By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 publication (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the entire Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
Originally released in 1983, this assortment represents the various maximum brief fiction from one of many genre's most famed authors. those accrued works have been written all through Clarke's profession, from 1946 to 1981—originally showing in technological know-how fiction magazines akin to Thrilling ask yourself Stories, Famous remarkable Mysteries, and OMNI.
Between those pages you'll locate a few of Clarke's such a lot groundbreaking early stories—many of which inspired later vintage novel-length paintings. The name tale, "The Sentinel," shaped the basis for what might later develop into the Space Odyssey series—perhaps Clarke's most famed paintings. You'll additionally locate "Guardian Angel," a not often reproduced tale that used to be the muse for Childhood's End.
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