The Black Cloud

  • by Fred Hoyle
  • Narrated by Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins (Introduction)
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Richard Dawkins Recommends this science-fiction classic, in which an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, blocks the sun, and threatens to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.BONUS AUDIO: In an exclusive introduction, evolutionary biologist and best-selling author Richard Dawkins explains why he considers The Black Cloud, written by the late astrophysicist Fred Hoyle, to be "one of the greatest works of science fiction ever written".

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Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!

If you could sum up The Black Cloud in three words, what would they be?

Grounded hard sci-fi.


What did you like best about this story?

The twist...


Which scene was your favorite?

The description of the cloud's effects on the earth: sci-fi writers usual stuff up the details (because what they write is usually just fantasy in space) but Hoyle brings his enormous learning and knowledge to bear and the results are awesome.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When space came down to Earth (?)


Any additional comments?

The Black Cloud is possibly too dry for anyone without a real interest in science, and probably too intellectually demanding for those who just want cliched heroics and explosions every 10 minutes...

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- Mark

EXCELLENT - despite it's age

I was strongly recommended to read this one, by my husband (astrophysicist) who has read it in 1960s and by Richard Dawkins' page. I do not regret. It is splendid, wonderful and SO full of knowledge - and I lked the strongly atheistic side of the book as well. A wonderful read, much more worth reading than "average" sci-fic. books. But I must adnit, I am a physicist and an atheist.
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- Alexa

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-29-2009
  • Publisher: Audible Studios