This book was written in 1947 when Clarke was on his summer holiday from King's College. It's an interesting piece of propaganda, set 30 years in the future when man is planning his first trip to the moon (using atomic rockets). The book itself is partly fascinating and partly dull. It's an interesting glimpse to see what people thought the future would be like, and what was thought to inspire the rocket engineers of the future. The problem as it's more propaganda than novel there is no real characterisation, the main character is there for people to explain things too. The other HUGE problem with this book is that there is not one woman in the whole thing! I would have thought that Clarke, hoping to inspire people, would have thought to encourage women too! It's not like women scientists were unheard of in his day, particularly at King's where many women scientists had made quite interesting and important discoveries!
Still it was interesting to see what was important, focusing on the take off of the rocket, not the actual mission, the moon landing is left unwritten.
Overall it was ok, but not something I have any desire to re-read....Continua