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Collected Stories, Volume 4: A Meeting with Medusa by Arthur C. Clarke

By Arthur C. Clarke

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

In major an day trip in the course of the many-layered Jovian surroundings within the hydrogen balloon craft Kon-Tiki, Captain Howard Falcon discovers a global the place bioluminescent air plankton produce great atmospheric sea-fire, predatory manta-ray creatures dominate the skies, and massive jellyfish-like beings turn out to be over a mile across.

The identify tale of this fourth assortment from one of many genre's so much celebrated authors ends with a twist—that leaves the reader wondering what it capability to be human. This assortment comprises a number of the author's such a lot acclaimed brief fiction, together with "Cosmic Casanova" and "Sleeping Beauty"—stories that satisfaction, shock, and lead readers to invite enormous questions about humanity's function within the cosmos.

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The new urban wonder acted as a magnet for poets and musicians in particular, the most prominent of whom was the Persian musician Ziryaab, who—legend has it—had fallen out of favor at the ninthcentury Abbasid court and decided to try his luck in the West. 13 Oppressed for well over a century by the Visigothic rulers of Hispania, Jews had welcomed the Muslim invaders as saviors and no doubt proved valuable allies to the conquering foreigners, who knew neither the lay nor the language of the land.

16 By the time Dunash arrived in Cordoba, Jewish intellectual life in the city was also stirring. The driving force behind that awakening was a gifted Jewish physician, Hasdai Ibn Shaprut (c. 17 Born to a wealthy family that had moved to Cordoba from Jaén, on the eastern coast of Spain, Hasdai demonstrated a talent for languages, early on learning Arabic, Latin, and Romance (proto-Spanish), as well as Hebrew and Aramaic. His passion, however, was medicine, and while still a young man he acquired a measure of fame as a Cordovan physician.

He is, though, best known for his poetry. Just as his responsa show the influence of the Babylonian academies, so, too, his liturgical poetry preserves the then six-hundred-year-old Eastern tradition that went back to the work of Yannai, Qallir, and especially Sa‘adia Gaon. An archaizing religious poet of what Fleischer calls “titanic powers,” Ibn Avitor was prolific and ambitious. Some four hundred of his poems have survived (most still in manuscript), and he seems to have attempted almost every sort of pre-Andalusian liturgical mode.

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