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The Sentinel Mass Market Paperback – 15 Mar 2004

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  • 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)
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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.

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". . . 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.

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Format: Paperback
It's been a long while since I have read Arthur C. Clarke's work and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy his style of writing is to get back into. I think The Sentinel offers a great deal in its short pieces for a wide variety of readers who like the genre. Clarke writes with humour, imagination and intelligence and has a flair for technical detail that adds to the tale (without requiring the reader to be a scientist to follow it) whilst often making you sit and think 'this could happen' in even the most fantastic pieces. The fact that many of these stories are aged only seems to add to Clarke's ability to do this when comparison is made to events and technology since they were penned. The story introductions are a bonus and allow any interested reader an insight into how they came about as well as offering a brief snippet of the man behind them. In my humble opinion this modest book offers a good opportunity for anyone coming back to this genre / writer (like myself) or those new readers of Clarke, to settle in for a journey of imagination. The stories themselves are excellent and some of the ideas therein are evidently used as a base for other, much more widely known work making it as good a place to begin your travels as any.
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It is a selection of short stories with fascinating introduction by Clarke before each story and at the start. That makes it a collector's item; a real gem. Here you stand right next to the spring that widened to the fountain of hope in Childhood's End (Guardian Angel), the mystery and quest in 2001, a Space Odyssey (The Sentinel) and the leap of faith in the Songs of Distant earth; written in 1957, a full six months before Sputnik I.
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.
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This book contains nine short science fiction stories written by Arthur C. Clarke in the early part of his career. They are a good sample of the themes of his larger body of writing. Two stories here were later expanded into full-length novels. "The Sentinel" became 2001: A Space Odyssey and "Guardian Angel" became Childhood's End. My three favorites are described below.

"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.
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If you're a classic sci-fi fan you'll like this collection of short stories. Some of them manifest themselves into other Arthur C Clarke books and the others work well on their own. As usual the author gives his characters enough of a background for the reader to get to know them. I've passed round to my family and all have enjoyed this book.
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Bought for my granddaughter who is an avid reader and who has had as much pleasure from this book as I had when I first read it over 50 years ago.
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I have been a lifelong fan of Arthur C Clarke's books. The Sentinel is a selection of his stories from the 1950's 60's and 70's. It was a revelation to read his early stories again (two of them I had not read before which was a special treat) to realise how good the writing was even then. His stories of space travel are absolutely captivating, every new book published was never a disappointment, they were all fascinating and held me spellbound. Who can replace him?
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This book was purchased as a Christmas gift, the person that received it loved it, he had read other Arthur C Clarke books.
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Love my sci-fi but only recently found out about A.C. Clarke....shocking I know! This book leaves you wanting more and he totally justifies his reputation and craftsmanship in these short stories. Each one drops you into a story which you feel like you are familiar with even though its all new to you. I really can not fault this book....apart from wanting more!
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