Author of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novels Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise along with such memorable novels as Childhood's End, Sir Arthur C. Clarke was - with Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein - one of the writers who defined the classic era of science fiction. From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre" through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.
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- Bob H
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It's great to have these stories in audio form. Looking for my favourites without the names of the chapters is a bit frustrating. Here is how they are arranged in my copy from Audible. (There are two stories in 2 parts and two stories are 6 in 1).
2. Travel by Wire!
3. How We Went to Mars
4. Retreat from Earth
6. The Awakening
9. Rescue Party
10. Technical Error
12. The Fires Within
15. History Lesson
17. The Wall of Darkness
18. The Lion of Comarre
19. The Engineer
20. The Forgotten Enemy
22. Breaking Strain
24. Guardian Angel
25. Time's Arrow
26. A Walk in the Dark
27. Silence Please
28. Trouble with the Natives
29. The Road to the Sea pt 1
30. The Road to the Sea pt 2
31. The Sentinel
32. Holiday On the Moon
33. Earthlight pt 1
34. Earthlight pt 2
35. Second Dawn
37. If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth
38. All The Time in the World
39. The Nine Billion Names of God
40. The Possessed
41. The Parasite
42. Jupiter Five
43. Encounter in the Dawn
44. The Other Tiger
45. Publicity Campaign
46. Armaments Race
47. The Deep Range
48. No Morning After
49. Big Game Hunt
50. Patent Pending
52. The Star
53. What Goes Up
54. Venture to the Moon (six individual connected stories)
55. The Pacifist
56. The Reluctant Orchid
57. Moving Spirit
58. The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch
59. The Ultimate Melody
60. The Next Tenants
61. Cold War
62. Sleeping Beauty
63. Security Check
64. The Man Who Ploughed the Sea
65. Critical Mass
66. The Other Side of the Sky (six individual connected stories)
67. Let There Be Light
68. Out of the Sun
69. Cosmic Casanova
70. The Songs of Distant Earth
71. A Slight Case of Sunstroke
72. Who's There?
73. Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting…
74. I Remember Babylon
75. Trouble with Time
76. Into the Comet
77. Summertime on Icarus
78. Saturn Rising
79. Death and the Senator
80. Before Eden
82. Love That Universe
83. Dog Star
84. Maelstrom II
85. An Ape About the House
86. The Shining Ones
87. The Secret
88. Dial F for Frankenstein
89. The Wind from the Sun
90. The Food of the Gods
91. The Last Command
92. Light of Darkness
93. The Longest Science-fiction Story Ever Told
95. The Cruel Sky
96. Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq.
98. Neutron Tide
100. Transit of Earth
101. A Meeting with Medusa
103. 'siseneG': 'Genesis' spelled backwards
104. The Steam-powered Word Processor
105. On Golden Seas
106. The Hammer of God
107. The Wire Continuum (with Stephen Baxter)
108. Improving the Neighbourhood
A Bargain and a Classic
This is a fantastic collection of stories. You get to relive the golden age of science fiction, and do it at a bargain price. This is 51 hours of stories for just a single credit. I wish all of the older books came packaged like this, I would be going through them all.
- KW Charlie
List of stories from
With thanks to Alexander Arsovon August 30, 2011 review of the paperback I took the list from.
Be sure to check the complete MUCH longer and better review https://www.amazon.com/gp/review/RN9FZFUXK9SMB?ref_=glimp_1rv_cl
Arthur C. Clarke The Collected Stories
Tor, Hardback, 2001
8vo. x+966 pp. Foreword by Arthur Clarke, June 2000 [ix-x].
First published thus, 2000.
1. Travel by Wire!  11:54
2. How We Went to Mars ** 24:17
3. Retreat from Earth  29:41
4. Reverie ** 05:44
5. The Awakening  06:49
6. Whacky  03:03
7. Loophole  12:43
8. Rescue Party  1:06:40
9. Technical Error  46:20
10. Castaway  16:32
11. The Fires Within  24:24
12. Inheritance  19:16
13. Nightfall [1947, aka "The Curse"] 06:37
14. History Lesson  22:43
15. Transience  15:07
16. The Wall of Darkness  50:19
17. The Lion of Comarre  1:13:14 + 48:43
18. The Forgotten Enemy  16:16
19. Hide-and-Seek  26:22
20. Breaking Strain  1:16:00
21. Nemesis  43:18
22. Guardian Angel  1:11:41
23. Time's Arrow  32:10
24. A Walk in the Dark  24:55
25. Silence Please  28:11
26. Trouble with the Natives  29:25
27. The Road to the Sea  1:04:05 + 1:07:42
28. The Sentinel  25:19
29. Holiday On the Moon ** 1:11:47
30. Earthlight ** 59:51+ 1:00:55
31. Second Dawn  1:22:58
32. Superiority  23:50
33. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..."  11:42
34. All The Time in the World  28:32
35. The Nine Billion Names of God  15:46
36. The Possessed  14:54
37. The Parasite  29:37
38. Jupiter Five  1:16:39
39. Encounter in the Dawn  30:11
40. The Other Tiger  09:09
41. Publicity Campaign  10:31
42. Armaments Race  16:34
43. The Deep Range  21:21
44. No Morning After  15:19
45. Big Game Hunt  14:39
46. Patent Pending  27:04
47. Refugee  30:21
48. The Star  16:06
49. What Goes Up  27:09
Venture to the Moon  1:01:28
50. The Starting Line 51. Robin Hood, F.R.S. 52. Green Fingers
53. All that Glitters 54. Watch this Space 55. A Question of Residence
56. The Pacifist  25:20
57. The Reluctant Orchid  23:43
58. Moving Spirit  29:38
59. The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch  14:59
60. The Ultimate Melody  18:29
61. The Next Tenants  22:50
62. Cold War  16:37
63. Sleeping Beauty  24:07
64. Security Check  11:33
65. The Man Who Ploughed the Sea  44:02
66. Critical Mass  16:28
The Other Side of the Sky  49:25
67. Special Delivery 68. Feathered Friend 69. Take a Deep Breath
70. Freedom of Space 71. Passer-by 72. The Call of the Stars
73. Let There Be Light  16:00
74. Out of the Sun  16:59
75. Cosmic Casanova  15:28
76. The Songs of Distant Earth  1:20:23
77. A Slight Case of Sunstroke  18:19
78. Who's There?  11:17
79. Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting...  13:12
80. I Remember Babylon  27:56
81. Trouble with Time  14:25
82. Into the Comet  24:17
83. Summertime on Icarus  31:29
84. Saturn Rising  25:26
85. Death and the Senator  50:53
86. Before Eden  26:41
87. Hate  42:01
88. Love That Universe  09:58
89. Dog Star  14:03
90. Maelstrom II  33:25
91. An Ape About the House  15:38
92. The Shining Ones  41:27
93. The Secret  14:23
94. Dial F for Frankenstein  16:41
95. The Wind from the Sun  54:08
96. The Food of the Gods  11:15
97. The Last Command  05:19
98. The Light of Darkness  18:48
99. The Longest Science-fiction Story Ever Told  01:33
100. Playback  08:36
101. The Cruel Sky  48:44
102. Herbert George Morley Roberts Wells, Esq.  05:31
103. Crusade  13:12
104. Neutron Tide  04:34
105. Reunion  04:22
106. Transit of Earth  36:45
107. A Meeting with Medusa  1:59:04
108. Quarantine  02:35
109. siseneG  00:45
110. The Steam-powered Word Processor ***15:05
111. On Golden Seas  09:17
112. The Hammer of God ** 34:02
113. The Wire Continuum (with Stephen Baxter) **55:12
114. Improving the Neighbourhood ** 05:04
* In square brackets: the year of first publication, usually in magazine.
** Apparently first appearance at all, or at least first appearance in book form.
*** The only appearance of this piece in book form before seems to have been in the collections of essays Astounding Days (1989) and Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (1999).
- Jim H
real science fiction - lots of it!
It seems that there are tons of series in science fiction many of which are space battle or end of the world type scenarios. While many of those are good, they tend to build up one universe and then 'just' inhabit it with people with apparently similar stories. While there is a lot of work that goes into those, they tend to be limited in scope.
On the other hand, this book has over 100 stories from Arthur C Clarke. Instead of being build no the same future world, each one tends to be unique and full of vision. The stories range in length but it is totally amazing the breadth of the imagination of this one master of Science Fiction.
In addition to the huge variety of stories, each ones well written and holds up remarkably well over the decades.
Then you add the narrators - each of them does an excellent job on the individual stories they read.
This is a must listen for anyone who loves Science Fiction.
I am only ½ through (21 hours still to go) and still enjoying it no end! Which is obviously as I am writing a positive review even before I am done.
Excellent work - appreciate the gathering of all of them into the audio format with narrators that know how to bring a story up to life.
- Greg Costello
Wow! So happy in Audio form!
For anyone who does not know who Arthur C. Clark is, then you are missing one of the great minds of all time. This giant tome of stories (over 100!) is a great way to be introduced to the original master of SciFi.
For A.C.C. fans, this is a very good find! The narrators are top notch.
- Elisabeth Carey
Excellent SF from an earlier era
These are the collected shorter works of Arthur C. Clarke, and that almost ought to be enough to say about it. It spans his entire career, and includes his best-known classics, lesser-known works, and has the Tales From the White Hart stories sprinkled throughout. The stories here are funny and grim, optimistic and pessimistic, and feature the best and the worst of the human race. I found Clarke's view of women's and girls' roles to be interesting. He seems to have never thought women were less intelligent or less capable, but at the same time he started out taking women's roles for granted. Only later in his career do we start to see women who are not only intelligent and capable, but also having independent lives and careers.
Unlike some male writers of his generation, though, he doesn't seem to have resisted the realization that social roles were changing.
He was a good, solid, entertaining writer who took his science seriously. The ones we have now with that same seriousness about the science are mostly edgier, and you wouldn't want them not to be. It's a different time and a different culture. Clarke's perspective on the universe is still his own, though, and well worth a read or a listen. Ray Porter, Jonnathan Davis, and Ralph Lister do excellent work in reading these stories.
Note that at 51 hours, this is quite a few listens!
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.
The joy of Arthur C Clarke!
All of Clarke's marvelous short stories in one compilation, what can I say other than WOW! I have many of these stories in books one my shelves, but these narrations really bring them to life. That said, if I could caution Ralph Lister, I would try to convince him to avoid an American (let alone Texan) accent at all costs! But seriously, five stars and two thumbs up, this audio presentation was fabulous!
Great short story compilation, uneven experience
The book is a long experience. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to hear Clarke's works, and they sparked many ideas of my own!
Some of the stories are mildly interesting, while others are fantastic wanderings into science fiction! I can definitely recommend the book to science fiction enthusiasts, and I would not recommend listening if you're looking for a consistently gripping story. This compilation contains a lot of content and is more like a historical account in some ways, containing both the most and least compelling works of Clarke. I personally enjoyed this book immensely!
Two minor editing and production errors do hinder the audiobook. First, the announcement of each title is oddly placed, making it difficult to catch and associate with the next story. Second, the narration is inconsistent, making some stories a slog and others a delight!
If you think the book sounds long or not quite your cup of tea, I recommend skipping this. A shorter compilation, such as Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles or The Illustrated Man are much easier listens and end in roughly one seventh of the time.
If you are interested in riding along as one of the masters of science fiction slowly discovers his style and develops his craft, then I cannot recommend this book enough!
- J. Caulfield
Great value, stands up to time
Clearly, A.C.C. Is one of those foundational authors of science fiction. If you have enjoyed his work, this is a wonderful collection of his work. Using a single credit to get this is amazing. If you don’t like his work, then buying 50+ hours of his work is unlikely to change your mind. I would not buy this if you aren’t a fan of sci-fi or of ACC. While that should be obvious... well it isn’t.
As a side note, in case you have not read a lot of ACC. His stuff is certainly dated to a degree. It was written over 3 decades ago. However, most of it holds up over time. The ideas are well considered and wonderfully appropriate through time. His writing itself is excellent. Great word selection, flow and pacing. Clarke does wonderful writing. I read this alongside Clines’ short story collection, and it was difficult to immediately recognize the difference.
I really enjoyed the stories here. I had to leave and come back because of how much content is here, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Loved a lot of these stories
There were several short stories in this book that I had to immediately re-listen to a couple times, because they were just so phenomenal and awe-inspiring. The stories range from only a minute long up to a couple of hours long, and include a couple of short stories which inspired some of Clarke's longer novels. I wasn't a big fan of the narrator Ralph Lister, who seemed to read the most, however there are a couple of other narrators who read as well.