In leading an expedition through the many-layered Jovian atmosphere in the hydrogen balloon craft Kon-Tiki, Captain Howard Falcon discovers a world where bioluminescent air plankton produce brilliant atmospheric sea-fire, predatory manta-ray creatures dominate the skies, and enormous jellyfish-like beings grow to be over a mile across. The title story of this fourth collection from one of the genre’s most celebrated authors ends with a twist—that leaves the reader questioning what it means to be human. This collection contains some of the author’s most acclaimed short fiction, including “Cosmic Casanova” and “Sleeping Beauty”—stories that delight, surprise, and lead readers to ask big questions about humanity’s role in the cosmos.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (stories not included). Pages: 104. Chapters: A Meeting with Medusa, Breaking Strain (short story), Death and the Senator, Dog Star (short story), Earthlight (short story), Encounter in the Dawn, Exile of the Eons, Hate (short story), Hide-and-Seek (short story), History Lesson (short story), How We Went to Mars, If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth, Improving the Neighbourhood, Inheritance (short story), Into the Comet, I Remember Babylon, Jupiter Five, Loophole (short story), Neutron Tide, Patent Pending (short story), Rescue Party, Summertime on Icarus, Sunjammer, Superiority (short story), Technical Error, The Awakening (short story), The Curse (short story), The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch, The Food of the Gods (short story), The Forgotten Enemy, The Next Tenants, The Nine Billion Names of God, The Pacifist, The Possessed (short story), The Secret (short story), The Sentinel (short story), The Songs of Distant Earth, The Star (short story), Time's Arrow (short story), Transience (short story), Travel by Wire!, Trouble with the Natives, Venture to the Moon, When the Twerms Came.
Author: Arthur Charles Clarke
Arthur C Clarke is without question the world's best-known science fiction writer, enjoying a career of unequalled success. Clarke has always been celebrated for his prophetic vision, which is fully on display in this audiobook, but there are also many stories which show his imagination in full flight. This is the fifth and final volume in the collection, and includes some of Clarke's most accomplished work, including Dog Star, The Light of Darkness and The Hammer of Gods. Track Listing: CD 1: Dog Star read by Mike Grady Track 2 to 5, 16' 34 Maelstrom II read by Nick Boulton Track 6 to 13, 35' 54 An Ape About the House read by Buffy Davis Track 14 to end of Disc 1, 20' 48 CD 2: The Shining Ones read by Roger May Track 1 to 11, 45' 30 The Secret read by Mike Grady Track 13 to 14, 14' 45 Dial F for Frankenstein read by Nick Boulton Track 15 to end of Disc 2, 15' 08 CD 3: The Wind From the Sun read by Sean Barrett Track 1 to 13, 49' 00 The Food of the Gods read by Roger May Track 14 to 16, 12' 56 The Last Command read by Mike Grady Track 17 to end of Disc 3, 6' 20 CD 4: The Light of Darkness read by Nick Boulton Track 1 to 4, 14' 47 The Longest Science-Fiction Story Ever Told read by Sean Barrett Track 5, 1' 36 Playback read by Roger May Track 6 to 7, 7' 52 The Cruel Sky read by Mike Grady Track 8 to end of Disc 4, 48' 52 CD 5 and 6: Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq read by Nick Boulton Track 1 to 2, 5' 29 Crusade read by Sean Barrett Track 3 to 5, 13' 00 Neutron Tide read by Roger May Track 6, 4' 52 Reunion read by Mike Grady Track 7, 4' 46 Transit of Earth read by Nick Boulton Track 8 to 15, 33' 52 A Meeting With Medusa read by Sean Barrett Track 16 to Track 6 of Disc 7, 108' 32 CD 7: Quarantine read by Roger May Track 7, 2' 42 SiseneG read by Mike Grady Track 8, 0' 53 The Steam-Powered Word Processor read by Nick Boulton Track 9 to 11, 12' 07 On Golden Seas read by Sean Barrett Track 12 to 14, 10' 19 The Hammer of Gods read by Roger May Track 15 to Track 4 of Disc 8, 34' 10 The Wire Continuum read by Mike Grady Track 5 to 17, 54' 28 Improving the Neighbourhood read by Nick Boulton Track 18 to end of Disc 8, 3' 50
Arthur C. Clarke
Author: Joseph D. Olander, Martin Harry Greenberg
Publisher: New York : Taplinger Publishing Company
A critical assessment of the novels and short stories of Arthur C. Clarke, presented with a brief biographical sketch, highlights his contributions to science fiction and his impact on literature in general
Arthur C. Clarke
Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Already renowned for his science fiction and scientific nonfiction, Arthur C. Clarke became the world's most famous science fiction writer after the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He then produced novels like Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise that many regard as his finest works. Gary Westfahl closely examines Clarke's remarkable career, ranging from his forgotten juvenilia to the passages he completed for a final novel, The Last Theorem. As Westfahl explains, Clarke's science fiction offered original perspectives on subjects like new inventions, space travel, humanity's destiny, alien encounters, the undersea world, and religion. While not inclined to mysticism, Clarke necessarily employed mystical language to describe the fantastic achievements of advanced aliens and future humans. Westfahl also contradicts the common perception that Clarke's characters were bland and underdeveloped, arguing that these reticent, solitary individuals, who avoid conventional relationships, represent his most significant prediction of the future, as they embody the increasingly common lifestyle of people in the twenty-first century.
With special emphasis on literary merit, this book chronicles the literature of the great nations of Britain and America from their earliest origins to the twenty-first century.
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A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. This Companion conveys the scale and variety of science fiction. Shows how science fiction has been used as a means of debating cultural issues. Essays by an international range of scholars discuss the contexts, themes and methods used by science fiction writers. Addresses general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world. Maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture. Includes a section focusing on major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Offers close readings of particular novels, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
A bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields.
Author: Gardner Dozois
Presents twenty-three science fiction short stories from the 1950s to the present, which focus on the theme of exploration
Series covers individuals ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries cover: personal life, career, writings and works in progress, adaptations, additional sources, and photographs.
Presents literary criticism on writers and illustrators for children and young adults. Critical essays are selected from leading sources, including published journals, magazines, books, monographs, reviews, and scholarly papers.