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The Nine Billion Names of God

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This collection of science fiction short stories includes:
* The Nine Billion Names of God
* I Remember Babylon
* Trouble with Time
* Rescue Party
* The Curse
* Summertime on Icarus
* Dog Star
* Hide and Seek
* Out of the Sun
* The Wall of Darkness
* No Morning After
* The Possessed
* Death and the Senator
* Who's There?
* Before Eden
* Superiority
* A Walk in the Dark
* T
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Roc (first published 1967)
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Manny
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
"And what happens then?" asks the American computer technician, trying to make a joke of it. "The end of the world?"

"Oh," replies the monk very seriously, "it's nothing as trivial as that."
Brandon
Mar 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, I want to feel chills after I read something. Cold chills. And slow ones, too. Chills that make you want to sit still and close your eyes, because you're so incredibly, absolutely freaked out.

The title story is not a horror tale. Artie only wrote high-brow sci/fi, which this is. But the ending....well, let's put it this way: I'll never be able to look up at the stars in the night sky and not think of it.

(there's a last time for everything)
Jenny Allen
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know exactly what to mention in a review of a book containing so many short stories, but as this collection contains my two favourites, I suppose I'll mention those.

The Nine Billion Names of God was the first Arthur C Clarke story I ever read, and within a week of reading it I was devouring his work. This story appeals to me on so many levels, but the thing that sticks with me the most is the very last line of the story. I can say without a doubt that it's the most beautiful line I
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Mike
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Arthur C. Clarke has never been my favourite science fiction author -- though this is usually considered blasphemy, I don't particularly like the Rama or 2001 series -- but on the other hand he is a prolific and talented short story writer. It didn't take me long to finish this book -- partly because of the length, and the many power outages we have had recently, but also because as soon as you finish one short story you immediately want to move to the next.
Andreas
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, classic-sff
In fact, I only read the eponymous story. Full review and analysis at my blog.

A Tibetan monastery buys a computer to help them calculating and printing all possible names of God. They started this manual task some 300 years ago, estimated that it would take another 15,000 years to finish and now want to speed up things - the computer will finish the job within 100 days. Why?
Brian Ferguson
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My life changed in 1968 at the age of 14 when I saw the the film "2001:A Space Odyssey" in Cinerama (a very wide,curved screen). It opened my eyes to philosophy (Nietzsche), symphonic music ("Also Sprach Zarathustra"), and cinematography (Stanley Kubrick), I began to look for anything related to this film.

Soon thereafter I read this book of short stories by the screenwriter of the film, Arthur C. Clarke. The title story "The Nine Billion Names of God" has stayed with me ever since I read it. I d
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Ran
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
If you're a fan of science fiction, if your imagination takes you to the stars and thinking about its vastness and our existence in the universe humbles you and fills you with awe, you will LOVE this book. Some of these stories are just incredible in both concept and the impactful way that they're told. I can definitely say that this is now one of my favorite books and I can't believe I haven't read it until now.
Drew Perron
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carlos Reges
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Me encantó este relato. Demasiado bueno para demostrar cómo es la ciencia ficción en algo corto y con un final espeluznante.
Диляна Георгиева
Артър Кларк отново на ниво. Поздравления на "Сиела" за разказите! Дори бях приятно изненадана, че на втората седмица от издаването книжлето вече бе качено в goodreads.
Отдавна ми се четеше нещо хубаво и смислено и с всяка една страничка потъвах в блажено удоволствие. Научната фантастика може да бъде една от най-идейните литератури, когато е на ниво, а Артър Кларк безспорно е майстор. Колкото и напреднали да се технологиите днес, разказите му и сега не са остарели, защото той не пише техническа л
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Михаил Абаджиев
"Деветте милиарда имена на Бога" е сборник с разкази от Артър Кларк, който е един от най-големите в жанра научна фантастика. Сборникът е кръстен на едноименния разказ, който можете да прочетете безплатно тук.
Първо добрите впечатления. Всеки един от 12-те разкази в изданието ми хареса. Стилът на Кларк е такъв, че в повечето разкази буквално не знаеш какво ще стане до последното изречение на последната страница, където се крие развръзката. Цялото ревю тук: "Деветте милиарда имена на Бога" от Артъ
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James Campbell
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
solid collection of hard sci fi stories with commentary by the author on some of them
Steven Carranza
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had some amazing stories. The ideas in some of these stories were very interesting and thought provoking. It reminded me why I love Sci-Fi!
Bev
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorite collections of stories!
Wei Lien Chin
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Coming off of a plot- and science-heavy novel — The Martian by Andy Weir — it is nice to once again bask in the warm, cerebral embrace of classic science fiction. Even though I am familiar with the works of Arthur C Clarke, this is the first time I am reading his short stories. I quite enjoy this format of storytelling from classic science fiction authors. Instead of telling long, sweeping stories about space exploration and our place in the universe, we are instead served these vignettes that s ...more
Charlie
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
More of Clarke's best short stories from the 40's, 50's and early 60's. There are many humorous stories, but many deal with atomic bombs and the folly of their use. He has a knack for packing a lot of science into a short entertaining story. Some of the stories show amazing prescience. For example, a story from 1946 (one year after the atomic bomb came on the scene), he describes warfare using offensive rockets for atomic bomb delivery as well as defensive rockets for exo-atmospheric interceptio ...more
Mortaza Qasem
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW. just wow.
Clarke is the man of the last phrase.
he had his way to make you feel goosebumps after finishing the last line.

" overhead, without any fuse the stars were going out. "

he had chosen these 24 stories himself, these are his favorite, and mine too.

being a sci-fi writer means that you write about space, planets, universes, creatures that you imagined, and Clarke did it very well indeed. but what he was best at is writing about Earth, future Earths, past Earths, nowadays Earths, earths
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Türkay
Arthur C. Clarke'ın 1947-57 yılları arasında yazdığı öykülerden oluşan kitap, temiz, güzel bir çeviriyle
Sarmal Yayınlarından çıkmıştı...
Her bir öyküyü ayrı konuşmak gereken 60-70 yıl önce yazılmış olduğuna inanmakta güçlük çekilen muhteşem öyküler. ..
Sir Clarke'ın hayal gücüne, öngörülerine hayranlıkla 'bitmesin' diye sindire sindire okuyacağınız öyküler. ..
Umarım tekrar basacak bir yayınevi olur...
Nuket Danadzhieva
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arthur Clarke has a whole sprectrum of imagination, I admit it. Sometimes it was so difficult for me to understand the meaning of the sentance that I had to read it over and over again. But this only added more pleasure to my space journey. In addition, I would say that Clarke is scarier than all the authors I have read combined. I am in love with this man's mind. :)
Iva Jar
Tyhle povídky jsou pro mě většinou moc krátké, než se stačím začíst, je konec. Něco mi v nich ale připomíná Hitchcockovský styl, useknutý konec, který si musí člověk nechat doznít ve vlastní představivosti. Místy mi chvilku trvalo zachytit ten správný vtip celé zápletky. Clark má skvělé nápady, budu číst další jeho knihy, ale pokud možno už ne povídkové.
David Del Col
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book in grade five, we had a substitute teacher and he would bring in SF/F books. I picked up this one collection, it was fun to re-read. The title story is my favorite and rings true to his other work later in life, The Fountatins of Paradise.
Mark Sagan
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Predictable and not at all entertaining.
Alberto
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
EL 17.
Doug
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf
One of my favorite Clarke short stories which I've read many times over the years.
Iru Sai
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The last sentence!! I am quite sure, I can't look up in the sky without this sentence hitting my head & a shiver running down my spine, for a long time to come.
One of the best Sci-Fi of all time.
Josh Thornton
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fifteen-minute read needs no review - READ IT. It's fantastic.
Pankaj Kumar
Nov 23, 2013 rated it liked it
In the introduction to The Nine Billion Names of God, Clarke writes that the thread that ties this collection together is that it is comprised of his favorite stories from his repertoire. Interestingly, it turns out that Clarke's favorite stories also turn out to include pretty much all of his best and most famous stories that were published between 1953 and 1966, which makes this an excellent collection. Whether one is unfamiliar with Clarke and trying to get a high-quality sampling of his work ...more
Adam  McPhee
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read these out of order. Started with The Call of the Stars (loved the tone of it, but ended a bit too sentimentally), and Transience.

If I Forget Thee Oh Earth is a short episode of a boy viewing a post-nuclear-Armageddon Earth for the first time, from a lunar colony. I like how he takes on a biblical style.

The eponymous Nine Billion Names of God was dumb, but the story Dog Star was sweet and reminded me of my own recently deceased dog.

Out of the Sun is about astronomers on Mercury observing
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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.

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