The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.
©1977 James Patrick Hogan (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Pure science fiction…Arthur Clarke, move over!” (Isaac Asimov)
“Hard science fiction with a lovely vengeance but done so well that almost no scientific background is needed to understand and enjoy it…Highly recommended.” (Analog)
“Intellectual action portrayed as excitingly as any space war - a truly absorbing read and a reminder that learning is one of the greatest human adventures.” (Publishers Weekly)
Discoveries and revelations are cool when done right. Not this time.
This book does it right until half-way through, when it starts to get predictable. The story is focusing too much on a single question/mystery that is not believable to get unanswered for so long, while other much more interesting stuff are briefly done with in a few sentences.
The book is well written and kept me in despite it's flaws in story.
Either would keep you enthralled.
Charlie - what a ride.
I would have liked the mix a British with American accents to make the international flavor of the characters more obvious.
OH YES. This is an old fashioned mystery with science as the tool. My favorite kind of mystery whether Sci-Fi or 1920s.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes to follow the process of investigation through the application of science and imagination.
I read this boot 20 years ago and it was great! I am happy to see Audible has added it to their line up. Now we need the sequels!!
It's about the same. I read the book when it first came out(still have it) and have still enjoyed ti.
a lot of the science fiction of the era when it was written have the same optimism
nothing really he just does not spoil it
no not really
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