Here is a book that does exactly what it says, presents completely and in chronological order The Collected Stories
of Arthur C Clarke. From Travel By Wire
(1937) to Improving the Neighbourhood
(1999), 104 stories fill this 966 page monolith of great science fiction. There is a forward by Clarke, first publication and collection details are noted, and most of the stories have a short introduction by their author.
Previously uncollected tales range from How We Went to Mars (1938) to The Wire Continuum (1997), cowritten by Stephen Baxter with whom Clarke collaborated on The Light of Other Days (2000). There are ingenious jokes such as Quarantine, displaying a sense of humour which will surprise those who think of Clarke only as the sober visionary behind 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Here too are The Sentinel and Breaking Strain, both of which provided inspiration for that film, together with such unforgettably haunting classics as The Nine Billion Names of God, Transience and The Star. Indeed, for a man considered the prophet of the modern technological age, coupled with all the scientific ingenuity and adventure there is a deep thread of essentially English melancholy, a love of nature and a lucid sense of cosmic sadness to Clarke's finest interplanetary tales. This is not just a perfect companion to the author's massive collection of non-fiction, Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!, but an essential addition to every reader's library. Clarke's best stories are among the finest ever written in any genre, now collected in an anthology as definitive as it is possible to get.--Gary S Dalkin
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The definitive collection of short stories from the century¿s greatest science fiction writer.