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Fred Hoyle (1915–2001)

Autor(a) de The Black Cloud

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Obras por Fred Hoyle

The Black Cloud (1957) 1,194 exemplares
October the First is Too Late (1966) — Autor — 497 exemplares
A for Andromeda (1962) — Autor — 428 exemplares
Fifth Planet (1963) — Autor — 331 exemplares
Andromeda Breakthrough (1964) — Autor — 230 exemplares
Ossian's Ride (1959) 204 exemplares
Rockets in Ursa Major (1955) — Autor — 203 exemplares
The Nature of the Universe (1950) — Autor — 176 exemplares
Frontiers of Astronomy (1955) 173 exemplares
Into Deepest Space (1974) — Autor — 172 exemplares
The Inferno (1973) 166 exemplares
Element 79 (1967) 166 exemplares
Astronomy (1962) 120 exemplares
Seven Steps to the Sun (1970) 119 exemplares
On Stonehenge (1972) 104 exemplares
The Incandescent Ones (1977) 83 exemplares
The Molecule Men (1971) — Autor — 60 exemplares
Of Men and Galaxies (1972) 42 exemplares
Diseases from space (1980) 39 exemplares
Ten faces of the universe (1977) 37 exemplares
Galaxies, nuclei, and quasars (1965) 37 exemplares
Ice (1981) 23 exemplares
The Westminster Disaster (1978) 23 exemplares
Comet Halley (1985) 23 exemplares
Man and Materialism (1956) 21 exemplares
Highlights in Astronomy (1975) 19 exemplares
Man in the universe (1964) 15 exemplares
The Giants of Universal Park (1982) 13 exemplares
Cosmic Life-Force (1988) 13 exemplares
Ciencia ficción. Selección 7 (1973) 12 exemplares
Commonsense in Nuclear Energy (1980) 12 exemplares
The Frozen Planet of Azuron (1982) — Autor — 9 exemplares
The new face of science (1960) 9 exemplares
The Planet of Death (1982) 9 exemplares
The Energy Pirate (1982) 9 exemplares
Encounter with the Future (1965) 8 exemplares
The Small World of Fred Hoyle (1986) 7 exemplares
Mathematics of Evolution (1999) 6 exemplares
Astronomy Today (1975) 3 exemplares
Origin of Life (1980) 2 exemplares
Iniciación a la astronomía (1979) 2 exemplares
Το μαύρο σύννεφο (1998) 2 exemplares
Zoomen 1 exemplar
Matematyka ewolucji (2003) 1 exemplar
Devilment 79 1 exemplar
Kara Bulut (2022) 1 exemplar
L'energia nucleare 1 exemplar
Fred Hoyle 1 exemplar
From grains to bacteria (1984) 1 exemplar
The Black Cloud (Extract) (1957) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Martian Chronicles (1950) — Introdução, algumas edições16,683 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (2008) — Contribuidor — 803 exemplares
Fancies and Goodnights (1951) — Introdução, algumas edições758 exemplares
The expert dreamers (1962) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Best SF: 1967 (1968) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
The Best of British SF 2 (1977) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Laughing Space: An Anthology of Science Fiction Humour (1982) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



The story takes place in the near future---the late 1960s. (The book's copyright is 1962.) Aliens from outer space are more interested in their own interests than ours. I read the book soon after it came out. What I liked most about it was that, for the sake of a character I liked, there was a sequel. The ideas are more important than the plot or the characters. BTW, the chapter names all start with the letter A.
raizel | 6 outras críticas | Aug 24, 2023 |
Excellent book, full of ideas and lively pace.
Like Arthur C. Clarke at his best.
CraigGoodwin | 26 outras críticas | May 12, 2023 |
I picked up a copy of Rockets in Ursa Major at my favorite antiquarian book store pretty much on a lark. The cover was cool (see inset) and the back-cover blurb was interesting:

It is the early twenty-first century. Man is seeking signs of life elsewhere in the universe, but all exploratory ships have been lost without a trace--except for DSP 15. Thirty years after leaving Earth, and given up for lost, DSP 15 suddenly appears on radar screens at the space station at Mildenhall, England.

Her crew has been frozen to prevent aging, and as the ship settles into a landing, Dr. Richard Warboys eagerly waits with other scientists for word of what DSP 15 has found. But there is no crew, only a message scratched into a metal surface, signed by the captain:

"If this ship returns to Earth, then mankind is in deadly peril--God help you--."

Unfortunately, that was pretty much the most exciting part of the book. We learn all of this in the first 30-45 pages or so, then it sets into a typical 1960's alien invasion story.

In the denouement, the good guys win with the help of friendly aliens, but (of course) there is a promise of a bad alien return.

There wasn't much to the story, and little character development either. Fred Hoyle was not a world builder. He was, however, one of the most outspoken midcentury astrophysicists, so there is little wonder why our protagonist is a young professor/researcher/scientist at Cambridge. In a similar parallel to Hoyle's own life, the "key invention" which enables detection of in invading alien fleet was related to radar, which Hoyle worked on for the Admiralty during World War II. Scientific jargon is embedded throughout -- perhaps too much for a work of fast fiction -- but I didn't find it detracting from the story. (However, I'm probably biased because I'm an astrodynamicist by trade, and anything about orbits, trajectories, and space combat is like candy to me....)

Interesting facts:
  • This was Fred Hoyle's eighth work of fiction. His best known is 1959's The Black Cloud, which is worth checking out if you can find a copy.
  • He co-wrote this book with his son Geoffrey. This was the second of 12 works the father-son team wrote together.
  • The book was adapted from a play which was first performed at the Mermaid Theatre on Easter, 1962.
  • Fred Hoyle coined the term "Big Bang Theory" in an interview on BBC Radio.

If you like simple alien invasion stories and don't mind scientific dialogue, then you will find this book worth a read.
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howermj | 1 outra crítica | Mar 20, 2023 |
Fina lepo zasluzena jedinica.
Skolski primer kako ne treba pisati naucnu fantastiku.
srdjashin | 1 outra crítica | Nov 14, 2022 |



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