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Book Review: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

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The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most famous science fiction authors of all time. He wrote a lot of pieces, including many short stories, but if you are looking for one great book that includes nearly all of his short stories then look no farther than The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke.

This amazing collection contains 104 Arthur C. Clarke stories, all arranged in order of publication, from “Travel by Wire!” in 1937 to “Improving the Neighbourhood” in 1999. It includes all his famous one (like “The Nine Billion Names of God” and “The Star”), several of the better known ones, and many of his lesser-know stories – including some that I had never heard of before.

Anyway, if you are a fan of Arthur C. Clarke, or classic SF short stories in general, then you should definitely take a look at this incredible collection.

Here are the stories included in The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: (I’ve linked to the ones that I have read and reviewed)

  1. “Travel by Wire!”
  2. “How We Went to Mars”
  3. “Retreat from Earth”
  4. “Reverie”
  5. “The Awakening”
  6. “Whacky”
  7. “Loophole”
  8. “Rescue Party”
  9. “Technical Error”
  10. “Castaway”
  11. “The Fires Within”
  12. “Inheritance”
  13. “Nightfall”
  14. “History Lesson”
  15. “Transience”
  16. “The Wall of Darkness”
  17. “The Lion of Comarre”
  18. “The Forgotten Enemy”
  19. “Hide-and-Seek”
  20. “Breaking Strain”
  21. “Nemesis”
  22. “Guardian Angel”
  23. “Time’s Arrow”
  24. “A Walk in the Dark”
  25. “Silence Please”
  26. “Trouble with the Natives”
  27. “The Road to the Sea”
  28. “The Sentinel”
  29. “Holiday On the Moon”
  30. “Earthlight”
  31. “Second Dawn”
  32. “Superiority”
  33. “If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth”
  34. “All The Time in the World”
  35. “The Nine Billion Names of God”
  36. “The Possessed”
  37. “The Parasite”
  38. “Jupiter Five”
  39. “Encounter in the Dawn”
  40. “The Other Tiger”
  41. “Publicity Campaign”
  42. “Armaments Race”
  43. “The Deep Range”
  44. “No Morning After”
  45. “Big Game Hunt”
  46. “Patent Pending”
  47. “Refugee”
  48. “The Star”
  49. “What Goes Up”
  50. “Venture to the Moon”
  51. “The Pacifist”
  52. “The Reluctant Orchid”
  53. “Moving Spirit”
  54. “The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch”
  55. “The Ultimate Melody”
  56. “The Next Tenants”
  57. “Cold War”
  58. “Sleeping Beauty”
  59. “Security Check”
  60. “The Man Who Ploughed the Sea”
  61. “Critical Mass”
  62. “The Other Side of the Sky”
  63. “Let There Be Light”
  64. “Out of the Sun”
  65. “Cosmic Casanova”
  66. “The Songs of Distant Earth”
  67. “A Slight Case of Sunstroke”
  68. “Who’s There?”
  69. “Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting…”
  70. “I Remember Babylon”
  71. “Trouble with Time”
  72. “Into the Comet”
  73. “Summertime on Icarus”
  74. “Saturn Rising”
  75. “Death and the Senator”
  76. “Before Eden”
  77. “Hate”
  78. “Love That Universe”
  79. “Dog Star”
  80. “Maelstrom II”
  81. “An Ape About the House”
  82. “The Shining Ones”
  83. “The Secret”
  84. “Dial F for Frankenstein”
  85. “The Wind from the Sun”
  86. “The Food of the Gods”
  87. “The Last Command”
  88. “Light of Darkness”
  89. “The Longest Science-fiction Story Ever Told”
  90. “Playback”
  91. “The Cruel Sky”
  92. “Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq.”
  93. “Crusade”
  94. “Neutron Tide”
  95. “Reunion”
  96. “Transit of Earth”
  97. “A Meeting with Medusa”
  98. “Quarantine”
  99. “siseneG”: “Genesis” spelled backwards.
  100. “The Steam-powered Word Processor”
  101. “On Golden Seas”
  102. “The Hammer of God”
  103. “The Wire Continuum” (with Stephen Baxter)
  104. “Improving the Neighbourhood”

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