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The collected stories of Arthur C. Clarke.
Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008.
Uniform Title:
Short stories
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2001.

Physical Description:
x, 966 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
"A Tor book"--T.p. verso.
Travel by wire -- How we went to Mars -- Retreat from Earth -- Reverie -- The awakening -- Whacky -- Loophole -- Rescue party -- Technical error -- Castaway -- The fires within -- Inheritance -- Nightfall -- History lesson -- Transience -- The wall of darkness -- The lion of Comarre -- The forgotten enemy -- Hide and seek -- Breaking strain -- Nemesis -- Guardian angel -- Time's arrow -- A walk in the dark -- Silence please -- Trouble with the natives -- The road to the sea -- The sentinel -- Holiday on the moon -- Earthlight -- Second dawn -- Superiority -- If I forget Thee, Oh Earth... --All the time in the world -- The nine billion names of God -- The possessed -- The parasite -- Jupiter five -- Encounter in the dawn -- The other tiger -- Publicity campaign -- Armaments race -- The deep range -- No morning after -- Big game hunt -- Patent pending -- Refugee -- The star -- What goes up -- Venture to the moon -- The pacifist -- The reluctant orchid -- Moving spirit -- The defenestration of Ermintrude Inch -- The ultimate melody -- The next tenants -- Cold war -- Sleeping beauty -- Security check -- The man who ploughed the sea -- Critical mass -- The other side of the sky -- Let there be light -- Out of the sun -- Cosmic Casanova -- The songs of distant Earth -- A slight case of sunstroke -- Who's there? -- Out of the cradle, endlessly orbiting -- I remember Babylon --

Trouble with time -- Into the comet -- Summertime on Icarus -- Saturn rising -- Death and the Senator -- Before Eden -- Hate -- Love that universe -- Dog star -- Maelstrom II -- An ape about the house -- The shining ones -- The secret -- Dial F for Frankenstein -- The wind from the sun -- The food of the gods -- The last command -- Light of darkness -- The longest science-fiction story ever told -- Playback -- The cruel sky -- Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq. -- Crusade -- Neutron tide -- Reunion -- Transit of Earth -- A meeting with Medusa -- Quarantine -- "siseneG" -- The steam-powered word processor -- On golden seas -- The hammer of God -- The wire continuum (with Stephen Baxter) -- Improving the neighborhood.
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Author of 2001: A Space Odyssey , Childhood's End , The City and the Stars , and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Rendezvous with Rama , Arthur C. Clarke is the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is - with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein - one of the writers who define science fiction in our time. Now Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive, definitive edition of his collected shorter works. From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre," through classics like "The Star," "Earthlight," "The Nine Billion Names of God," and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel, and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey ), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God," this immense volume encapsulates one of the great SF careers of all time.

Author Notes

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset, England, on December 16, 1917. During World War II, he served as a radar specialist in the RAF. His first published piece of fiction was Rescue Party and appeared in Astounding Science, May 1946. He graduated from King's College in London with honors in physics and mathematics, and worked in scientific research before turning his attention to writing fiction.

His first book, Prelude to Space, was published in 1951. He is best known for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was later turned into a highly successful and controversial film under the direction of Stanley Kubrick. His other works include Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, The Garden of Rama, The Snows of Olympus, 2010: A Space Odyssey II, 2062: Odyssey III, and 3001: The Final Odyssey. During his lifetime, he received at least three Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. He died of heart failure on March 19, 2008 at the age of 90.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This may be the single-author sf collection of the decade, even though the decade has barely begun, for it contains all the shorter fiction by Sir Arthur C. Clarke that he wishes to preserve, and he is one of the authentic pioneers and shapers of sf in English. Although most of these stories date from between 1946 and 1970, seven earlier tales, rescued from what would now be called fanzines, extend coverage back to 1937, and a few snippets stretch it toward the present. At least two dozen stories bear titles that are household words among sf readers--"The Sentinel" (progenitor of the 2001 saga), "The Nine Billion Names of God," "The Songs of Distant Earth," etc., not to mention all of the whimsical Tales from the White Hart. The stories demonstrate Clarke's dazzling and unique combination of command of the language, scientific and other kinds of erudition, and inimitable wit. Add early-twentieth-century English philosopher-novelist Olaf Stapledon's influence, which Clarke freely acknowledges, and it is possible to feel that if the term sense of wonder didn't exist, it would have to be now to describe what Clarke's majestic narratives evoke. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

Bringing together more than six decades of sf short stories that have helped to mold the genre, this collection of short fiction by Grandmaster Clarke serves as a definitive example of sf at its best. From such classic tales as "The Nine Billion Names of God" and "The Hammer of God" to lesser-known early tales and everything in between, this collection displays the author's fertile imagination and irrepressible enthusiasm for both good storytelling and impeccable science. With over 100 stories and nearly 1000 pages, this volume by the award-winning author of 2001: A Space Odyssey makes a fine addition to any library's short story or sf collection. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Travel by Wire!p. 1
How We Went to Marsp. 5
Retreat From Earthp. 13
Reveriep. 22
The Awakeningp. 24
Whackyp. 27
Loopholep. 29
Rescue Partyp. 35
Technical Errorp. 56
Castawayp. 69
The Fires Withinp. 75
Inheritancep. 82
Nightfallp. 89
History Lessonp. 92
Transiencep. 99
The Wall of Darknessp. 104
The Lion of Comarrep. 119
The Forgotten Enemyp. 155
Hide-and-Seekp. 160
Breaking Strainp. 169
Nemesisp. 191
Guardian Angelp. 203
Time's Arrowp. 225
A Walk In the Darkp. 236
Silence Pleasep. 244
Trouble With the Nativesp. 253
The Road to the Seap. 263
The Sentinelp. 301
Holiday On the Moonp. 309
Earthlightp. 332
Second Dawnp. 371
Superiorityp. 395
'If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth ...'p. 403
All the Time In the Worldp. 407
The Nine Billion Names Of Godp. 417
The Possessedp. 423
The Parasitep. 428
Jupiter Fivep. 437
Encounter In the Dawnp. 460
The Other Tigerp. 469
Publicity Campaignp. 472
Armaments Racep. 476
The Deep Rangep. 482
No Morning Afterp. 489
Big Game Huntp. 494
Patent Pendingp. 499
Refugeep. 507
The Starp. 517
What Goes Upp. 522
Venture to the Moonp. 530
The Pacifistp. 550
The Reluctant Orchidp. 558
Moving Spiritp. 566
The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inchp. 576
The Ultimate Melodyp. 581
The Next Tenantsp. 587
Cold Warp. 594
Sleeping Beautyp. 600
Security Checkp. 608
The Man Who Ploughed the Seap. 612
Critical Massp. 625
The Other Side of the Skyp. 631
Let There Be Lightp. 647
Out of the Sunp. 652
Cosmic Casanovap. 658
The Songs of Distant Earthp. 664
A Slight Case of Sunstrokep. 687
Who's There?p. 693
Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting ...p. 697
I Remember Babylonp. 702
Trouble With Timep. 711
Into the Cometp. 716
Summertime on Icarusp. 724
Saturn Risingp. 733
Death and the Senatorp. 742
Before Edenp. 758
Hatep. 767
Love That Universep. 779
Dog Starp. 782
Maelstrom IIp. 787
An Ape About the Housep. 798
The Shining Onesp. 804
The Secretp. 817
Dial F For Frankensteinp. 822
The Wind From the Sunp. 828
The Food of the Godsp. 843
The Last Commandp. 847
Light of Darknessp. 849
The Longest Science-fiction Story Ever Toldp. 854
Playbackp. 855
The Cruel Skyp. 858
Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq.p. 873
Crusadep. 875
Neutron Tidep. 879
Reunionp. 881
Transit of Earthp. 883
A Meeting With Medusap. 894
Quarantinep. 928
'siseneG'p. 929
The Steam-powered Word Processorp. 930
On Golden Seasp. 935
The Hammer of Godp. 938
The Wire Continuum (with Stephen Baxter)p. 948
Improving the Neighbourhoodp. 965