By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 e-book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the full Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
Time is working out for the passengers and team 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 via the mercilessly unpredictable stipulations of a wholly alien atmosphere. 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 premier writer.
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We must capture a more varied sample of humans," the brain commanded. "We must find a vulnerable leader among them. Send out observers and messengers and action units. " The brain listened then, hearing its orders being obeyed, thinking of the messages being carried off across the distances. Vague frustrations stirred in the brain, needs for which it had no answers. It raised its sensory mask on supporting stalks, formed eyes and focused them upon the cavemouth. Full daylight. Now it could only wait.