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These short stories have survived test of time really well. Only some of them felt really awkward.
The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories (The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke #1, 1937-1955) — Arthur C. Clarke • Foreword — 4/5 • Travel by Wire! — 4/5 • How We Went to Mars — 3/5 • Retreat from Earth — 3/5 • The Awakening — 4/5 • Whacky — 3/5 • Loophole — 3/5 • Reverie — 5/5 • Rescue Party — 3/5 • Inheritance — 3/5 • Technical Error — 4/5 • Castaway — 2/5 • The Fires Within — 2/5 • Nightfall — 2/5 • History Lesson — 3/5 • The Wall of Darkness — 4/5 • Transience — 3/5 • The Lion of Comarre — 3...
Difficult to believe these were written 1937--49. Other than some technological lingo being really off (or just a bit off) these novels echo fairly recent ideas (or at least I thought they were ;)). And most of them are REALLY good :) Respect to you, Sir ACC!
It's fascinating to see in this collection of Clarke stories, the evolution and refinement of his work. Some of the earliest stories such as "How We Went to Mars" (1938) read like HG Wells's "The Time Machine" in that an amateur gentleman assembles a remarkable machine that resembles a Victorian sitting parlor with wings and recounts a fantastic voyage. Thankfully, this is not requiring any attention to minor details such as hostile alien environments, zero-G and high-G acceleration, etc. I can
An interesting read: all of Clarke's short stories over the course of his career (sometimes brtilliant, sometimes, not so much....). By reading the whole series one after another, the change and growth of his inimitable style through the decades can be truly appreciated.
The Wall of Darkness is one of the first science fiction things I've in my life(It was some Clark's short story collection) and I still remember it fondly. Still, the best one here is Travel by wire. To it seperately I give 5/5 stars.
The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories consists of a collection of early Arthur C. Clarke tales written between 1937 – 1949. The stories are surprisingly solid and universally interesting, a surprise given that some were written before Clarke was considered a professional writer. Very nice.