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The Black Cloud Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 1982
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One of the greatest works of science fiction ever written -- Richard Dawkins Hoyle's enduring insights into stars, nucleosynthesis, and the large-scale universe rank among the greatest achievements of 20th-century astrophysics ... His theories were unfailingly stimulating, even when they proved transient. He will be remembered with fond gratitude not only by colleagues and students, but by a much wider community who knew him through his talks and writings. -- Sir Martin Rees * Obit in Physics Today * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Sir Fred Hoyle, F.R.S. (1915-2001), renowned astronomer, cosmologist, writer, broadcaster, and television personality, was born in Bingley, Yorkshire and educated at Bingley Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. A Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, he was a university lecturer in Mathematics before becoming Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy (1958-73) and Director of the Cambridge Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, which he founded (1967-73). In 1969 he was elected an associate member of the American National Academy of Science - the highest U.S. honour for non-American scientists. In 1974 he was awarded a Royal Medal by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to theoretical physics and cosmology and in 1997 shared the Crafoord Prize for his contribution to the understanding of the nuclear process in stars. Other notable fiction include Ossian's Ride, October the First is Too Late and Comet Halley. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In essence, a small nebula is heading at the sun, and scientists attempt to figure out what they can do to stop it, or survive it if it can't be stopped. The book starts out with some jet-setting between the UK and California, but that's dropped early on, and from thence the implication is that only the British know their butt from their brains and can be trusted to save the world. Americans are simply to declasse.
I could criticize the lack of characterization and the lack of detail about the disaster movie aspects of the book, but that's missing the point. Hoyle wasn't a great writer, he was a good-enough writer getting across his idea, which is admittedly pretty intriguing.
I suspect, but do not know, that this book was in some part a rebuttal to the novel and film, "When Worlds Collide."