The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Language: English

Pages: 976

ISBN: 0312878605

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

Language: English

Pages: 976

ISBN: 0312878605

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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would it take the ‘Canopus’ to travel four miles? He doubted if man could measure so short an interval of time. And how many trillions of miles had he, Robert Armstrong, travelled in his life? It must have reached a staggering total by now, for in the last twenty years he had scarcely stayed more than a month at a time on any single world. This very year, he had twice made the crossing of the Galaxy, and that was a notable journey even in these days of the phantom drive. He tripped over a loose

has explained them to me once, the scientific principles involved escape my simple mind…. However, who am I to match my brains against the intellects responsible for “Captain Zoom”? I can only report what the ray was supposed to do, not how it did it. It was to start a chain reaction in the atmosphere of our unfortunate planet, making the nitrogen and the oxygen in the air combine – with highly deleterious effects to terrestrial life. ‘I’m not sure whether to be sorry or glad that Solly left all

die, as nations and cultures have done on Earth. But to be destroyed so completely in the full flower of its achievement, leaving no survivors – how could that be reconciled with the mercy of God? My colleagues have asked me that, and I have given what answers I can. Perhaps you could have done better, Father Loyola, but I have found nothing in the Exercitia Spiritualia that helps me here. They were not an evil people: I do not know what gods they worshipped, if indeed they worshipped any. But I

second question. Then the prosecution’s spokeman waved one of the pieces of copper tubing in the air. ‘What function did these carry out?’ he said, in as nasty a tone of voice as he could manage. Harry affected not to notice the sneer. ‘Manometer tubing for the pressure gauges,’ he replied promptly. The Bench, it was clear, was already far out of its depth. This was just where Harry wanted it to be. But the prosecution still had one card up its sleeve. There was a furtive whispering between

months. Perhaps even now she was watching some BBC broadcast of the Moonwalk, commentated by James Burke, Patrick Moore and Isaac Asimov. Or perhaps not. The new developments being opened up by the billions of sterling dollars poured by the Wire corporations into quantum studies – there was talk of quantum computers, even of some kind of Dan Dare starship motor – more than absorbed Max’s attention now. Forbes found it all baffling, and rather spooky. The quantum computers, for instance, were

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