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coverThe Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

by Arthur C. Clarke

A book review by Mark L. Olson

Orb, 2002, 966 pp, $17.95

Tor has collected together all of Clarke's short SF and it makes a truly wonderful collection, showing just why Clarke is acknowledges as one of SF's masters. A collection of short SF is particularly kind to him because that's where he excelled.

It's hard to avoid making a list of the stories I re-read and enjoyed and I have no intention of avoiding it:

They're all clever and most are incredibly evocative. At his best, Clarke had a deft touch that could effortlessly touch the numinous. (This thick book necessarily ignored his novels, but I can't help but add The City and the Stars, Sands of Mars, Earthlight, and Rendezvous with Rama to that list.)

Clarke will be remembered for stories like these, and not for the mediocre collaborations of the last twenty years.


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