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This fine but old book of Clarke tells us, this time, about political tensions between Earth and The Federation, which is a coalition of Mars, Venus and a few moons of he outer gas giants. The tension is caused by the need of the federation for heavy elements (Titanium, Uranium etc.) and by the fact that Earth is extremely rich in such elements, and the other planets aren't, but Earth is refusing to let them open mines on its surface, with the excuse that Earth itself is overpopulated and needs all of them. Eventually, it escalates into a minor war that is limited to a single battle. But most of the story is about the main hero, Bertram Saddler, who is sent by an Earth unpopular company to find a spy who was leaking information about development of military technology to the Federation, through an observatory on the moon. As Saddler is getting himself familiar with the new and hostile enviroment on the Moon, the Earth and Federation are preparing to break each other's neck.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a spy/saboteur Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Planet surface, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City Which planet?    -   Earth's Moon Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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