Songs of Distant Earth Book Summary and Study Guide

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Loren Lorenson is a refugee from a destroyed earth. aboard the Starship Magellan, the last to flee the solar-system before its sun goes nova, the lucky few who were given a place in her berths observe the demise of the Earth before entering hibernation for the decades long journey to a new home.
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    In order to make the journey in safety Magellan huddles behind a debris shield made of ice. The shield however would not survive the entire journey and must be replenished from a convenient source. The planet Thalassa would serve well as a way station for the crew to disembark for a few weeks on a world that though colonised long ago had been silent for generations and was believed to be no longer inhabited. On arrival the crew discovers that far from being extinct the human colony has flourished in its own modest way in the idyllic climate of the planets three islands. In order to cause minimal disruption to the native culture the crew sent to Thalassa is quartered separately and the ice producing plant is placed on a distant shore. Despite the enforced separation the planetside crew builds many friendships and Loren falls in love.
    Mirissa Leonidas is a "Thalassan" and though in a comfortable relationship she falls for the strapping Earthling.
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A ship full of refugees fron the exploding solar system arrives at a small isolated colony world, where they proceed to not do much of anything except for get laid by promiscuous natives and pontificate incessantly about religion and philosophy. The characters are hard to care for and theres no real plot. This one is only for die-hard Clarke fans.
The review of this Book prepared by Will B.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   love triangle/polygon Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   60's-90's


Terrain    -   Water Spaceship setting:    -   really, really giant spaceship/station A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   primitive aliens Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation    -   a fair amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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