Arthur C. Clarke It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system,
2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.
This allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe, and the universe's reaction to humanity, was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick's immortal film, and lives on as a hallmark achievement in storytelling.
Arthur C. Clarke Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science-fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this New York Times best seller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled.
Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy - whether it wishes to or not.
Philip José Farmer, Harry Harrison, Fritz Leiber, Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke & Frederik Pohl The biggest collection yet of favorite sci-fi stories - 16 full hours! Titles included are:"The Missing Link" by Frank Herbert,"Arm of the Law" by Harry Harrison, "No Moving Parts by Murray F. Yaco,"The Hills of Home" by Alfred Coppell,"The Measure of a Man" by Gordon Randall Garrett,"The Hated" by Frederick Pohl,"Salvage in Space" by Jack Williamson,"The Burning Bridge" by Poul Anderson,"The Crystal Crypt" by Philip K. Dick,"The Hour of Battle" by Robert Sheckley,"The Mathematicians" by Arthur Feldman,"Crossroads of Destiny" by H. Beam Piper,"Homesick" by Lynn Venable,"The Eyes Have it" by James McKimmey, Jr.,"They Twinkled Like Jewels" by Philip Jose Farmer,"Old Rambling House" by Frank Herbert,"Youth" by Isaac Asimov, "Navy Day" by Harry Harrison,"Service with a Smile" by Charles Louis Fontenay,"The Cosmic Express" by John Stewart Williamson,"The Moon is Green" by Fritz Leiber,"Stopover Planet" by Robert E. Gilbert,"Watchbird" by Robert Sheckley,"Probability" by Louis Trimble, "The Doorway" by Evelyn E. Smith,"The Stroke of the Sun" by Arthur C. Clarke, "The Velvet Glove" by Harry Harrison, and "The House from Nowhere" by Arthur Stangland "The Tunnel Under the World" - Frederik Pohl
Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter The Firstborn, the mysterious race of aliens best known as the builders of the iconic black monolith in
2001: A Space Odyssey, have inhabited the writing of science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke for decades. In the first two books of his acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic. That fate was narrowly averted, at an inconceivable price. But now, 27 years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.
Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.Why did the Firstborn create Mir? Why was Bisesa taken there and then brought back on the day after her original disappearance?
Bisesa's questions receive a chilling answer when scientists discover an anomaly in the sun's core - an anomaly that has no natural cause, evidence of alien intervention over two thousand years before. Now, plans set in motion millennia ago by inscrutable watchers light-years away are coming to fruition, in a sunstorm designed to scour the Earth of all life through a bombardment of deadly radiation.
Thus commences a furious race against a ticking solar time bomb. But even now, as apocalypse looms, cooperation is not easy for the peoples and nations of the Earth. Religious and political differences threaten to undermine every effort. And all the while, the Firstborn are watching...
Arthur C. Clarke Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.
Arthur C. Clarke, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Ben Bova, Isaac Asimov, Greg Bear, Fritz Leiber, Connie Willis, Dan Simmons & Jane Yolen Watch out - the Earth just fell into a dark sun's orbit! Or maybe you'd rather visit a theme park called Hell? These are just two of the strange and unnerving tales you'll find in this collection of great science fiction and fantasy stories. Take your imagination into futuristic and mystical worlds where gravity can kill and humans become walking biochip labs. See the world through the eyes of a four-legged creature in Susan Shwartz's "Critical Cats", and meet an electronic storyteller in Isaac Asimov's "Someday".
The other stories include Greg Bear's "Blood Music," Ben Bova's "The Man Who Hated Gravity", Arthur C. Clarke's "Breaking Strain", Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air", Kristine Kathryn Rusch's "Sing" and "Story Child", Dan Simmons's "Vanni Fucci Is Alive and Well and Living in Hell", Connie Willis's "Ado", and Jane Yolen's "Green Messiah."
Arthur C. Clarke A spaceship crew from an advanced alien civilization notices that Earth faces imminent destruction as its sun begins to explode. With time rapidly ticking down, the crew desperately searches a now-desolate planet for any possible human survivors.
This is the very first short story written by one of the world's most prominent science-fiction authors.
Arthur C. Clarke A spaceship crew from an advanced alien civilization notices that Earth faces imminent destruction as its sun begins to explode. With time rapidly ticking down, the crew desperately searches a now-desolate planet for any possible human survivors. This is the very first short story written by one of the world's most prominent science-fiction authors.
Arthur C. Clarke & Frederik Pohl The Last Theorem is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, and a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method. It is also a gripping intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, the Grand Galactics, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together or perish. In 1637, the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat scrawled a note in the margin of a book about an enigmatic theorem. He also neglected to record his proof elsewhere. Thus began a search for the Holy Grail of mathematics, a search that didn't end until 1994, when Andrew Wiles published a 150-page proof. But the proof was burdensome, overlong, and utilized mathematical techniques undreamed of in Fermat's time, and so it left many critics unsatisfied, including young Ranjit Subramanian, a Sri Lankan with a special gift for mathematics and a passion for the famous "Last Theorem".
When Ranjit writes a three-page proof of the theorem that relies exclusively on knowledge available to Fermat, his achievement is hailed as a work of genius, bringing him fame and fortune. But it also brings him to the attention of the National Security Agency and a shadowy United Nations outfit called Pax per Fidem, or Peace Through Transparency, whose secretive workings belie its name. Suddenly Ranjit and his wife, Myra de Soyza, an expert in artificial intelligence, find themselves swept up in world-shaking events, his genius for abstract mathematical thought put to uses that are both concrete and potentially deadly.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to anyone on Earth, an alien fleet is approaching the planet at a significant percentage of the speed of light. Their mission: to exterminate the dangerous species of primates known as homo sapiens.