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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (stories not included). Pages: 102. Not illustrated. Chapters: The Sentinel, the Songs of Distant Earth, History Lesson, the Nine Billion Names of God, the Star, Breaking Strain, Sunjammer, the Pacifist, Exile of the Eons, Hide-And-Seek, a Meeting With Medusa, if I Forget Thee, Oh Earth, Rescue Party, Loophole, Venture to the Moon, the Secret, Hate, the Forgotten Enemy, Jupiter Five, the Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch, Improving the Neighbourhood, Death and the Senator, Into the Comet, Summertime on Icarus, I Remember Babylon, Patent Pending, Inheritance, Dog Star, Superiority, the Possessed, Encounter in the Dawn, Earthlight, Neutron Tide, the Food of the Gods, Trouble With the Natives, the Awakening, Travel by Wire!, the Curse, Transience, How We Went to Mars, When the Twerms Came, Time's Arrow. Excerpt: The Songs of Distant Earth is the common title of several science fiction works by Arthur C. Clarke, including a science fiction short story, a short movie synopsis, and a 1986 science fiction novel that all bear the same title. This article deals with the novel. The story is set over a period of approximately 1,900 years from the 1960's to the early 3800's nearly all on the faraway oceanic planet of Thalassa. Thalassa was populated by humans with an embryonic seed pod, sent out from Earth in a last attempt to continue the human race's existence before the Earth was destroyed. Unlike Clarke's other works, this piece also focuses on characterization and emotional development, instead of just technological change. It starts with an introduction to the native Thalassans the marine biologist Mirissa, her partner Brant and other friends and family. Their peaceful existence comes to an end with the appearance of Magellan, a spaceship from Earth containing one million colonists put into cryonic suspension. The events leading up...
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