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The Haunted Stars (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Edmond Hamilton

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It meant little to Robert Fairlie, a serious and dedicated young philologist, that the United States and Soviet Russia were at odds about the Moon. He had little interest in the first rocket landings or the bases that the two nations had established there. And he neither knew nor cared why the Americans would not agree to mutual inspections of these bases.

Yet the Americans had reason enough: and quite unexpectedly, because of his specialised knowledge of languages, he found himself sharing the burden of an incredible secret. For what the American base had yielded was astounding evidence that space had already been conquered many centuries before by a people who had once spanned the stars. There had been machines and destructive weapons beyond the comprehension of present-day scientists which, if knowledge of them fell into the wrong hands, could plunge the world into unutterable chaos.

Fairlie's trip to the closely-guarded rocket base in New Mexico turned out to be only the first step on a fantastic journey amid the unexplored stars to the home-world of the space-conquerors of long ago.

It was a journey into the appalling reality of stellar space still haunted by the past cosmic struggle whose scale in space and time dwarfed the rivalries of tiny Earth's quarreling nations.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 252 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 136
  • Editore: Gateway (25 luglio 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00DS9CR0Q
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  • Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: #317.257 a pagamento nel Kindle Store (Visualizza i Top 100 a pagamento nella categoria Kindle Store)

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5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle an edgy memorable tale 21 gennaio 2007
Di marcabru - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
Edmond Hamilton started out as a pulp sf writer and never entirely shed some of its attributes. That being said, this novel (Haunted Stars) as well as "Star of Life" written around the same time have memorable and believable characters although they are not deeply portrayed (see first sentence). Also, the plots of these books, despite routine elements, are by no means as stereotypical as the first reviewer states - they have a darker tone than many comparable books of the time and what romance and sex is in there is mostly unsentimental and plausible. These books are short enough and cheap enough to try out. I think as many will like them as dislike them.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Memorable SF Classic! 2 giugno 2005
Di Mr D. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Many years ago when I was a teenager I strictly read science fiction novels, many by the well reputed giants of the craft, names like Heinlein, Asimov, Clark, Van Vogt and Simak. One very consistent SF writer that I always thought was as good but never got the recognition some of the others got was Edmond Hamilton.

His book, The Haunted Stars has stayed with me through the years and so I picked up and read a used copy of it last month. First published in 1962, writing styles have morphed over the years and with the advent of the word processor, novels became longer but this 159 page novel still stands on it's own. This book was written during the cold war and it reflects a competition between those conflicting ideologies.

America and the Soviet Union have both reached the moon, albeit in separate missions landing in different locations. Both are setting up bases for lunar exploration but American explorers stumble across a lunar space station which is intact but has been damaged by a space battle. There are no corpses, no weapons, no spaceships. The only thing they know is that the station is its age - thirty thousand years old! Older that the recorded history of mankind.

The Americans see this discovery as a way to get a leg up on the Soviets. They create, as quickly as possible, an interstellar ship, by combining technology they find at the station with what they already know. Then they send a small crew on a mission to a portion of space that has been ascertained as the home solar system of those who built the Lunar Space Station.

They know not, what they'll find when they get there, if they get there, but what they do find is certainly not what they expected.


The Haunted Stars is one of the few books that I have gone back and read, which was as good as I remember. In 1962, when Haunted Stars was written, The Lord of the Rings had recently been published and the Fantasy genre, which later seemed to decimate the sci-fi genre had yet to become established. Then science fiction meant science fiction and most sci-fi novels took place in space, or in the future.

These were heady formative times for science fiction and some of the great science fiction of all time were penned in the fifties and sixties: Frank Herbert's masterpiece - Dune, Issac Asimov's classics - Foundation and Robot series, Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and many more. Of course everyone has read Arthur Clarke's 2001 Space Odyssey or seen the movie but he wrote a dozen good books before that 1968 publication including the classic - Childhoods End.

I enjoy a good fantasy novel but it seems everybody is writing Fantasy now and hardly anyone is writing good science fiction anymore.

Haunted Stars is a short concise novel of only 159 pages. It is a quick read but the characters, mostly out of necessity, are not well developed. This is something that have noticed in older books, which tended to be shorter. Either the story was shorter of there was much less detail. Of course now days we are spoiled since with the advent of word processors and computer a four hundred page book is now the norm instead of the rare exception. I have read three books by Edmund Hamilton and though the plots and stories are great, his writing is succinct and to the point, without much humor. This particular book which actually attempts to explore a possibility for the beginnings of the human race is a very well done captivating read which I heartily recommend.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Recollections of my youth 6 maggio 2010
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
As a teenager, I too read a lot of Heinlein, Norton, and many of the greats.
I've never figured out why, but this is one of those books (along with Starship Troopers, and The Lensmen Series)that I never get tired of reading. I had given my original copy away many years ago and then started wishing I hadn't. Thank goodness for the Internet and Amazon! I was able to find a copy in good shape and restore this short but delightful book to my collection.

Is it Grade AAA writing? No... the book is somewhat dated but so what? Its still a good yarn and with all the renewed interest in "Ancient Astronauts" and such, it makes you wonder once again... "Where did we come from?"

I recommend this book for anyone with an hour or two to kill who wants to forget his/her troubles and escape into a pretty good (if dated)Sci-Fi yarn!

Just my two cents.....
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4.0 su 5 stelle A thoughtful & sobering adventure 15 dicembre 2010
Di William Timothy Lukeman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina rigida|Acquisto verificato
It's true that Edmond Hamilton began as a pulp writer -- but there were strengths in that sort of background, and they come to the fore in this short, moody novel. By the time he wrote it, Hamilton had matured, both as a writer & as a human being, becoming more reflective & perhaps a bit more melancholy. All of that is brought to a fine focus in these pages.

The story: humanity has discovered the ruins of a vast fortress on the Moon, dating back some 30,000 years. It soon becomes apparent that the aliens who built it were our own ancestors, and that humanity is descended from a once-proud starfaring race. But what happened to them? Who destroyed that fortress & plunged the human colony on Earth back into ignorance & savagery?

Enough equipment has survived to enable the building of a starship, and an expedition to the alien homeworld is soon launched. But what humanity eventually finds there is far different from what they'd expected. It's ultimately an existential shock, one that forces them -- and the reader! -- to take a cold hard look at human nature & human frailty.

This is a clear-eyed, decidedly unromantic portrait of the human hunger to conquer & possess, one that remains all too relevant today. A look at the nightly news is all the reminder you need that Hamilton was writing something eternally & sadly truthful about us. Highly recommended!
2.0 su 5 stelle Dated, routine, pulpy Cold War SF adventure. 1.6 stars 20 settembre 2006
Di Peter D. Tillman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
This dated, routine, pulpy SF adventure relates the discovery of an ancient ruined spaceport on the Moon. A crack linguistic team has a surprisingly easy time translating the 'alien' language -- it's similar to Sumerian. Shortly afterwards, an exploration team is racing towards Altair, the home of the Vanryn, in a rapidly-reproduced Vanryn starship. Oh, and those Vanryn turn out to be regular homo saps, defeated by the the powerful, shadowy Llorn way back when....

The SF Encyclopedia rates this as Hamilton's best novel, which is why I hunted down a copy. I found it pretty bad: clichee'd, predictable, overwrought and pulpy. At least it's short. I don't think I'd have much liked it in the 60's, either. Not recommended.

Happy reading (something else?),
Peter D. Tillman

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