The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke kindle ã eBook 9780312878603

eBook The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke

The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke kindle ã eBook 9780312878603 ¸ ➹ [Read] ➵ The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke By Arthur C. Clarke ➼ – Author of 2001 A Space Odyssey Childhood's End The City and the Stars and the Hugo and Nebula Award winning RenHlight 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 ti Included storiesTravel by WireHow We Went to MarsRetreat From EarthReverieThe AwakeningWhackyLoopholeRescue PartyTechnical ErrorCastawayThe Fires WithinInheritanceNightfallHistory LessonTransienceThe Wall of DarknessThe Lion of ComarreThe Forgotten EnemyHide and SeekBreaking StrainNemesisGuardian AngelTime's ArrowA Walk in the DarkSilence PleaseTrouble With the NativesThe Road to the SeaThe SentinelHoliday on the MoonEarthlightSecond DawnSuperiority'If I Forget Thee Oh Earth'All the Time in the WorldThe Nine Billion Names of GodThe PossessedThe ParasiteJupiter FiveEncounter In the DawnThe Other TigerPublicity CampaignArmaments RaceThe Deep RangeNo Morning AfterBig Game HuntPatent PendingRefugeeThe StarWhat Goes UpVenture to the MoonThe PacifistThe Reluctant OrchidMoving SpiritThe Defenestration of Ermintrude InchThe Ultimate MelodyThe Next TenantsCold WarSleeping BeautySecurity CheckThe Man Who Ploughed the SeaCritical MassThe Other Side of the SkyLet There Be LightOut of the SunCosmic CasanovaThe Songs of Distant EarthA Slight Case of SunstrokeWho's There?Out of the Cradle Endlessly OrbitingI Remember BabylonTrouble With TimeInto the CometSummertime on IcarusSaturn RisingDeath and the SenatorBefore EdenHateLove that UniverseDog StarMaelstrom IIAn Ape About the HouseThe Shining OnesThe SecretDial F For FrankensteinThe Wind from the SunThe Food of the GodsThe Last CommandLight of DarknessThe Longest Science fiction Story Ever ToldPlaybackThe Cruel SkyHerbert George Morley Roberts Wells Es CrusadeNeutron TideReunionsTransit of EarthA Meeting With Medusauarantine'siseneG'The Steam powered Word ProcessorOn Golden SeasThe Hammer of GodThe Wire ContinuumImproving the Neighbourhood

Arthur C. Clarke Ó The Collected Stories of Arthur C Clarke book

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 Eart A collection of stories of Arthur C Clarke in chronological order from the early 40’s until his death in 2000As part of the Big Three in sciencefiction Arthur C Clarke has left us an extensive oeuvre In this book all his short stories are assembled and it gives a good overview of the themes that he used The exploration and conuest of the solar system and the stars is mixed with evolution of the humans and its place amongst the stars All in all for someone with a taste for sciencefiction a must readAccording to the authorScience fiction is something that could happen but usually you wouldn't want it to Fantasy is something that couldn't happen though often you only wish that it could

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The Collected Stories of Arthur C ClarkeAuthor 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 There are over 100 stories in this impressive collection ranging from 1937 aged 20 to 1999 aged 82 but the golden age of Clarke as a short story writer starts in the second half of the 1940s and ends in the early 1960s The falling off is not a matter of ability since he could pull off some excellent work when he wanted to later in life but lack of will in this medium By the mid 1960s he had made his name was living well basking in adulation and could concentrate on enjoying life and consultingOf course the classic novels are of eual importance and these did continue well into the 1990s so to some extent what we see is as much about the decline of the short story based science fiction magazine as anything else In the 1970s he is writing for Playboy than the fansFortunately the vast bulk of stories in this collection come from this long Golden Age and only 11 or so stories are from after 1970 and some of those are good The stories of the late 1940s 1950s and early 1960s are however fascinating partly because what comes across is both Clarke the Briton and Clarke the Humanist And of course he remained busy on books and influencing popular culture there was certainly no falling off of the intellectThere is material here for a major study of the relationship between scientific aspiration a declining Britain and a rising America but this is not the place suffice it to say that Clarke's slightly outsider status as genre writer perhaps as gay as creative provides major insights hereThere are themes of course There are surprisingly few references to aliens or alien perspectives though there are some The corpus concentrates above all on human aspirations and human reactions human follies and human courage Of course he cannot write well about women though he adapts well to changing s in his last years Clarke is nothing if not open minded but he can write brilliantly about the heroic engineer in ways that would do credit to the Soviet traditionIndeed it is clear that he refuses to demonise Sovietism throughout while remaining someone who clearly loves America His stance seems to be one of continuous humanistic scientific optimism and that there is no reason why capitalists and communists cannot share eually in what is to comeOne repeated theme is the scientist engineer or the practical pilot or worker faced with mortality there are as likely as not to be no last minute rescues and choosing existentially just to finish the job to provide that extra bit of knowledge for the species in its flight to the starsWe should also note that Clarke is always a hard science writer The fact that the predictions may not always come true he often gets the idea right but not the timing is irrelevant most of what he proposes is not at the time of writing impossible or truly fantasticHis attitude to the paranormal was famously open minded that possibility in science fiction can permit strange things if it can be rationally drawn from what is known the classic 'magic as undiscovered science' meme but there is very little of that in these stories All is scienceIt is no accident that the penultimate collaboration is with Stephen Baxter another fine British hard science fiction writer in a superb piece of alternate history that plays brilliantly with Clarke's 'pseudo weaknesses' and shows them to be imaginative strengthsIn The Wire Continuum Baxter since one suspects he is driving the narrative here pays tribute to Clarke by taking the latter's first ever story about teleportation and creating from it a structured alternate history as if Clarke's mentality had been true to actual historyIn this case Baxter has used something that is impossible or fantastic teleportation but the way it is 'played' acts as beautiful counterpoint to the hard science shining a light on Clarke's themes in a way that can only be understood if you had read the preceding 948 pagesPerhaps roughly a uarter of the stories are to be regarded as humorous in a rather 'jolly jape' English academic sort of way exemplified by those collected as Tales from the White Hart' centred around its engineer scientist Harry Purvis whose tall tales all seem to be based on hard scienceThese Tales are early stuff but very well crafted with a distinctive style including at one point a classic of the 'perfect murder' genre They reflect the clubbability and conviviality of the early science fiction community in London Later humour may often be heavy handedThere are too many stories here to comment on any in particular There are very few duds Some are undoubted literary masterpieces Most will stand the test of time and give insights not just into the man but his time Some became the basis of books and famously filmsThe abiding images he leaves are two fold the word painting of other worlds mostly in our own solar system so that you feel rightly or wrongly that 'you have been there' and of a sense of the heroic of men for whom knowledge and discovery are greater than life itselfPersonally I am less simpatico with this progressive heroism in reality but only a philistine would not see its beauty aesthetically much as even an atheist can see the beauty in a Baroue martyrdom or hear the beauty in a seventeenth century religious cantata The age of heroes is probably now dead even though the space travel exponents who I tend to support for practical reasons rel