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Tales of Ten Worlds. 1962 Tales of Ten Worlds
by Arthur C. Clarke
First Edition 1962
Harcourt, Brace & World
New York
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustrator: N/A
246 pages
Price: $3.95

Tales of Ten Worlds, a collection of short fiction by Arthur C. Clarke.

  • I Remember Babylon
  • Summertime on Icarus
  • Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting...
  • Who's There?
  • Hate
  • Into the Comet
  • An Ape about the House
  • Saturn Rising
  • Let There be Light
  • Death and the Senator
  • Trouble With Time
  • Before Eden
  • A Slight Case of Sunstroke
  • Dog Star
  • The Road to the Sea
The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 1970 printing of the Gollancz hardback edition, ISBN 0575006935.

Publisher’s Blurb – Jacket Flaps
A wonderfully varied lot of stories. There are tales set in the world of today, among them "I Remember Babylon", which suggests—satirically and all too plausibly—how at this very moment our enemies may be scheming to destroy our morale with the help of communication satellites like Telstar. And there is "Hate", a powerful and dramatic account of something that might happen the next time a Russian is sent into orbit. Then there are stories which concern the world of a decade or a century hence—terrifyingly, as in "Summertime on Icarus", or touchingly, as in "Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Orbiting . . ." or amusingly, as in "An Ape About the House", or ironically, as in "Death and the Senator". But perhaps Arthur Clarke is at his impressive best when he projects his imagination into a future almost inconceivably remote. "The Road to the Sea" is a poetic, haunting and visionary novella about mankind six thousand years hence, as original and prophetic a piece of work as has been published in the field.

Tales from Ten Worlds includes some of the finest work that the 'colossus of science fiction' has yet produced.

From the UNESCO Courier:
"The selection of Mr. Arthur C. Clarke as winner of the 1962 Kalinga Prize means that this annual international award for the popularization of science has honoured for the first time an interpreter of the space age.

"Mr. Clarke is a former chairman of the British Interplanetary Society and is now President of the Ceylon Astronomical Association. Interplanetary flights, spaceships and expeditions into the cosmos are among the subjects of his twenty-eight books, both fiction and non-fiction, which have sold two million copies in fifteen languages.

"The Kalinga Prize of £1,000 is awarded by an international jury appointed by UNESCO . . . The jury which awarded the 1962 Kalinga Prize was composed of Professor I. I. Artobolevski of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R., Professor Giuseppe Montalenti of the Institute of Genetics of Rome University, and Dr. M. S. Randhawa, adviser on natural resources and scientific research to the Planning Commission of India.

"Previous winners of the prize since its foundation in 1951 have included Louis de Broglie, Julian Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Jean Rostand, etc., etc."

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