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The Wind From the Sun (GOLLANCZ S.F.)

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A volume containing all 18 short stories written by Arthur C. Clarke in the 1960s. They depict a future in which technologies are beginning to dictate man's lifestyle - even to demand life for themselves.

vii • Preface (The Wind from the Sun) • (1972) • essay by Arthur C. Clarke
3 • The Food of the Gods • (1964) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
8 • Maelstrom II • (196
Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 1996 by Vista (first published April 1972)
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Debbie Zapata
In the preface to this book, Clarke states that all of the short stories he wrote in the 60's (and three from the early 70's) are included. There are 18 stories here, most of them quite short but all packing a punch as relevant today as back in the Space Age when they were written.

We spend time in deep space, in the deeps of Earth's oceans, and deep within Clarke's amazingly creative imagination. He asks What If? about many topics, and builds answers that make you think.

What If a newly installe
n* Dalal
I think I'd like Arthur C. Clarke a lot better if he admitted women exist.

Most of these stories were good, but even the good ones had a real dated 70's smell to them, not only because of the many references to the Cold War.

But also because he's just such a classic sci-fi writer, who uses sci-fi to, you know, expose the problems of our current world. Self-righteous, indulgent, and defiantly against the ills in society. Especially racism. Sexism? Well, women like to be wives and wait and worry ab
Dave Creek
Apr 23, 2015 Dave Creek rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: SF fans, Arthur C. Clarke fans
THE WIND FROM THE SUN brings more sense of wonder from Arthur C. Clarke
OK, maybe I'm on a real Arthur C. Clarke kick right now. But after all, he is my favorite SF author, perhaps my favorite author, period.

THE WIND FROM THE SUN is a collection of short stories, some of them trivial, others full of the sense or wonder that Clarke seemingly evoked so easily.

I didn't re-read this entire volume, instead I concentrated on the more substantial stories. The title story, "The Wind from the Sun," is a
;-Dave Pierce
This book is an oldie but goodie! I first read a couple of the short stories in Boy's Life Magazine back in the 60's. It was great seeing those, and reading some of the great late Master's works. If you see it somewhere, check it out. ;-D
Basically as light as light reading gets, this collection of short stories is uneven by design. All were written by Clarke during the 60's, most being published in magazines ranging from specialty sci-fi titles to Boys' Life and Playboy. While there are stellar science fiction ideas throughout, many are little more than just that - a brief establishment of a concept. There are a few stories in the 20-page range, and the collection ends with the wonderful 40-page “A Meeting With Medusa,” but many ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Le meduse di Giove s'incontrano col primo uomo che arriva sull'inospitale pianeta; un anziano professore inventa il congegno che elimina la gravità e lo usa per scalare l'Himalaya; un pericoloso segreto si nasconde nell'atmosfera della Luna; un super cervello artificiale fa squillare i telefoni del mondo intero: questi alcuni dei temi sviluppati nei diciotto racconti che compongono Vento solare. Arthur Clarke, uno dei più prestigiosi scrittori-scienziati della fantascienza, ha raccolto in questa ...more
Lutfi Turan
A good collection of hard science fiction stories. Most of the stories are based on future expeditions of the solar system, which was one of the biggest focus of attention of the world at the time the book was written.
For me "Crusade", which deals with the idea of cybernetic intelligence existing naturally somewhere in the universe, and "A meeting with Medusa", a long short story of a Jupiter expedition, were the strong stories of the book. Arthur Clarke is not only a writer and also a science
Clarke essentially writes about inventions. At his best these inventions seem just around the corner. The titular story, probably the best of the collection, is a classic example: the conflict is simple, the stakes are low, the characters cardboard, but the central concept is made so easy to understand, explained in terms of one proven scientific fact, that it becomes very hard not to believe.

There are some real duds in here (the shorter ones, and particularly "Love This Universe", are often pre
Not among Clarke's best work, still, a very fine collection of short stories.
It's always such a treat to read intelligent sf written by an actual scientist,
especially one as good and imaginative as Clarke. Mainly because there are many things that would easily be overlooked by someone who is not so familiar with actual physical laws, also because someone who does scientific research would be more inclined to observe and question negative consequences of scientific revolutions and discoveries on
Elgaroo Brenza
Jul 31, 2009 Elgaroo Brenza rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: realistic ET buffs and classic "space age" sci-fi fans.
Shelves: sci-fi
a collection of Clarke's short sci-fi stories from the 60's; largely short, scientifically detailed, "hard" sci-fi stories still focusing on the human element, with many inventive twist-endings, but still fairly unremarkable, especially considering his novels. however, the final story, "A Meeting with Medusa" is much longer and obviously much more ambitious, thoroughly researched, masterfully executed, a masterpiece in fact, and still by far the most in depth description of actual Jovian explora ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Andrea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sf
I never really got into Arthur C. Clarke in my early days of voracious sci fi reading. I always preferred monsters and magic really, and the writing style is plain, with the plot and the science & technology as the highlights. But this is a great little collection of short stories that surprised me with how much I enjoyed them. The few that play with race and history also surprised me, and the last story, "A Meeting with Medusa" about the massive and incredible lifeforms of Jupiter as witnes ...more
Nov 06, 2014 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
1984 grade B-
Short stories
After my completely absorbing experience with Arthur C. Clarke's "The Other Side of the Sky", reading this collection was my attempt to delve even further into 1950s serial science fiction. It was a disheartening experience. While a couple stories were pleasingly imaginative (the title story in particular), the pattern of reducing every conflict to Americans vs. Russian communists was stamped too indelibly throughout this book.
Jason Kristopher
Fans of Arthur C. Clarke will like this collection of short stories.

The thing I liked the most about several of them was the twist at the end. While taking the story in a whole new direction, it also wrapped it up nicely and left me fairly certain of where it would go.

Clarke was a master of the art, and these stories are no exception. If you like his other work, you will like this book.
Right before this I read Profiles of the Future which was Clarke predicting technological progress and what could be possible in the future. Here those ideas were expressed in short story format plus one novella in A Meeting With Medusa. This and I, Robot have made me appreciate the short story something I didn't really care for before.
Some amazing short stories, some pedestrian, but overall well-worth giving a read through. It also gives a profound insight into what people in the late 60's-early 70's expected out of humanity and the space age, exploration, and advances in society. How terribly disappointed they must be...
A great collection of short stories.
Has two of my favourites -
1) Crusade - one of his best ; a story about non biological intelligence and consciousness
2) Reunion
3) Meeting with Medusa - has many ideas which he later develops in the Space Odyssey series.
4) Wind from the Sun -
This is a collection of his short stories from the 1960's. They are all exciting and captivating as sci-fi stories, but with deep philosophical themes and brilliant twists that make them timeless.
Scot McAtee
Classic Clarke in every sense of the word. All stories he wrote in the 1960s. Food of the Gods was my favorite, most likely, but the last story was epic.
Marts  (Thinker)
A strange tale by Arthur C. Clarke about competitors in an interstellar sun yacht race on thier way to the moon, but, problems arise.....
Jan 21, 2008 Noel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Noel by: Nicolas Lee
it was amazing!! bunch of short stories...great for the favorite was Last Command..
Good short stories. I liked them all. I have read this one several times. I own it.
The Wind from the Sun : Stories of the Space Age by Arthur C. Clarke (1972)
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ARTHUR C CLARKE.. What more needs to be said.
Great collection of short stories
Manuel Sánchez
I read this in 2011
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co
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