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Islands in the Sky

Arthur C. Clarke

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Gateway Essentials, Fiction, Science fiction, Science fiction (Children's / Teenage)

When young Roy Malcolm won the aviation quiz contest, his prize should have meant an ordinary sight-seeing jaunt on one of the man-made space stations that circled the earth. But instead the trip turned into a terrifying journey as misadventure after misadventure plagued the artificial satellite. The climatic moment came when one of the crew pushed the wrong button and rocketed the runaway ship into outer space...

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Arthur C. Clarke

Born in Somerset in 1917, but a longtime resident of Sri Lanka, Sir Arthur Clarke is the world's most famous SF writer: author of the scientific paper which established the principle of communications satellites, collaborator with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, and winner of numerous awards for his novels, which include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise.

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