Collected Stories, Volume 3: The Star by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

One of the 35 booklet (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the whole Arthur C. Clarke Collection.

In the identify tale of this remarkable assortment, a bunch of cosmonauts discovers the continues to be of a sophisticated civilization in a distant famous person system—destroyed while their sunlight went supernova. They locate that the civilization used to be similar to Earth's—and that its humans knew in their coming doom centuries earlier than it happened. What they locate leads their leader astrophysicist—also a Jesuit priest—into a deep predicament of religion, sparked by way of a stunning revelation that has implications not only for history—but for religion.

This choice of brief tales demonstrates not just Clarke's technological imagination—but additionally a deep poetic sensibility that led him to reflect on the philosophical and ethical implications of technological advances. those tales show the diversity of his imaginative and prescient as an author—based on either our medical capability and the deeper elements of the human situation.

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Why cannot I read to-night, then, why? Found at last—more worth than some deep under ground hoard, —That villain next door 's making melody On banjo—three strings snapped and hole in the sound-board. W. D. IN A LIBRARY. A precious mouldering pleasure 'tis To meet an antique book, In just the dress his century wore; A privilege, I think. His venerable hand to take, And warming in our own, A passage back, or two, to make To times when he was young. His quaint opinions to inspect, His knowledge to unfold On what concerns our mutual mind.

With reverent hand I touch the back of each Of these my books. How much of their dear selves— The hand that held the pen, the brain that wrought The subtle fancies on these pages caught— Have men immortal left upon my shelves! And then sometimes a sudden chill doth strike My heart with very horror, and I shrink Away from their dull touch, shudd'ring to think How much of human life that, vampire-like, These books have sucked beneath their leathern wings. How brains have broken and frail bodies bent To feed with human blood these bloodless things.

He has generously contributed to this all the modem rhymes he had already selected; and in return the golden numbers of past times that were to be herein have been handed over to him for a collection of earlier poetry on the same subject, which is to be its companion. It remains only to thank most cordially those authors, editors and publishers who have permitted quotation here. If, as must happen in matter collected from periodicals, including a quantity published in the United States, some items are wrongly ascribed, or some copyrights unintentionally ignored, the editor's most sincere apologies are offered.

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