Also, this collection begins with an original foreword read by the author himself, Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
This is a collection of unabridged selections from the hardcover book of the same name. Look for another collection called The Shining Ones next year, which will complete the collection in audio.
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"This may be the single-author s[cience] f[iction] collection of the decade, even though the decade has barely begun." (Booklist)
Dated material can be educational and entertaining and Clarke’s stories fill the bill in this respect. But something other than an interesting comparison between then and now is required to make a story live beyond its time. What is missing in Clarke’s works is-- and forgive me if I sound stuffy-- poetry. Perhaps it is too much emphasis on the science of the times being inserted into these stories, almost guaranteeing obsolescence (exceptions are noted). I offer for comparison Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles.”
I commit blasphemy, I know, but these stories by Clarke failed to sweep me away into the void on a rush of exhaust that is not particularly concerned with how things work, but rather with what happens as a result of the fact that they do. IMHO.
Mr. Middle Earth
Yes. The stories are interesting enough to warrant re-reads.
Worth the download and time. Wish there were more.
It was great to relive some of the stories I had read in my youth. Interestly the stories weren't as far out there as I once thought. An enjoyable listen.
Wish I could have easy replayed some of endings to enjoy the close.
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