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The Haunted Stars (English Edition) di [Hamilton, Edmond]
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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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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 1515006980
  • Editore: Gateway (25 luglio 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00DS9CR0Q
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4.0 su 5 stelle A thoughtful & sobering adventure 15 dicembre 2010
Di Tim Lukeman - Pubblicato su
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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!
4.0 su 5 stelle An old friend who stands the test of time. 21 novembre 2015
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This novel is an old friend of my Middle School years. My friends and I all read this one then and really liked it. The story is oversimplified in places, but there is still a message here that is worth reading. A few, in fact. Without giving too much away, the story essentially postulates that mankind originated on Earth as colonists from another star system. The old, lost history of the race is the theme of the story, and it is a good story.

This one mostly stands the test of time. While I thought it was great when I was a lad, it still was a good read 50 years later. These old science fiction classics can be a lot of fun! RJB.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A Memorable SF Classic! 2 giugno 2005
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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.
4.0 su 5 stelle The Haunted Stars holds up well 28 febbraio 2016
Di William A Devenney - Pubblicato su
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The Haunted Stars was written many decades ago but it still is a fascinating story. Science and geopolitics have dated it but I found a quick and fun read now just as I did back in the sixties.
4.0 su 5 stelle no suns were sacrificed 25 giugno 2016
Di J. A. Eyon - Pubblicato su
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by 1960 - when this book was published - Edmond Hamilton was in his 50s and - as often happens with advancing age - he had turned pensive - the spacetime-tearing and star-crashing of his gangly years gave way to thoughtful action - and that’s the best descriptive for THE HAUNTED STARS

written in the middle of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States - it was set in 1966 - when the 2 superpowers (in the novel) had begun to settle the Moon - and the Russians had become highly suspicious of what the Americans were up to in their lunar valley

the young linguist who is promised a project at the Smithsonian - instead is jetted to a spaceport in New Mexico - which is nowhere near the Smithsonian - and eventually finds himself on a spacecraft destined for the star system of Altair - which is even farther from the Smithsonian

Hamilton was no scientist - there’s implausibilities thru out - but he was a wordsmith - for Chapter 11 Hamilton trades in his mostly functional and transparent prose for a poetical description of the man's mood swings in preparation for and at the start of the spaceflight - i was enchanted and impressed

the story’s clashes are mostly interpersonal - with a zealously imprudent ex-military man at odds with the contemplative scientific types - (the opposite typecasting would be taking place in the movies of that era) - but there is the promise of a clash on a grander scale

no suns were sacrificed in the making of this novel - the action was plot driven and relatively restrained - there were lapses in tension - and at times the impetus was mired in mud - plus i found frustration with the passivity of the scientists - but - some of the characterizations showed a little more dimension than usual for Hamilton - and in the end - this novel got me thinking

if you like the moralizing touch found a little while later in STAR TREK's very similar stories - or if you’re a Hamilton fan like myself - this is worth the journey
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