It has taken a long time, but humankind has won its battle against the sea. Now Professionals like Walter Franklin patrol the infinite savannahs of the oceans, harvesting from the plankton prairies. But like that other great frontier, space, the sea has not yet yielded up all its secrets. And men like Franklin will never rest until its every fathomless mystery has been challenged....
©1957 Arthur C. Clarke (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
Though now very dated, Arthur Clarke's story of heroism in the depths still serves to entertain. Written in a naive style of derring-do it still discusses some of the profound ethical questions that Clarke addressed so often, of humanity's relationship with the natural world, the struggle as was between science and religion and the fate of man when it meets some unknown higher intelligence. A ripping good yarn.
Incredibly Clarke wrote this in 1957. handheld computers, worldwide computer connections, and sea-serpents! He goes deep into the oceans and far out into space. His story is almost 60 years old yet predates our modern technological era without seeming out of place today.
Good luck trying to guess where the plot of this book is going. There was a very sharp swerve in a different direction towards the end that made it really dull.
I really enjoyed this book. It's "gentle" sci fi and suitable for people who don't normally listen to this genre. Well written and really makes you think about the planet and our role in it. Good narration.
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