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Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century, and surely the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is -- with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein -- one of the writers who define the genre. Now, at the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive definitive edition of hi Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century, and surely the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is -- with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein -- one of the writers who define the genre. Now, at the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive definitive edition of his collected shorter works, which will be made available on audio in four chronological volumes, followed by a 30 cassette gift set, the most ambitious science fiction audio project in history. Brief introductions place each story in the context of Clarke's career. Fantastic Audio has acquired exclusive audio rights to this collection. From early stories like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre," to classics like "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 works like "A Meeting With Medusa" and "The Hammer of God," this immense volume encapsulates one of the great SF careers of all time.


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Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century, and surely the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is -- with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein -- one of the writers who define the genre. Now, at the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive definitive edition of hi Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the century, and surely the most celebrated science fiction author alive. He is -- with H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein -- one of the writers who define the genre. Now, at the dawn of the year 2001, Sir Arthur C. Clarke has cooperated in the preparation of a massive definitive edition of his collected shorter works, which will be made available on audio in four chronological volumes, followed by a 30 cassette gift set, the most ambitious science fiction audio project in history. Brief introductions place each story in the context of Clarke's career. Fantastic Audio has acquired exclusive audio rights to this collection. From early stories like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre," to classics like "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 works like "A Meeting With Medusa" and "The Hammer of God," this immense volume encapsulates one of the great SF careers of all time.

30 review for The Lion of Comarre & Other Stories

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elar

    These short stories have survived test of time really well. Only some of them felt really awkward.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Olof

    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!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zack Hester

    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 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 — 3/5 • The Forgotten Enemy — 3/5 • Breaking Strain — 4/5

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elsabeth Marriott

    A bit hit and miss. I really enjoyed some of the stories while others just didn’t click. The lion of comarre was my favourite.

  5. 5 out of 5

    “Gideon” Dave Newell

    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 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 excuse this because the tone of this particular story is tongue-in-cheek humor. Other stories however, wave the magic wand of "Atomic-Power" to explain away any technological need the narrative may face- obviously anticipating much future success with the newly arrived science. The title story "Lion of Comarre" probably has the best example in the Atomic cutting instrument which is included in a list of common tools alongside a universal screwdriver. In other more serious stories, such as "Nightfall" (1947), Clarke addresses the terrifying self-destructive potential of Atomic power in the hands of mankind. The final story in the collection, "Breaking Strain" (1949) which contributed some of the ideas later seen in "2001: A Space Odyssey", makes a great bookend to "How We Went to Mars" in that it pays exquisite attention to the hard science details of orbital mechanics, the effect of weightlessness on the human body, psychological dangers of prolonged isolation, and more. The collection is at its best, however, when Clarke wrote in the freely fantastic realm of the unknown and unknowable extra-dimensional, such as "The Wall of Darkness" (1949) and "Technical Error" (1946). I found myself pausing after finishing each to wonder for awhile at the implications, as all good Space Opera SF should do.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlyn

    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. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mladen

    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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Todd Martin

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Master

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eyejaybee

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ajaythayaananth

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Stratmann

  13. 5 out of 5

    robert potter

  14. 5 out of 5

    DL Orton

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grant Piesse

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aurobind Narendran

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Coolee

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  20. 5 out of 5

    J.I. Rogers

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ana

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Holloway

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erin Leonard

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Plumlee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne Louise MacDonald

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  27. 4 out of 5

    CR Tabitha

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fred Underwood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pop Marcel

  30. 5 out of 5

    David W

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