Arthur C. Clarke
- Title: The Ghost From The Grand Banks
- Author: Arthur C. Clarke
- ISBN: 9780575049062
- Page: 349
- Format: Hardcover
It is 2010 In two years time it will be the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic Two of the world s most powerful corporations race to raise the vessel but there are other powers at work, and chaos theory comes into play as plans progress and six preserved bodies are found This novel incorporates two of Arthur C.Clarke s passions deep sea exploration and futureIt is 2010 In two years time it will be the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic Two of the world s most powerful corporations race to raise the vessel but there are other powers at work, and chaos theory comes into play as plans progress and six preserved bodies are found This novel incorporates two of Arthur C.Clarke s passions deep sea exploration and future technology in a fast moving tale of mysetry and adventure As operations proceed, the perfectly preserved body of a beautiful girl is found She was not on the ship s passenger lists The quest to uncover the secrets of the wreck and reclaim her becomes an obsession d for some, a fatal one.
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Once upon a time there was a great author named Arthur C. Clarke who wrote some of the most incredible books. Then in the early 80's he was kidnapped and replaced by a moron who was only capable of writing trash. That is the only explantion for this book. A lot science that had nothing to do with the supposed storyline, and details about the sexual deviancies of many of the charaters that did nothing for the story. So sad that Clarke lost it.
I consider myself a fan of Arthur C. Clarke, but somehow I wasn't aware The Ghost From the Grand Banks existed until I found an ebook containing this and his classic The Deep Range. What both books have in common and makes them fitting to be grouped together is that both are works of science fiction dealing with exploration--of the oceans. It seems there are millions of books about space exploration, but I can't think of anyone, other than Clarke, Frank Herbert and Verne who have used exploratio [...]
It pains me to give this novel two stars. I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece, but I was hoping for more than I got. I had greater difficulty getting into The Ghost from the Grand Banks than any other stand-alone Arthur C. Clarke novel I’ve read. There is a certain dryness to all of Clarke’s books. However, as I scribbled in the margin, this is “a chronically dry novel steeped in anticlimax.” This book has several good moments, a couple of great ones; however, I can’t think of any chara [...]
I wanted to read this because it involved the Titanic and I was going through 'that kind of phase' at the time. It involved more than just that of course and I enjoyed it very much. It was a new type of idea for sci-fi for me that didn't involve spaceships and aliens, more a near-futuristic feel which I appreciate more :)
At this time of year, towards Christmas, I find myself wanting to read some Arthur C Clarke. It’s a boyhood thing: Sir Arthur’s books were one of my first loves of SF, and I would eagerly read and reread his tales as the nights drew in.These days the nostalgia is further tempered with the sad fact that I am unlikely to read new material – unless there’s something hidden away in the Clarkives. There’s been nothing since his death in 2008, and no solo material since 1996 to my knowledge. [...]
Reading science fiction portrayals of a future that is now technically in the past is always an interesting experience. Where the author manages to make accurate predictions, one sometimes has to wonder if the prediction wasn’t self-fulfilling, in that it created the idea that inspired the development itself. In this case, though, Clarke was only reaching two decades ahead, from 1990 to 2010, and therefore didn’t feel the need to make any extreme extrapolations. As a result, while he missed [...]
It's always interesting to read books that take place in a future that is now the past. Granted, this one has a much shorter timeframe - it was written in 1990 and takes place in 2010 - so things aren't all that far off, but the differences are more noticeable for it. I wonder how the story would have changed had Clarke envisioned smart phones. I was especially amused to read about the couple who made their fortune "sanitizing" old movies by removing all evidence of cigarettes. Anyway, this is a [...]
A speculative fiction book written in 1990, set on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. I should have read this last year!Apart from Rama, this is the only Clarke I have read and I like them. They are by no means masterworks or well-written but I love the science and speculation of his style. He is a great logical dreamer.The characters are merely pawns to tell the story and put forward great ideas. The story itself is just a "wouldn't it be great if". But I loved learning about the Man [...]
.whaaaaaat?Well, I was really enjoying all the various elements of this story--the opposing teams working to bring the two halves of the Titanic up from it's (perhaps not so) final resting place, the Mandelbrot set, a giant octopus, windshields that repel rain with high frequency vibrations instead of wipers--and looking forward to finding out how on earth they would all fit together. Sadly, though, they justdidn't. At least not well. And then the end happened, andI mean, huh? I guess maybe Clar [...]
Ok , a good rule of thumb for sci-fi is you can't go wrong with Arthur :pretty much holds true for this.The story is set in 2012 , & concerns ambitious plans to raise the Titanic . Sir Arthur C loved his diving & underwater expeditions , & his enthusiasm for this - & working out the theoretical answer to "just how do you raise the Titanic?" shows through .Reminds me quite a bit of "The Fountains of Paradise" , as it's the story of the engineering project , which is really the mai [...]
A pretty awful book in almost every respect. Profoundly bad pacing, indistinguishable characters, a nice dash of sexism here and there, and some moments that make the old Batman movie's "Shark Repellent" look entirely plausible. Other than the cockamamie plans to raise the Titanic, which are absolutely absurd, there's also a lot of bad science scattered here and there. For instance, there's the notion that the Titanic is draped in weeds, even though she's located at 12,500 feet. In short, ugh.
While not Clarke's best work it's interesting to see the technological predictions. The book was written in 1991 and is set in the present day. This was before things such as twitter or skype and yet Clarke mentions very similar things with startling accuracy.
all about the beauty of fractals
What a mess. This is the penultimate novel ACC wrote without Gentry Lee, and it appears with it he has hit his own metaphoric iceberg and sunk to the bottom. What is the iceberg? Hubris? Lack of care? Needing to bang out a book to make a buck? Losing it mentally? Whatever it was that sunk his ability to write a coherent, much less good, novel, it certainly is shocking. I almost wonder if this was partially ghost written, it is so bad.Why is bad? Here are some ways. First of all--ACC is fond of u [...]
It was ok to read, alhtough the end was disappointing, actually there was no grand finale at all. I have enjoyed Clarke's early works a lot more. The book was published in 1990, when everybody was fascinated by fractals, including Clarke. Furthermore, Clarke's attitude towards some things (like technological progress, enviromentalism and oil industry) seemed like a blast from the past, but it's understandable when you think he was born in 1917.
I stopped reading at about 30 pages from the end. This is the worst written Clarke novel I've ever read. The idea behind the book is very good and so are a lot of the technical ideas that are described but never is there even the slightest hint of being pulled into the story. I hate to say it but this book is a waste of time.
I didn't enjoy this book very much. It wasn't awful, but I didn't really like it much either. I found myself skimming a lot of it and didn't care very much about any of the characters. I picked it up in the library mainly because it was an Arthur C Clarke book, and after reading and enjoying 2001: A Space Odyssey I expected it to be good based upon the author. It's not something I would read again and I'm glad it was a library book and not a book that I bought.
Ghost from the Grand Banks (fiction/novel) Arthur C. Clarke - interesting twist on raising the Titanic.
I expected a bit more science fiction with my science here. It was good in terms of science and explanation but overall it was not what I was expecting. That's why I only gave it a 3.
As you will have no doubt heard, this year marks the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic. The sinking of the ship has inspired numerous movies, books and believe it or not at least one science fiction novel. The science fiction novel in question is The Ghost From The Grand Banks, a 1990 novel from one of the masters of the genre, Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke sets the novel during the years leading up to 2012 as two different groups (one led by inventor Roy Emmerson, the other by computer geniuse [...]
Another good story from Arthur Clarke brought me into the world of the Titanic. Two large corporations want to raise sections of the Titanic on the centennial of its sinking (2012) for different purposes. Of course both want to make money and generate huge news coverage, but their ultimate plans are different. Parkinson's of London engages a noted scientist (Roy Emerson) who was a one-hit wonder when he developed a revolutionary new windshield wiper blade. He is there for political reasons more [...]
A deeply curious read. Enthralling and disappointing in equal measure. Fascinating to see (and thereby remember) just how far off and technologically distant 2012 felt in 1990 - when thinking nowadays are not much different to back then, but realising there is indeed a big difference in some respects (mobile phones, internet, the climate change 'debate'), yet you can't help feeling Clarke himself doesn't quite believe-in all of his 'predictions' - they are only ever 'possibilities' which he has [...]
Probably a 3.5
i was actually dissapointed when i realized that " the ghost from the grand banks" is the ship "titanic". when i started to read this book i imagined a journey within the depths of seas, something like captain Nemo in "20.000 leagues under the sea". instead, i found a book with an abundance of math (lucky me that i could read regardless of math refferences and i carried on with the story). Unfortunatelly, my copy, translated in romanian containes so much errors (such a dumb editor i don't think [...]
Ho, hum Nothing to write home about. Arthur Clarke was "out of his depth" on this one.
I struggled with this which is a shame as I have read very little by this author and yet so far the little I have read has been worth it.The characterisation within this novel is where I first struggled.e science within it is all perfectly well researched as you would expect.There was one point early on when a stereotypical hero was being spoken to by a barely disguised Prince Phillip before a humanitarian ridding of a giant octopuswithin the text the Prince extols the beauty of such a rare beas [...]
Arthur C Clarke, I felt, was someone everyone serious about books should read. Not sure why. I chose this tome and it was absolutely average. Slight, or maybe shallow, given the subject, is how I'd describe it. Easy to read, a testament to the style, but so little to really grab you. It struck me as if this was something he'd written in a week, and that he was more interested in the research behind it than the novel itself. Basically, it's a "raise the Titanic" story, and Clarke admits to having [...]
I never liked Clarke as much as Heinlein or Asimov. Clarke's books -- while brainy and forward-thinking (anticipating satellite communications, to wit) -- always tasted a little flat to me. Ghost From the Grand Banks actually broke that mold and pleased me quite a bit. the story moved, the characters were interesting, and I look forward to seeing how it would end. The pleasure was cut short because the ending was so disappointing. I won't write any spoilers, but to me the ending was a non-ending [...]
It is 2007 and several companies are in a race to raise the Titanic in time for the 100 anniversary of its sinking. Divers, mathematicians, business heads and others are enlisted to lend their skills to the big event. There are so many characters it is hard to keep track of each of them, especially in the beginning. Luckily the chapters are short and easy to read (except for the long explanations of math, which went completely over my head). But the shortcomings are more than made up for by the [...]
It is probably 20 years since I read 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke and, in all honesty, I don't know that I would have picked this up if it weren't for the fact that Mrs Uncruliar thought it looked like 'my kind of book'.The opening chapters introduce the major characters in the story. Since they have little or nothing in common at this stage of the book this constitutes a series of apparently unrelated chapters. Eventually they all become involved in the quest to raise the Titanic from the seabed in [...]
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