A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

One of the 35 e-book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the full Arthur C. Clarke Collection.

Time is operating out for the passengers and group of the vacationer cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar airborne dirt and dust. at the floor, her rescuers locate their assets stretched to the restrict by way of the mercilessly unpredictable stipulations of a unconditionally alien surroundings. A brilliantly imagined tale of human ingenuity and survival, A FALL OF MOONDUST is a tour-de-force of mental suspense and sustained dramatic rigidity via the field's most advantageous writer.

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More lightning, more wind, more rain. Through it all the twelve linked bodies of angry men and burdened animals kept struggling forward. Under ordinary con- ditions, one or two men could have managed six load- beasts easily. But Ben had to admit that whoever had assigned six drivers to this job tonight had known what he was doing. Certainly two or three men would not have been enough to manage it tonight, when lightning and the scent of dragon rode the air together. Radulescu had earlier reassured the drivers, telling them that he had at his command powerful spells, sure to keep the dragon at a distance.

Meanwhile the wind howled continuously and the rain assaulted everything. Ahead of Ben, the soldier leading the first loadbeast was wrapped and plastered like Ben himself in a soggy blue-gold uniform cloak, with a useless helmet drizzling rain into his eyes. Now Ben could hear him loudly calling down the doom of demons and the wrath of gods upon this whole situation- including the high functionaries whose idea it must have been, and who were no doubt somewhere warm and dry themselves this moment.

After that he kept his own head down. The dragon bellowed at Ben. Or, for all he knew, it might be the horned moon that drew its wrath. Stamping with table-sized feet along the brink, it shook down stones and clods of earth. Ben's helmet saved him once from being stunned. The dragon projected fire out into the night. Ben saw the glow on the rocks around him, and he felt the backwash of the heat, as if a door had opened briefly to some tremendous oven. But either the creature could not bend over the cliff far enough to breathe at him directly, or it did not care to try.

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