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Author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars, and the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke is the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is—with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein—one of the writers who define science fiction in our time. Now Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a m ...more
Paperback, 966 pages
Published January 14th 2002 by Tom Doherty Associates/Orb Books (first published January 2000)
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Luke Farnish I started reading these in my early teens (I think I was 12?) and found them easy enough to understand. I'd recommend around 12+ for most people as Cl…moreI started reading these in my early teens (I think I was 12?) and found them easy enough to understand. I'd recommend around 12+ for most people as Clarke's style can be a little fashioned at times but, to my memory of the stories I have so far read, there aren't any that are scary or particularly dark for the most part. (less)

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Tim Pendry

There are over 100 stories in this impressive collection ranging from 1937 (aged 20) to 1999 (aged 82) but the golden age of Clarke (as a short story writer) starts in the second half of the 1940s and ends in the early 1960s.

The falling off is not a matter of ability (since he could pull off some excellent work when he wanted to later in life) but lack of will in this medium. By the mid-1960s, he had made his name, was living well, basking in adulation and could concentrate on enjoying life and
5.0 stars. I have not read all of the stories in the massive collection, but I have read:

The Star: (5.o stars)
9 Billions Names for God (5.0 stars)
The Sentinel (5.0 stars).
A collection of stories of Arthur C. Clarke, in chronological order from the early 40’s until his death in 2000.

As part of the Big Three in sciencefiction, Arthur C. Clarke has left us an extensive oeuvre. In this book all his short stories are assembled and it gives a good overview of the themes that he used. The exploration and conquest of the solar system and the stars is mixed with evolution of the humans and its place amongst the stars. All in all, for someone with a taste for sciencefictio
David (דוד)
LATEST STORY REVIEW UPDATE: Story # 15: "Transience".

15. Transience (1949) [5 pages] 4.5 Stars: A story that expresses that mankind is here for only a short span of time, temporarily! Man has come, and shall be gone, in the grand scheme of things. ~ June 16, 2015 ~

14. History Lesson (1949) [7 pages] 5 Stars: Five Thousand years after the Third Planet has lost its civilization due to an Ice Age, the now-progressed Venusians venture forth towards it, to learn the past of an advanced species. The s
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a near chronological collection of the stories of the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008). Clarke was considered one of the "big three" of science fiction writers during the golden age of the genre, the other two were Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. He's credited with inspiring the idea of using satellites to relay information and, of course, wrote the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey. 

I tried to read this book last summer and just wasn't in the right mental place for it. Part of
Iona Sharma
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
It's weird that my first book of 2020 should be a 966-page volume but for the record I was reading it for most of December. I love Clarke's short stories - I grew up on them - and it was a pleasure to read so many of them all at once. It's interesting that a lot of the truly great ones - "The Sentinel", "The Star", "The Nine Billion Names of God", "Venture to the Moon" - are all very early on. He becomes less prodigiously prolific with time so the last ten or so stories cover 1970-2000, and none ...more
Jun 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I nearly finished the first two volumes and then had to stop for my exams. Intend to start all over again in the future.

I liked most of the stories I've read so far but "Retreat from Earth" (1938) and "Breaking Strain" (1949), both in Vol.1, are among my all time favourites.
Michael Battaglia
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a SF fan and I have to explain to you who Arthur C Clarke is, then this may be the greatest gift anyone can give you beyond a time machine that will take you back in time to explain who Arthur C Clarke is to your past self so that when I ask you about him in the future you don't give me a blank look and I don't subsequently make fun of you. It's nice that one book can prevent all that.

When you come up with a short list of SF authors that pretty much defined the genre back when it was s
Jan 26, 2022 rated it liked it
Well you got "2001" wrong, and "2010"...and just about everything else.

In my late teens and early twenties, I adored Clarke's works and thought him a true visionary. Now that I reread some of his stuff, it turns out he was totally wrong about most of his predictions. No Moon-base. No manned expeditions to Jupiter/Mars(yet) or beyond. No visits by aliens (that we know of). And the racist and sexist views! Unsurprisingly, to me at least, I found his works now, to be outdated, inaccurate and boring
Kolya Matteo
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Included stories:

Travel by Wire!
How We Went to Mars
Retreat From Earth
The Awakening
Rescue Party
Technical Error
The Fires Within
History Lesson
The Wall of Darkness
The Lion of Comarre
The Forgotten Enemy
Breaking Strain
Guardian Angel
Time's Arrow
A Walk in the Dark
Silence Please
Trouble With the Natives
The Road to the Sea
The Sentinel
Holiday on the Moon
Second Dawn
'If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth...'
All the Time i
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
It is hard to rate a book like this - a massive collection of stories, in which inevitably there are both good ones and not-so-good ones; especially more so since I am only halfway through the book, and it is possible (though statistically unlikely) that the other half of the book my tilt my overall impression of it in one or the other direction.

A.C.Clarke wrote a few practically brilliant stories; entertaining to read, and more importantly they are stories with clever ideas behind them. Some of
Chris Greensmith
"Under the stars, the lonely figure walked homeward across a nameless land. Behind him the river flowed softly to the sea, winding through the fertile plains on which, more than a thousand centuries ahead, Yaan's descendants would build the great city they were to call Babylon.
I only read Encounter at Dawn, and I will go back to the rest one day, but I currently going through the Space Odyssey collection and this has been reported as being a pre-cursor for the first book, this and The Sentin
Ricky McConnell
This was a long collection and it took me a while to get through it. I really enjoyed the stories about the moon. I liked most of the stories, but a few were not good for me. I am a fan of the author and have enjoyed other works that came after this collection.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
It grew on me.

As the kind of hard science-fiction Clarke is known for it's.... not great. But that's very clearly not what he's going for here. It reads more like HHGTTG: light-hearted and vaguely absurdist.

When all were conscious (or as nearly so as could be expected in the circumstances), I rapidly outlined the situation and explained the need for complete calm. After the resulting hysteria had subsided[...]


The leader spoke to me in what would have been flawless BBC English had it not been
Craig Childs
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection includes 104 stories, which represents all but four of the stories Arthur C. Clarke published in his lifetime. This volume fully collects and supersedes 13 earlier collections.

Here are my reviews of the most notable stories:

"How We Went to Mars" (1938) -- A comedy about a trio of astronauts who accidentally launch their rocket into space and end up on Mars, where they are startled to be greeted by English-speaking Martians who possess technology just slightly below the level of
Damian Mee
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Monster of a book. Stories are quite uneven, but the whole is brilliant overall.
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
When I picked this book up on an Audible sale, I didn't realize it was the complete collected stories of Arthur C. Clarke. I'm still not 100% sure that it is, but at about 50 hours of content, it ought to be pretty close!

So it took me a while to get through--over a week, which is unusual--but I'm glad I did. I learned a lot.

The first thing I learned is that early Arthur C. Clarke stories were not very good. The quality goes up considerably, however, and after the first decade or so of stories th
jamesjohn jamesjohn
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An exhaustive collection of this master's pulp magazine stories. You can see his writing evolve and his characters gain depth as you read through. Some of his earlier stories hold up very well, and it's instructive to see the advances that we have (and haven't) gained since he set the stage with possibilities.

His earliest works were too expository for my taste, and the author uses far too many commas everywhere. I feel bad whenever he places a year to the action, because even now we can hardly k
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because it has all the stories, the collection is naturally a little hit and miss. Yes, at times things skew a little formulaic. But it's entertaining to see Clarke develop as an author, and to explore a wide variety of premises. Each story is so short and paced quickly so it never drags. For those keeping score, Clarke's mild misogyny, a product of the times, attenuates later in his career. Not an ideal intro to Clarke or golden age sci-fi, but definitely recommended for fans of the author or t ...more
Scott Diamond
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-scifi-fantasy
At 51 hours long this audio book is certainly an amazing value. There are some amazing short stories here. Such a gifted writer. I'd read many of these stories before but after 40 years the plot came back to me almost instantly - it shows what an impact these ideas had on me. However, no author is perfect. With all the great stories there are some pretty bad one too. In particular the middle 1/3 of the book was a struggle (mostly stories from Tales from the White Heart), still it was a great boo ...more
Jon  Bradley
Feb 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I got this book in ebook form on my Kindle as part of "Prime Reading". It's a massive collection, and it seems like I've been nibbling away at it forever, mostly at times when I wake up in the middle of the night.... The first thing that struck me about the book was, who knew Arthur Clarke had written so many short stories??? I sure didn't. My experience with Clarke up to this point was entirely his novels. A number of the short stories in this book are humorous, some are very short, and some ar ...more
David A . Vallant
Impossible review

I could no more give a successful review to this man and his writing than I could fly myself to the stars. I have read his work for 60 years at least and have always been challenged and entertained at the same time. This has been a wonderful re introduction to his talent. Thank you for the entertainment.
Yates Buckley
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Comarre is a beautiful story, and there are many other but not all of same quality, spanning whole life of the author.
Sep 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book months ago my incorrect perception was that the author was not at the same level as Asimov. After reading all of these stories and experiencing their creativity, foresight, and entertainment, I learned how wrong I was. Besides the high quality of the content, I also give high marks to the chronological format of the book which is truly a gift to the reader who wants to experience the progression of the author's work through over half a century. I especially liked the sto ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who has no background with Arthur C. Clarke (or Science Fiction in general), this collection is a marvelous introduction.

The best part of this being a collection is you can pick and choose the titles that sound interesting to you until you've gotten into the genre. Some of my absolute favorites in here include The Star, The Nine Billion Names of God, and Siseneg.

Clarke is best known for penning the screen-play of 2001: A Space Odyssey as well as it's literary adaption (which is signif
John Wiswell
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science fiction readers
As far as I know Arthur Clarke occupies a level of science fiction that only Isaac Asimov shared. Every time he had a scientific idea or came across a new piece of science, he wrote a short story about it. If he encountered several ideas and couldn't disentangle them, he'd write a novel about them. Clarke breaks from Asimov in that his prose a bit more fluid, his subject-matter is sometimes treated too abstractly for perfect translation into his storytelling (such as the one-sided wall in the fi ...more
Lis Carey
These are the collected shorter works of Arthur C. Clarke, and that almost ought to be enough to say about it. It spans his entire career, and includes his best-known classics, lesser-known works, and has the Tales From the White Hart stories sprinkled throughout. The stories here are funny and grim, optimistic and pessimistic, and feature the best and the worst of the human race. I found Clarke's view of women's and girls' roles to be interesting. He seems to have never thought women were less ...more
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "The Twilight Zone" or "Outer Limits"
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
Clarke was a prolific writer. Some would say that qualifies as being a great writer, but I would say that putting out a high quantity of stories just fills the bell curve as far as quality of stories. Maybe it is because of the span of time over which these were written, but many of them read like episodes of "The Twilight Zone" or "Outer Limits" - and many more read like bad episodes of such.

Reading these stories, you get a feel for where the seeds of other sci-fi stories came from, but often t
Yevgen Antymyrov
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid, I loved reading sci-fi. Countless books and stories by Asimov, Sheckley, Harisson, Verne, and so on. But somehow Clarke was never available in our town library. While on vacation ten years ago, I read his trilogy, "A Time Odyssey." No bad, I need to find more, I thought. And finally, I did it! It took me almost two months to finish this epic collection of 116 short stories.

Comparing to the other old-school science fiction, the science part in Clarke's books is mostly 'hard'. S
Mr. Quigley
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Forget Arthur C. Clarke's heavy reputations: the futurist, the founding father of hard science fiction. Clarke was a master of the suspenseful short story, of the twist ending.

Turning to the final page of a story, out of the corner of your eye, you see the blankness after it ends. After the first few stories in this book, I became conditioned to connect that sensation with my mind being blown. Even now, I can open this book and begin reading a story. When I begin to expect a story to end, the ha
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Arthur Charles 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

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