The Black Cloud, by Fred Hoyle

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The Black Cloud, by Fred Hoyle

Postby Omphalos » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:46 am

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Something is about to happen, Hal. Something wonderful!

-James C. Harwood, Science Fiction Writer, Straight (March 5, 1956 - May 25, 2010)



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Postby Himachil » Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:28 am

Picked up a really nice old copy of this a couple of months back - Consider it shuffled to the top of the pile.
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Postby Himachil » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:01 pm

Great review - pretty much hits the nail on the head.

Just finished it - and it's definitely worth a gander. Thanks for the shuffle advice :D
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Postby Omphalos » Wed Oct 01, 2008 2:08 pm

Himachil wrote:Great review - pretty much hits the nail on the head.

Just finished it - and it's definitely worth a gander. Thanks for the shuffle advice :D


No problem. I really love books like this. John Wyndman wrote a bunch of them too, where some catastrophe occurs and the British protagonist not only keeps a stiff upper lip, but makes the best of a horrible situation. They are just pleasant reads, but deal with some really great issues.

Also, for some reason this book and another one called "No Heaven for Gunga Din" bring the most people by far into my web page from search engines. Do you know if Nortonstowe is a real place?
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Postby Himachil » Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:07 pm

I've only read Triffids so far, but do have a stack of Wyndham books I'm meaning to read at some point.

I really though Nortonstowe did exist - it's the sort of place that could so easily exist, and it might. But I've had a bit of a search and I don't think it does. Which is a shame - I like visiting places in books (I walked past London University and then shot an invisible triffid with my sketchbook/triffid gun in Russell Square a few years ago... which was more fun that it probably should have been :))
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Postby Omphalos » Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:21 pm

then shot an invisible triffid with my sketchbook/triffid gun in Russell Square a few years ago


You should post that. Id be interested in seeing it.

Ive looked on line too, and can find nothing save for references to this book. I ask because I get so many people surfing in looking for "Nortonstowe" that I though it might be a resort or something. If its not, then this book is much more popular than I thought.
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