In Clarke's introduction, he explores why he became the kind of writer he did, and he offers a look at the very first paragraph he ever published--in 1933. This anthology spans three decades, beginning i...more
Both genres are prolific and - I think it's fair to say - often silly. Arthur C. Clarke is sometimes as silly as it gets, but he has an uncanny knack for making the reader momentarily forget that humans have not yet...more
Each story successfully creates its own internal world, and while the stories are actually quite different in tone, the main themes are space travel and what I would call the...more
A cominciare dal famosissimo La sentinella, che ha d...more
"Think of such civilization...more
The edition I bought contains Lebbeus Woods' illustrations -- a majoy selling point for me. I know him thr...more
L'influenza del film, purtroppo, si vede anche nella copertina del libro: nel racconto il manufatto alieno è una piramide tr...more
I give this book 5 stars for two reasons, first and foremost, because of the writing literary style. The words flow off the page...more
Unlike say Asimov, Clarke's science fiction actually has a good dose of science in it, usually, and that's why he's one of my favorite authors. This quality is amply evident in the "A meeting with Medusa" piece. It's a story of finding life forms on Jupiter. It has...more
This is a collection of short stories written between 1946 and 1979 by Arthur C Clarke.
I have only ever read one of his stories and that was a few years ago, he was also famous for his supernatural TV series of which I was an avid fan growing up.
These nine stories are of various lengths and are what I would describe as traditional old fashioned Sci-Fi. You haven't got all the flashy monsters and space battles typically found in Star Trek and Star Wars and later boo...more
The stories themselves, of course, are classic Clarke and well worth reading, here or anywhere else.
However, despite interesting ideas and strong scientific underpinnings, the executions sometimes left me wanting a little bit more. The pithy last sentences or twist one-liners to end a story often felt a bit forced.
Overall, a good read by a classic sci-fi author.
Complaints: Many of the stories seemed like 'aha' moments of plot ideas rather perfunctorily written up, rather than mulled over and expanded. It seems like nuance and non-scientific details were given no thought (oh yeah, and women, those peculiar creatures).
Not complaints: I felt some st...more
This is a collection of short stories, all of which were written in the 1950s before Clarke started to write novels. As a result, they're all full of hope for the evolving space age: ideas about manned space flight, ancient civilisations on planets within our solar system. That the goal of our space industry h...more
This collection of short stories reminded me of what initially drew me to his work - science and society, and how they affect each other. His brilliant, simplistic narrative style makes one (temporarily, at least)believe that what he describes is fact, not fiction. Definitely recommend it to all sci-fi fans.
I need to read more of his work!
Some of the stories are very close to what might be realistically possible, while others are very fictitious including Aliens or journeys into / close to Jupiter. And yet the consistency and solidity of the stories is outright well done. I did not expect this, which I is why I am the more glad that I have read this title.
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co...more