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Arthur C. Clarke Links and Video | Technophobiac Sci-Fi said in March 18th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

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Tinkoo said in March 19th, 2008 at 3:32 am

Thanks for plugging me dear. I see you came back with more positive impressions of this story than I did; I’ve linked your version from my “See Also” list for those seeking an alternate opinion.

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Cali said in March 20th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

This is a Great story. I loved the ending and how he injects a bit of TS Eliot Four Quartets “there is an last time for everything.”

Rusty said in March 21st, 2008 at 9:04 am

Good point Cali,

I had never read Four Quartets before, but I looked them up and found a nice online version. There were themes similar to Arthur C. Clarke’s story, especially in Quartets No. 3 & 4. Thanks for that!

Cali said in March 21st, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Hi Rusty,

This is my take on it from Quartet 3 (“And the time of death is every moment”) . .

Just a note to say, I enjoy the blog and links. I am an aspiring SF writer . . and learning . . .

Rusty said in March 22nd, 2008 at 6:10 pm


Thanks for the kind words! I am having a blast writing this blog and reading so many cool scifi stories!

I am also an aspiring science fiction writer, so reading a lot of stories has helped me come up with some great ideas. And hey – I am happy that there are actually people reading this blog!

AlexM said in August 15th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Your blog is interesting!

Keep up the good work!

scatterbrain said in September 25th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Just read it- brilliant! This is going in my top ten…

Rusty said in September 30th, 2008 at 7:45 am

I agree Scatterbrain,

This is one that is in many people’s “top ten” list!

Jeff S. said in January 18th, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I really enjoyed this story especially the ending. This is only the second Clarke story I have read which makes make kick myself for not reading more of work before now.

I read this story online through the link you provided although I also own the followng book: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volumne 1, 1929 – 1964 which includes the story as well.

Rusty said in January 18th, 2009 at 8:40 pm


This was also one of the first Clarke short stories that I read. I have since read many more – he has some great stuff out there. Thanks for pointing out the book too.

Carl V. said in January 18th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Great story Rusty. I saw so many people reading it today during the challenge that I could not longer resist and had to check it out myself. I almost hesitate to use the word, but it was a cute story. Very entertaining. A really nice flow to the whole story. I like the ending being almost an afterthought in its tone and yet pondering it makes you realize just how horrifying it would be if it actually happened.

Rusty said in January 18th, 2009 at 9:59 pm


Yeah – that is totally how the ending felt: “an afterthought.” I’m glad you got around to reading it – it seems to be one of those stories that many, many people have read.