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Across the Sea of Stars. 1959 Across the Sea of Stars
by Arthur C. Clarke
First Edition 1959
Harcourt, Brace & Company
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover design by Arthur Hawkins
xii+586 pages
Price: $3.95

Across the Sea of Stars, an omnibus of short fiction and two complete novels by Arthur C. Clarke presented in five sections.

  • Expedition to Earth
    • The Sentinel
    • Inheritance
    • Encounter at Dawn
    • Superiority
    • Hide and Seek
    • History Lesson
    • "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..."
    • Breaking Strain
  • Tales from the White Hart
    • Silence, Please!
    • Armaments Race
    • The Pacifist
    • The Next Tenants
    • The Reluctant Orchid
  • Reach for Tomorrow
    • Rescue Party
    • Technical Error
    • The Fires Within
    • Time's Arrow
    • Jupiter Five
  • Childhood's End [Complete novel]
  • Earthlight [Complete novel]
Publisher's Blurb - Jacket Flaps
Across the Sea of Stars proves, if proof is necessary, that Arthur Clarke is exactly what Holiday has called him: "the colossus of science fiction". This omnibus contains Clarke's own selection of his best fiction since he entered the field in 1946.

The eighteen short stories and two full-length novels presented here show the tremendous scope and power of Clarke's imagination and writing talent. They clearly reflect his reputation as a brilliant scientist. Those who already know Clarke will not want to miss this collection. Those who have not yet read Clarke have this exciting discovery ahead -- a discovery that includes the fastest space ship in existence chasing a lone man around a Martian satellite; a phony death ray that turns out to be the real thing; an invasion, not from outer space, but from within the earth; and a war that was lost because the enemy's science was inferior.

In Childhood's End and Earthlight Clarke demonstrates his ability in the field of the novel. The former has been recognized by critics as a masterpiece, and the latter, because flights to the moon now seem close at hand, has a relevancy that is immediately obvious.

This remarkable collection demonstrates more clearly than ever that Arthur Clarke has no equal among writers of science fiction in literary skill, technical knowledge, and reach of imagination.

Arthur C. Clarke was born and educated in England. He took a degree, with First Class Honors, in physics and in pure and applied mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has twice been chairman of the British Interplanetary Society. He is also a member of the Underwater Explorers Club, and was engaged a few years ago in underwater exploration and photography along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. From this experience he gathered material for his novel The Deep Range. Since turning to full-time writing in 1951, Mr. Clarke has published eight novels, more than one hundred articles and short stories, and seven works of nonfiction. His most recently published works are The Reefs of Taprobane, The Making of a Moon, and The Other Side of the Sky.

For a man who expends enormous energy barnstorming the world in pursuit of his scientific interests, Mr. Clarke's literary output is phenomenal both in quality and quantity. This omnibus represents Mr. Clarke’s choice of his best in fiction.

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