. Decades.)But it was a quick read, [...]

    15. Although first published in magazine form, this was Arthur C. Clarke's first novel, and traces its origins as far back as 1947. Clarke was, thus, among the first proponents of space exploration in the wake of WWII, and this novel is equal parts entertainment, education, and propaganda. (This last is admitted, as such, by Clarke in his introduction to this 1976 edition.) As a result, this is an odd sort of sci-fi novel from a current-day perspective.This is a story without much of a plot, and wit [...]

    16. I lettori conoscono già Arthur C. Clarke, che ha inaugurato la serie dei romanzi di Urania con "Le sabbie di Marte". Con lo stesso stile avvincente, la stessa precisione di scienziato, Arthur Clarke ci narra ora come gli esseri umani si preparino al primo volo nello spazio: destinazione Luna. Siamo nel 1980 circa. "Per migliaia d'anni" dice l'Autore "la razza umana si è diffusa sulla Terra, finchè l'intero globo non fu esplorato e colonizzato. Ora è arrivato il momento di fare il passo segue [...]

    17. Space travel as imagined by ACC in the 50's was a far different thing than what actually occurred. For myself, I think I would prefer Clarke's "reality" to that of today. Great Britain was a serious world power, particularly in space travel; there was no "space race" per se--countries actually cooperated. Five astronauts were considered for the first flight and the two who didn't make it took it well enough. The Prometheus (space ship) seemed to me to be along the lines (very generally) of the s [...]

    18. Written in the early 1950s, this book tells the story of Mankind's first spaceship, the Prometheus, a nuclear-powered vessel that will take its crew of three to the Moon. In this (now) alternative history, Britain is still a major player in the space industry while there is no 'space race' between the superpowers, but all nations worth together in an organisation called 'Interplanetary' for their common goal. Our perspective into this world is Dirk Alexson, an historian sent from the University [...]

    19. This is Arthur C. Clarke _pre_ '2001: A Space Odyssey' (don't be fooled by the date, this material was originally published as "Prelude to Space" in the early 50s, and written even earlier). Very well written; I see why Arthur C. Clarke was such a big deal in the field of sci-fi writing in those days. All the technical details are fleshed out in great detail (except it was already obvious as soon as this was republished that a few of the technical predictions were way off). The advantage of this [...]

    20. This book was written in 1947 when Clarke was on his summer holiday from King's College. It's an interesting piece of propaganda, set 30 years in the future when man is planning his first trip to the moon (using atomic rockets). The book itself is partly fascinating and partly dull. It's an interesting glimpse to see what people thought the future would be like, and what was thought to inspire the rocket engineers of the future. The problem as it's more propaganda than novel there is no real cha [...]

    21. Sixty-five years after it was written Prelude to Space is badly dated in just about every aspect of the story. From the technical developments to the blatant sexism that plagued science fiction in those days. On top of that, Clarke wrote a novel that reads like propaganda for a space program. It is very effective propaganda though. Despite all the novel's flaws, you can't help but be caught up in the excitement of the enterprise and the possibilities of space travel, many of which still haven't [...]

    22. This is a very early Clarke novel - one that describes the events leading up to the first manned lunar voyage. The novel is filled with scientific jargon, presumably accurate enough for its time and Clarke has a firm grasp on the personal and political issues surrounding space flight. But somehow, the characters don't reach out and pull you into their story. Instead, the reader seems to be a bystander, being told of events as they unfold. I have not yet read much of his work - I plan to read mor [...]

    23. This certainly isn't Clarke's best work, but it is entertaining to a degree. The more fascinating aspect of the book though, is what he believed the future space program would be like. The book was written I believe the forward said in 1947. The intro he had recorded in 1975. He is very good in the intro about pointing out what he had gotten right, and what he had gotten wrong. I of course have the benefit of hindsight to even the forward considering it has been some 40 years since that was writ [...]

    24. Around the end of '79 and beginning of '80 I went through a phase of reading a lot of Arthur C. Clarke's early writing--something like six novels in a couple of weeks. None of it was particularly good fiction. Contrary to the sf community, I have never regarded him as a very good writer. Prelude to Space, however, is to be judged by a different standard than most fiction because it's purpose is so didactive. Clarke was pushing for a lunar program and this book details one way it might have happe [...]

    25. A fine example of the pure mastery that was Arthur C Clarke. He left his mark on liturate with everyone of his stories and his spirit lives on through his life's work. Stimulating both scientists and dreamers he has had and will always have a profound impact on the way we view the universe around (and under) us.

    26. Genius!Truly amazing how much Mr. Clarke got right about the real meaning to n program. One can't help but wonder if the real managers of NASA read this book which was published 8 years before NASA existed. True genius!!

    27. I didn't feel that this book should be considered science fiction, but never-the-less, it was still good. Not only was it full of technical jargon, but it also hada some very thought provocing metaphysical themes.

    28. I really enjoyed this retrospective space fiction about the first lunar voyage. The fun comparing the maybes with the reality. We don't get to do that very often with fiction. Great read for space fans.

    29. This book was fantastic at evoking that feeling of awe at the notion of human progress and the exploration of space. The almost complete lack of plot really hampered it.

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