- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: ibooks Inc; New edition edition (15 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743479750
- ISBN-13: 978-0743479752
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,426,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sentinel Mass Market Paperback – 15 Mar 2004
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This version of The Sentinel is subtitled the 2001 Anniversary Edition, and to be pedantic one might ask, what anniversary? Rather more accurately, this is an edition for the intersection of the calendar with SF history, the most memorable date in fiction since 1984. "The Sentinel" is a short story, written in 1948 and only 11 pages long, renowned for providing a starting point for the greatest science fiction film ever made, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey:
So they left a sentinel, one of millions they have scattered throughout the Universe, watching over all the worlds with a promise of life.There are eight other stories, each introduced by the author, who also contributes a substantial forward. The tales, illustrated with 11 excellent full-page black and white drawings by Lebbus Woods, span the length of Clarke's career as a professional short story writer, from 1945's "Rescue Party" to 1971's Nebula Award-winning "A Meeting With Medusa". This story forms a bridge of sorts between 2001 and 2010: Odyssey Two, which was as Clarke writes, "in some ways ... also a sequel to this story". As a wonder-filled tale of a meeting with the truly alien in the clouds of Jupiter it is unsurpassed. The book concludes with the original outline for a possible second SF film with Stanley Kubrick. The film wasn't made, but the outline became one of Clarke's most beautiful novels, The Songs of Distant Earth. This is essential reading, though dedicated fans will probably opt for the complete Collected Stories. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
". . . this collection amply demonstrates Clarke's strengths -- expert storytelling, exciting science, rich characterizations . . . Clarke's humanism and sympathy for mystical concepts are apparent".
-- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Then there is Breaking Starain', a 1948 classic about two astronauts in a spaceship hit by a meteorite that leaves just enough air for ONLY ONE to reach safety. 'Rescue Party'(March 1945), Clarke's first story sold for publication about aliens attempting to rescue earthmen after the Sun turns Supernova and 'a meeting with Medusa', Clarke's last short story written in 1971 about the first manned(?) exploration of Jupiter.
Read it. Treasure it. You will enjoy it mpre with every re-reading.
"Guardian Angel" follows the careful communications between Earth's representative and the leader of an alien delegation that has come to help us. As always, the devil's in details.
"Breaking Strain" is an interesting contrast to Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" published in 1954. It was written in 1948. Two spacefarers traveling to Venus survive a meteor strike to find their reserve oxygen gone--leaving not enough for both of them to reach their destination.
"The Sentinel" tells of an unexplained alien artifact uncovered on the Moon. As all Earth wonders who made this object, it creates quite an outcry.
The stories in this book are recommended as well-written and entertaining. I agree with another reviewer's recommendation to read them in The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke along with more stories by this science fiction Master.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read the book when I was a good few years younger, it's still a great read.
Brilliant collection of short stories. The Sentinel is a great story and one everyone is familiar with because of the 2001 Space Odyssey film but there are some real gems in this... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2014 by Helen.