I'm not sure I've read a book that conveyed the distilled essence of exploration such as this one. I loved it.
In my ongoing quest to find the origin of the "boy wonder" sub-genre of Science Fiction, this remarkable work by Clarke elevates the genre to a whole new level. As I was reading it I was consistently asking myself, "Can this book really be this good?" In short, it is amazing. One of my new favorites for sure.
Visionary science fiction. An alien arrival with religious overtones forces the reader to question their beliefs in this alternate history of Earth (at least that is how I think of it). By the end, if you're not asking existential questions about humanity and our purpose, then you didn't read it!
I love the cadence of Clark's writing, there's just something very _clear_ about it. That said, this is a decent book but not my favorite from him.