The Best of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1971

Arthur C. Clarke
science fiction, short stories
The Best of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1971 - Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke, the author of such science fiction classics as Sands of Mars, Childhood's End and the world-famous 2001: A Space Odyssey is concerned with both the scientific and the metaphysical aspects of sf. A founder member of the British Interplanetary Society, Clarke originated the proposal for the use of satellites for communications: his technical knowledge is equalled only by his skill as a writer. These eighteen stories are chosen to show Clarke's development in both areas.

The collection includes

Hide and Seek: One man against a murderously efficient space cruiser – on an asteroid only 20 kilometres wide.

The Sentinel: The short story on which the author based 2001.

Sunjammer: A fleet of mighty sunships embarks upon a fabulous voyage.

This anthology includes a complete bibliography and an introduction by Arthur C. Clarke.


  • 1933: A Science Fiction Odyssey (essay)
  • Travel by Wire!
  • Retreat from Earth
  • The Awakening
  • Whacky
  • Castaway
  • History Lesson
  • Hide and Seek
  • Second Dawn
  • The Sentinel
  • The Star
  • Refugee
  • Venture to the Moon
    • The Starting Line
    • Robin Hood, F.R.S.
    • Green Fingers
    • All That Glitters
    • Watch This Space
    • A Question of Residence
  • Into the Comet
  • Summertime on Icarus
  • Death and the Senator
  • Hate
  • Sunjammer
  • A Meeting with Medusa
  • Bibliography
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Release date: 1973
Genres: science fiction, short stories
Updated: August 21, 2021