Collected Stories, Volume 2: The Sentinel

By Arthur C. Clarke

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

Originally released in 1983, this assortment represents a few of the maximum brief fiction from one of many genre's most famed authors. those accumulated works have been written all through Clarke's occupation, from 1946 to 1981—originally showing in technological know-how fiction magazines resembling Thrilling ask yourself Stories, Famous marvelous Mysteries, and OMNI.

Between those pages you'll locate a few of Clarke's such a lot groundbreaking early stories—many of which motivated later vintage novel-length paintings. The name tale, "The Sentinel," shaped the root for what might later turn into the Space Odyssey series—perhaps Clarke's most famed paintings. You'll additionally locate "Guardian Angel," a not often reproduced tale that was once the muse for Childhood's End.

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