The Black Cloud (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) Paperback – January 13, 2015
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Whilst I still have a paperback version, I decided to order a Kindle version. The first ¾ of the novel was just as good as I remembered, but the plot development from the time they establish communication with the cloud seems to lack magic.
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."
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I will read "The Black Cloud" at least once more - it's that good.
The novel has great flow and is as exciting as it is intriguing.
The best Sci-fi i've read in many moons.