Skyfall

Skyfall Prometheus A stunning triumph of Soviet Americal technological cooperation Prometheus Ultimate answer to the prayers of an energy starved world Prometheus Potentially the source of the greatest single

  • Title: Skyfall
  • Author: Harry Harrison Rowena Morrill
  • ISBN: 9780441769414
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prometheus A stunning triumph of Soviet Americal technological cooperation.Prometheus Ultimate answer to the prayers of an energy starved world.Prometheus Potentially the source of the greatest single diaster in human history.Skyfall A thrilling novel of near future catastrophe, a catastrophe with a chilling ring of authenticity in the wake of this year s nuclear sPrometheus A stunning triumph of Soviet Americal technological cooperation.Prometheus Ultimate answer to the prayers of an energy starved world.Prometheus Potentially the source of the greatest single diaster in human history.Skyfall A thrilling novel of near future catastrophe, a catastrophe with a chilling ring of authenticity in the wake of this year s nuclear satellite fall in Canada.

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    1. I stumbled across this in a 2nd hand bookshop and its rare to find one of those, let alone one that has a reasonable selection of SF novels. I especially love finding those slim 60s 70s and 80s corgi/orbit books that usually have such fantastic cover art. Its even rarer to find a Harry Harrison novel that i haven't yet read. I was really sad that he left us last year.I also love watching 1970's disaster movies like The Towering Inferno, The Poseiden Adventure, Earthquake, etc Well if you add tho [...]

    2. Why I reread this book: I'm not sure. For some reason I was reminded of it; maybe I saw a reference to it on the web?This isn't great literature, and it seems a bit consciously written (and packaged) to become a bestseller. But I found it compelling reading nonetheless, and I'm absolutely stunned at how many little tidbits I remembered—after all, I only read this once before, and that was thirty-two years ago! Perhaps the golden age of science fiction really is 12 ;-)On the other hand, there [...]

    3. This is a near-future, hard sci-fi story written in 1976. It prominently features some edgy-for-the-1970s concepts, like men and women working together (gasp!) and Russians and Americans working together (double gasp!) Fortunately, after a few chapters it overcomes its self-consciousness about those things and settles into a fairly good, suspenseful story about an orbital solar power generation mission gone badly wrong. It's to Harrison's credit that the mission described, and the technology use [...]

    4. An enjoyable blend of techno thriller and science fiction, dated slightly by elements of the setting and the attitudes of the character. It lacks the Harrison's trademark humour and sense of character, and instead feels like a blockbuster movie in book form - characters are barely developed and formed entirely from tropes and stock, the plot roars on from dramatic scene to dramatic scene without a moment to breath for most of the book. It is still an enjoyable read but not one I think I will eve [...]

    5. A kind of a bit like those seventies disaster movies,Towering Inferno and all that.Well written anyhow and far better than I expected as I remember reading one of this authors'Stainless steel rat' books in my teens and finding it enjoyable yet light.This however has some depth,plenty of turns although does overdo the disaster some times,they seem to go from one crisis to another much like in Dan Brown's books.Bit of a corny ending too in some respects but ultimately not a waste of time.

    6. Cold war feel between the US and USSR, as well as sexism/racism overtones blend into a fiction of real life energy concerns with a smattering of Space Flight gone wrong. Not a very strong piece of work due to the dated feel, though not a bad way to kill some time. Realistic enough for the time period and an attempt to limit too much technical jargon was appreciated.

    7. This book is a real page-turner - as much now as when I bought it in the 1980s. Another good thing is that the technology is not really outdated either. This has inspired me to revisit more of Harry Harrison's books.

    8. This book is amazing. Though certainly dated, concepts in this book ring true today, and in fact, there is a project underway RIGHT NOW for which NASA could have borrowed the pages of this book (right down to being 'nucular' powered. w00t.

    9. The technology is a bit dated but was probably fine when it was written . Otherwise think space disaster movie in print . A good yarn !

    10. One of those novels where some things don't quite make sense until the punch line but a good punch line or two or three! Slow to take off, then very exciting!

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