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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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» The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke said in March 19th, 2008 at 8:41 am

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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.”

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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!

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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 . . .

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

Cali,

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!

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

Your blog is interesting!

Keep up the good work!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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

Jeff,

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.

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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.

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

Carl,

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.