The Deep Range
by Arthur C. Clarke
Review by Bill Johnston

The Deep Range by Arthur Clarke is a non-standard sf plot by one of sf's best classic authors. Some people may not like this book because of it's leaning towards the viewpoint of Greenpeace, but I liked it despite that, probably because of it's distinctiveness.

The story is about sea farming and one man's determination to keep it alive. I guess it can be called more of a collection of shorts than a novel because each incident in the book has it's own climax and resolution. The part which I remember most is at the end and is about a vegetarian group gaining control over the new World Government. The group doesn't want whales to be raised for slaughter and is willing to do anything to bring this about. I don't think I can say anything more without this becoming a political statement, and I certainly don't want that.

I think that I've mentioned recently a couple of Clarke's best novels, but I don't think I've said anything about his short story collections. I don't know what else I can do except to recommend them. They're a bit more than light reading and pretty consistent quality, but the titles are so forgettable that there's no point in listing them here.

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