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11 Oct 2001 GOLLANCZ S.F.
All of Arthur C. Clarke¿s short stories collected in one volume, beginning with ¿Travel by Wire! ¿, Clarke¿s first ever published short story. A volume which showcases his range and variety, each story a classic example of the unique mixture of speculation and fiction which has made Clarke a household name. This edition is being published in 2001, the year that is synonymous with Clarke¿s visions of the future.

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  • Paperback: 976 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (11 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857983238
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857983234
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The definitive collection of short stories from the century¿s greatest science fiction writer.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best buy ever! 27 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've recently gotten into SciFi and picked this up along with a few other kindle books.
This contains over 100 stories and while I've only made it about 50% through I have been astounded by the foresight of a writer whose stories seem timeless. I haven't found any the felt particularly dated and some seem able to predict the future.

I am an avid reader and the best thing about this collection is that there are so many great stories collected together, it's kept me busy for weeks and I normally finish books in a day.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A display of pure genius. 6 Jan 2005
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Format:Paperback
THE STORY:
Well, there's 104 actually. Ranging from Clarke's first ever published story, 1937's 'Travel By Wire!', right up to 'Improving The Neighbourhood', published in 1999.
WHAT'S GOOD:
Clarke's genius is clearly shown here as we read stories about various things that actually came true years later. For instance, in reading 'The Sentinel' (upon which '2001: A Space Odyssey' was based) his description of the moon's surface is so good that it's hard to believe it was written more that two decades before Armstrong actually got there. In this collection we also see Clarke's creation of what are now common, essential and taken for granted, commercial communications satellites. There's also a great many Harry Purvis stories, in which that colourful character tells stories of his own to argue a point, educate his friends or simply for entertainment. Fans of Clarke's works will also be interested in reading the short stories which went on to become some of the best loved full-length science fiction novels of all time; as I say above 'The Sentinel', 'The Songs Of Distant Earth' and 'The Hammer Of God' among a few others. There's also quite a few brief editorial notes by the man himself, giving anecdotes and the like, which adds a personal touch to the book.
WHAT'S BAD:
In an anthology of more than one hundred stories, there are bound to be some bad ones. On occasion the stories here are either boring or outdated, but I'd say they're still worth reading.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is one fantastic book. It contains every short story ever published by legendary science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke, including some that has not been published since the '30s. Arthur C. Clarke has written a brief foreword to almost all of the stories which are presented in order of publication. From 'Travel by wire' (1937) through 'Improving the neighbourhood' (1999) this is a real treasure. In this collection ACC's visions of the future comes to life like never before. Although some of the stories are a bit dated they are no less fun. And don't worry. All your favorite ACC short stories are here. 'The Sentinel' (the inspiration for 2001), 'Second Dawn', and the short stories that would later become the novels 'Childhood's End', 'Earthlight', 'The Songs of Distant Earth' and 'The Hammer of God' are included. At 970 pages this collection will keep you up many a night. Recommended without reservation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourite books 14 Mar 2012
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I've owned this book in a variety of formats over the years. I love short stories, particularly those of Arthur C Clarke, Stephen King and Roald Dahl. Of those three greats, Clarke is definitely the one that makes me think the most; his stories aren't just entertaining and engaging, they're witty, way ahead of their time, and often motivate me to read further into the science behind the narrative.

I bought the Kindle version of this classic compendium, spanning the author's entire lifetime of short story work, recently, hoping that it'd be a nice way of getting reacquainted with familiar classics that I remembered fondly, as well as enabling me to re-familiarise myself with works that I may have forgotten. I wasn't disappointed. Unlike some other Kindle purchases of classic books I've made, I was delighted to find this particular volume had been expertly-transferred to the Kindle format, with none of the typos, poor formatting, lack of clear fonts and absence of e-book navigational support that some other otherwise worthy classic literary works I've purchased have sadly suffered from.

This book is a great way to pass fifteen minutes before bedtime, a boring train journey, or rainy day. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like well written Sci Fi this is for you.
It was a sheer pleasure to read this (lengthy) collection. In some of the stories you can see the "outlines" of other books, ("The Lion of Comare" is somewhat akin... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. M. A. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction at it's best
VERY LITTLE TO ADD ,,,,,, to any comment to this science fiction at it's very best. A true look through the short stories of Arthur Clarke from my start in life to 'getting on in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by DJohn Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
I haven't read many of them yet, but Arthur Clarke's shorts are witty, fascinating at times and generally entertaining. And this book is packed to the brim with them!
Published 8 months ago by Neil Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book was an excellent read.
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Published 8 months ago by N. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A C Clarke a great read
This book is a great cross section of the master writers work read and enjoy SF with a British feel to it
Published 9 months ago by Tony J
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to have all these stories in one volume.
I've been a fan of Arthur C. Clarke since I was a teenager. I have most of his short stories in paperback form, and have re-read them again and again. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MarkP
4.0 out of 5 stars According to clarke
An excellent anthology,both thought provoking and relaxing.An ideal choice for kindle readings. The final story seems to clarify his pessimism for the human race ie. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eleanore May Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Overlord.
Each craft has its leaders,its masters,its kings.Rarely an enlighted individual emerges that is to be acclaimed emperor,or,even better,overlord.Master of all masters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lazaros K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a journey, a wondrous journey.
I read the Odessy series by Arthur C Clarke when I was in high school, and he was instantly my favourite author. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Minato
4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid bed-time reading
Fascinating to read "futuristic" sci-fi, based upon '50's technology, with Mr Clarke's visions on how things might 'pan out'. I wish I had his breadth of imagination.
Published 13 months ago by Donald A
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