SF Masterwork of the Week: A Fall of Moondust

Arthur C. Clarke was renowned for his Big Ideas.  From the aeon-spanning future history of The City and the Stars to the transcendent glory of 2001: A Space Odyssey via nothing less than the destiny of the human race in Childhood’s End, it sometimes felt like Clarke’s canvas was as large as the universe itself. But some of his best work was done on a quieter, much more human scale,  like the future political Earthlight – and our current Masterwork of the Week . . .

Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment.

A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival, A Fall of Moondust is a tour-de-force of psychological suspense and sustained dramatic tension by the field’s foremost author.


A Fall of Moondust is available as an SF Masterworks paperback and an SF Gateway eBook. You can find more of Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s work via his author page on the SF Gateway website and read more about him in his entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.