Arthur C. Clarke Collection – Twenty Books by Arthur C. Clarke
A collection of twenty novels and anthologies spanning Clarke’s career.
Rendezvous with Rama (paperback, VERY GOOD condition)
“The multi-award-winning SF masterpiece from one of the greatest SF writers of all time
Rama is a vast alien spacecraft that enters the Solar System. A perfect cylinder some fifty kilometres long, spinning rapidly, racing through space, Rama is a technological marvel, a mysterious and deeply enigmatic alien artefact.
It is Mankind’s first visitor from the stars and must be investigated …
Winner of the HUGO AWARD for best novel, 1974
Winner of the NEBULA AWARD for best novel, 1973
Winner of the JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD for best novel, 1974
Winner of the BSFA AWARD for best novel, 1973”
The Hammer of God (paperback, VERY GOOD)
“The Hammer of God is vintage Clarke: superb storytelling, authentic science, and wonderful vignettes of life in the twenty-second century on Earth, the Moon, Mars – and in space.”
The Sands of Mars (paperback, GOOD)
“It is the twenty-first century. On Mars a dedicated group of pioneers – among them some of Earth’s finest brains – struggle to change the face of the planet . . .
Science fiction writer Martin Gibson finally gets a chance to visit the research colony on the Red Planet. It’s a dream come true – until he discovers the difficulties and perils of survival on another world . . . and the very real terror it holds.”
2001: A Space Odyssey (paperback, POOR)
“2001: A Space Odyssey is the classic science fiction novel that changed the way we looked at the stars and ourselves…
2001: A Space Odyssey inspired what is perhaps the greatest science fiction film ever made — brilliantly imagined by the late Stanley Kubrick…”
2010: Odyssey Two (paperback, FAIR)
“To the spaceship Discovery, floating in the silent depths of space since Dave Bowman passed through the alien ‘Star Gate’, comes Heywood Floyd on a mission of recovery. What he finds near Jupiter is beyond the imaginings of any mere human.”
2061: Odyssey Three (paperback, VERY GOOD)
“2061 is the year Halley’s Comet makes its next pilgrimage to the inner Solar System – and the year centenarian Heywood Floyd encounters once again the alien Monoliths. Near Jupiter, the transfigured forms of Dave Bowman and HAL the computer are Heywood’s only chance of survival – if they too are not now alien beings.”
3001: The Final Odyssey (hardback, VERY GOOD)
“When Frank Poole, whose body has been frozen in deep space for 1000 years, is resurrected, his second life brings him enlightening culture shocks a-plenty, but his Odyssey eventually leads him to defy the limitless power of an alien technology. The final sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.”
A Fall of Moondust (paperback, VERY GOOD)
“Time is running out for the passengers and crew of the tourist cruiser Selene, incarcerated in a sea of choking lunar dust. On the surface, her rescuers find their resources stretched to the limit by the mercilessly unpredictable conditions of a totally alien environment.
A brilliantly imagined story of human ingenuity and survival, A FALL OF MOONDUST is a tour-de-force of psychological suspense and sustained dramatic tension by the field’s foremost author.”
Childhood’s End (paperback, GOOD)
“Earth has become a Utopia, guided by a strange unseen people from outer space whose staggering powers have eradicated war, cruelty, poverty and racial inequality. When the ‘Overlords’ finally reveal themselves, their horrific form makes little impression.
Then comes the sign that the Overlords have been waiting for. A child begins to dream strangely – and develops remarkable powers. Soon this happens to every child – and the truth of the Overlords’ mission is finally revealed to the human race…”
The City and the Stars (hardback, FAIR)
“Clarke’s masterful evocation of the far future of humanity, considered his finest novel
Men had built cities before, but never such a city as Diaspar. For millennia its protective dome shut out the creeping decay and danger of the world outside. Once, it held powers that rule the stars.
But then, as legend has it, the invaders came, driving humanity into this last refuge. It takes one man, a Unique, to break through Diaspar’s stifling inertia, to smash the legend and discover the true nature of the Invaders.”
Imperial Earth (paperback, GOOD)
“Colonists from the entire solar system converge on the mother planet for the 2276 celebrations.
Among the influx of humanity is Duncan Makenzie, scientist-administrator from the underground colony of Titan, one of the outer moons of Saturn. Makenzie is not just on Earth for the celebrations, though; he has a delicate mission to perform – for his world, his family and himself…”
The Songs of Distant Earth (hardback, VERY GOOD)
“From the world’s most famous science fiction writer, a poignant and vivid story of doomsday and beyond.
The countdown to doomsday began with the discovery in 1956 of the neutrino, a particle with no mass and no charge. By the year 2001, the significance of this phantom particle was understood: it was a harbinger. A cosmic event was imminent, and would be close enough to touch. Soon the Sun would go nova; the demolition of Earth was assured. And so it happened in the year 3620.
Over the centuries of knowing the end was at hand, humanity pulled together to launch probes into space. Primitive ships, at first, carrying embryos to distant systems, relying on machines to incubate and rear the first people of a virgin land beneath an alien sun. On Thalassa, after a journey of 200 years, a colony blossomed, only to fall silent again.
On Earth the Lords of the Last Days lived with no need to care for the future of the world; it was the wildest of times, and the saddest. Last to leave was the Magellan carrying a million homeless; when cataclysm struck, its voyagers witnessed through telescopes the death of Earth and all its wonders, saw the Atlantic boil dry, the pyramids disintegrate, the land of Antarctica briefly bare of ice before fire consumed everything. Then the million slept.
Five hundred years later, the Magellan must make planetfall to repair its quantum drive. Its sleepers awake to find themselves visitors to Thalassa, where a cvilization has, in fact, survived. A clash of cultures unlike any before brings danger, despair, and some very tough decisions for two different peoples far from Earth – and its distant songs.”
Tales from Planet Earth (hardback, VERY GOOD)
“A collection of short stories which span the career of the author. The book includes the previously uncollected “On Golden Seas”.
Tales of Ten Worlds (paperback, GOOD)
“Worlds of water… and worlds of light… Space-ships plummeting into darkness…Asetroids burning to cinders in the flames of a nebula sun…Strange happenings…Strange planets…as man dares to experiment in space…”
Of Time and Stars (paperback, GOOD)
“A varied, fascinating selection of Arthur C. Clarke’s best science fiction stories, including The Sentinel, on which the film 2001 was based.”
Islands in the Sky (VERY GOOD)
“When young Roy Malcolm won the aviation quiz contest, his prize should have meant an ordinary sight-seeing jaunt on one of the man-made space stations that circled the earth. But instead the trip turned into a terrifying journey as misadventure after misadventure plagued the artificial satellite. The climatic moment came when one of the crew pushed the wrong button and rocketed the runaway ship into outer space…”
Cradle (with Gentry Lee, paperback, VERY GOOD)
“In a mind-blowing mix of scientific speculation and thriller, two seemingly unconnected events trigger off the discovery of nothing less than the secret of humanity’s existence.”
Against The Fall of Night (Clarke) and Beyond The Fall of Night (Gregory Benford) (paperback, VERY GOOD)
Single volume paperback including both Clarke’s original and Benford’s sequel.
“In the year ten billion A.D., Diaspar is the last city on Earth. Agelss and unchanging, the inhabitants see no reason to be curious about the outside world. But one child, Alvin – only seventeen and the last person to be born in Diaspar – finds that he is increasingly drawn to what lies outside the city walls. Even though he knows the Invaders, who devastated the world, may still be out there…”
“In Benford’s sequel Alvin’s discoveries have led to an renaissance; man is reclaiming the Earth. But along with creativity, evil has returned to the Earth.”
The Light of Other Days (with Stephen Baxter, paperback, VERY GOOD)
“In the most exciting SF collaboration ever, Arthur C. Clarke and his universally acknowledged heir Stephen Baxter pool talent, fantastic ideas, unprecedented cosmic insights as well as page-turning plotting skills and breathlessly good writing to produce the most awesome novel of the future since 3001.
’Space is what keeps everything from being in the same place. Right?’ With these words Hiram Patterson, head of the giant media corporation OurWorld, launches the greatest communications revolution in history. With OurWorld’s development of wormhole technology, any point in space can be connected to any other, faster than the speed of light. Realtime television coverage is here: earthquakes and wars, murders and disasters can be watched, exactly as they occur, anywhere on the planet.
Then WormCams are made to work across time as well as space. Humanity encounters itself in the light of other days. We witness the life of Jesus, go to the premiere of Hamlet, solve the enigmas that have baffled generations. Blood spilled centuries ago flows vividly once more – and no personal treachery or shame can be concealed.
But when the world and everything in it becomes as transparent as glass and there are no more secrets, people find new ways to gain vengeance and commit crime, and Hiram Patterson finds new ways to keep his Machiavellian schemes secret.”
Project Solar Sail (short story anthology edited by Clarke, paperback VERY GOOD)
“Sailing to distant stars is a dream that began with the publication of Arthur C. Clarke’s classic short story “Sunjammer”, in which he introduced the concept of space vehicles powered by sunlight. Scientists were so fired by the idea that their research led to the creation of such a machine.
In this intriguing anthology, such noted authors as Larry Niven, David Brin, Poul Anderson, Joe Clifford Faust, Ray Bradbury, Charles Sheffield, and Arthur C. Clarke himself contribute their future visions of solar sailing in a fascinating mix of stories, essays, and illustrations. This unique volume was created to help fund a daring concept that the World Space Foundation is now transforming into a daring reality.”