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The Nine Billion Names of God
is a collection of science fiction
Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginary but more or less plausible content such as future settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, aliens, and paranormal abilities...
A short story is a work of fiction that is usually written in prose, often in narrative format. This format tends to be more pointed than longer works of fiction, such as novellas and novels. Short story definitions based on length differ somewhat, even among professional writers, in part because...
by Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein,...
This collection includes:
- "The Nine Billion Names of God
"The Nine Billion Names of God" is a 1953 science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke. The story was the winner of the retrospective Hugo Award for Best Short Story for the year 1954.-Plot summary:...
- "I Remember Babylon
"I Remember Babylon" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke. It was first published in 1959 and reprinted in the 1962 collection Tales of Ten Worlds.-Plot summary:...
- "Trouble with Time"
- "Rescue Party"
- "The Curse"
- "Summertime on Icarus
"Summertime on Icarus" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1960. It was also published under the title "The Hottest Piece of Real Estate in the Solar System".-Plot summary:...
- "Dog Star
"Dog Star" is a 1961 science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke about an astronomer and his dog, Laika. The story was also published under the title "Moondog".-Plot summary:...
- "Hide and Seek"
- "Out of the Sun"
- "The Wall of Darkness"
- "No Morning After"
- "The Possessed"
- "Death and the Senator
"Death and the Senator" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke. It was originally published in 1960 and has since been included in several collections of Clarke's writings.-Plot summary:...
- "Who's There?"
- "Before Eden"
"Superiority" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1951. It depicts an arms race, and shows how the side which is more technologically advanced can be defeated, despite its apparent superiority, because of its own organizational flaws and its willingness to...
- "A Walk in the Dark"
- "The Call of the Stars"
- "The Reluctant Orchid"
- "Encounter at Dawn
"Encounter in the Dawn" is a short story by Arthur C. Clarke published in 1953 in the magazine Amazing Stories. It was originally collected in the anthology Expedition to Earth, and, in one edition of the book, is titled "Expedition to Earth". In a later collection the title "Encounter at...
- "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..."
- "Patent Pending"
- "The Sentinel
"The Sentinel" is a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, which was expanded and modified into the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Clarke expressed impatience with the common description of it as "the story on which 2001 is based." He was quoted as saying, it is like comparing "an acorn to...
"Transience" is a short story by Arthur C. Clarke.Probably the most interesting aspect of this story is its opening part - reluctant exploration of the surrounding world by a little child in a way that reminds of the first story in 2001: A Space Odyssey.The story is told through the medium of...
- "The Star
"The Star" is a science fiction short story by English writer Arthur C. Clarke. It appeared in the science fiction magazine Infinity Science Fiction in 1955 and won the Hugo award in 1956. The story was also published as "Star of Bethlehem"...