The Black Cloud

The Black Cloud

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 02/09/2010
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A 1959 classic 'hard' science-fiction novel by renowned Cambridge astronomer and cosmologist Fred Hoyle. Tracks the progress of a giant black cloud that comes towards Earth and sits in front of the sun, causing widespread panic and death. A select group of scientists and astronomers - including the dignified Astronomer Royal, the pipe smoking Dr Marlowe and the maverick, eccentric Professor Kingsly - engage in a mad race to understand and communicate with the cloud, battling against trigger happy politicians. In the pacy, engaging style of John Wyndham and John Christopher, with plenty of hard science thrown in to add to the chillingly credible premise (he manages to foretell Artificial Intelligence, Optical Character Recognition and Text-to-Speech converters), Hoyle carries you breathlessly through to its thrilling end.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141196404
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 168g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm

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The Black Cloud
Excellent science and a thrilling story
I read this after reading the blog on the Penguin Classics website and then discussing it with my Dad, it was one of the first science fiction books he rea... READ MORE
Julia Rabbitts
The Black Cloud
Lacking emotional engagement.
This novel may share many of the ingredients of a Wells or Wyndham classic, but it lacks that indefinable skill in the writing that such authors possessed.... READ MORE
Andrew Hammond