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Encounter in the Dawn. 1953 Encounter in the Dawn
by Arthur C. Clarke
published in:
Amazing Stories
Edited by Howard Browne
Vol.27, No.5, June-July 1953
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company
New York
Cover illustration by Barye Phillips
164 pages
Price: $0.35

Encounter in the Dawn, a short story by Arthur C. Clarke. See pages 4-16.

The text includes illustrations by an uncredited artist on pages 4-5 and 12-13. ACC identified this short story as a significant influence on his thinking during the early stages of writing 2001: A Space Odyssey, where it was modified and fused with other ideas including another short story, The Sentinel.

Also published as Expedition to Earth and Encounter at Dawn.

Introductory Blurb
A lot of glib fiction has been written about life on other planets, with space ships dropping down among alien races, zap guns decimating the enemy, while Our Hero goes batting off after a Beautiful Princess, who is about to be ravaged by the hairy-nosed glumpfx of Pluto.

But Mr. Clarke, whose book, Exploration of Space, was a Book-of-the-Month choice, takes the realistic approach and gets better results than anything by the boom-boom boys.

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