This should be painless. I've been more of a Philip K. Dick fan over the years. There is one Arthur C. Clarke book though, that I have returned to almost annually since it came out : The Songs of Distant Earth. I was suprised to find that it has met mixed reviews over the years. How do other Clarke fans rate this book? reasons? Thank You BTW: I find the book very somber, poetic and touching. A very different SF book.