A Fall of Moondust
Arthur C. Clarke (1961)

A Fall of Moondust is a hard science fiction novel that was nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Novel, it was the first science fiction novel selected to become a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book.

The plot is about a tour of the moon that has an accident, the cruiser becomes trapped beneath the surface of the moon. Most of the book concerns the rescue attempt. At each stage Clarke explains the science and engineering of the situation and the solutions. Despite a seemingly dry subject, it’s a compelling read.