The Songs of Distant Earth Author:Arthur C. Clark Book is missing its dust jacket, which includes blurb. A portion of the Author's Note (forward) follows: — This Novel is based on an idea developed almost thirty years ago in a short story of the same (now in my collection "The Other Side of the Sky"). However, this version was directly - and negatively - inspired by the recent rash of space-op... more »eras on TV and movie screen . . .
Please do not misunderstand me: I have enormously enjoyed the best of "Star Trek" and the Lucas/Spielberg epics, to mention only the most famous examples of the genre. . . .
In the last decade, there has also been a significant, and rather surprising, change in the attitude of scientist toward the problem of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. The whole subject did not become respectable . . . until the 1960's . . .« less