Arthur C. Clarke is surely the most celebrated science fiction author of our time. He is - with H. G. Wells, Issac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein - one of the writers who defined the genre. At the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke cooperated in the preparation of a massive, definitive edition of his collected shorter works entitled The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories, in addition to the cover story, showcases Clarke's early writings from that extraordinary short-story collection, such as "Rescue Party", "Loophole", "Retreat from Earth", and "Nightfall", and features readers such as Michael York, Maxwell Caulfield, Harlan Ellison, and many others.
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"He is the prophet of the space age." (London Times)
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For me the short story form is the best way to listen to Science Fiction and Arthur C. Clarke is the master of Science Fiction. Many of these stories I have heard or read before and some of them I loved even more the second or third time around. This has 19 stories and an introduction by Clarke himself.
I love epochal type stories and History Lesson is one of the best. The Wall Of Darkness is not only a good story, but good science. Breaking The Strain takes place entirely in space and is a great study in human thought under strain. In Breaking the Strain, two men are in a space ship that has been hit by an asteroid. They have only enough air for one man to survive and they have to decide between themselves who is to live and who should walk out the air lock. Rescue Party is a classic, involving aliens who come to rescue us and get themselves into hot water. In Technical Error, one tiny mistake leads to one huge disaster. There are stories with intelligent insects, a story that goes into the bowels of the earth, stories of Mars, stories with humor and much more. There were probably four stories I was not crazy about including The Lion of Comarre, which is to be expected in any collection. All in all this is a great collection.
Some great Clarke books you can listen to: The City and The Stars, 2001, Rendezvous With Rama and A Fall of Moon Dust to name a few. Two modern Clarke type writers would be Robert J. Sawyer and Robert Reed. Audible has several Sawyer novels and has several Reed stories in their Science Fiction collections.
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This has several narrators and all are good in this. I especially like Michael York.
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