Arthur C. Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host.
He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, considered by the American Film Institute to be one of the most influential films of all time. His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, along with a large readership, making him into one of the towering figures of the field. For many years he, along with Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.
Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934 while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system—an idea that, in 1963, won him the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal. Later he was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1946–47 and again in 1951–53.
Clarke was also a science writer, who was both an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability, who won a Kalinga Prize in 1961.
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The Firstborn–the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey–have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for decades. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir’s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power–a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity’s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed–and one that will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa’s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.


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"The Seventh Science Fiction Megapack" presents a terrific mix of science fiction stories, new and old, including a Hugo Award-winning story by Lawrence Watt-Evans, a Hugo Award nominee from Mike Resnick, and classics by Arthur C. Clarke, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and many more. Almost 700 pages of great reading!

Included are:

ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE, by Mike Resnick
A BRIEF DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF THE SPHERES, by Michael Kurland
GRANDPA?, by Edward M. Lerner
TO ERR IS INHUMAN, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
SARGASSO OF LOST STARSHIPS, by Poul Anderson
THE SWORDSMEN OF VARNIS, by Geoffrey Cobbe
MOON DOG, by Arthur C. Clarke
WHY I LEFT HARRY’S ALL-NIGHT HAMBURGERS, by Lawrence Watt-Evans
GALACTIC CHEST, by Clifford D. Simak
PROTOTYPE, by John Gregory Betancourt
THE DOORSTOP, by Reginald Bretnor
THE TIME DISSOLVER, by Jerry Sohl
DO UNTO OTHERS, by Damien Broderick
KEEP OUT, by Fredric Brown
THE CHAPTER ENDS, by Poul Anderson
DO UNTO OTHERS, by Mark Clifton
THE SERVANT PROBLEM, by Robert F. Young
THE SLIZZERS, by Jerome Bixby
AND THEN THE TOWN TOOK OFF, by Richard Wilson
SPACE OPERA, by Michael R. Collings
I AM TOMORROW, by Lester del Rey
RIPENESS IS ALL, by Jesse Roarke
DAWSON DID IT, by C.J. Henderson
STARMAN'S QUEST, by Robert Silverberg
THROUGH TIME & SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT (94), by Grendel Briarton

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"The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack" contains 27 more works spanning time and space--including 24 stories, 2 interviews, and "A Science Fiction Alphabet." Fun stuff indeed! Included are:

INTERVIEW: DAN SIMMONS, conducted by Darrell Schweitzer
THE SPIRES OF DENON, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A HOUND DOG, by Brenda W. Clough
FOR I AM A JEALOUS PEOPLE! by Lester del Rey
LUVVER, by Mack Reynolds
FROG LEVEL, by Bud Webster
CAPTAINS CONSPIRING AT THEIR MUTINIES, by Jay Lake
SHIFTING SEAS, by Stanley G. Weinbaum
THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 8, by Grendel Briarton
ROCK GARDEN, by Kevin O'Donnell, Jr.
THE GENOA PASSAGE, by George Zebrowski
EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING, by Ray Faraday Nelson
OVER THE TOP, by Lester del Rey
WHEN THEY COME FROM SPACE, by Mark Clifton
THE SEALED SKY, by Cynthia Ward
METEOR STRIKE! by Donald E. Westlake
WAITING FOR THE COIN TO DROP, by Dean Wesley Smith
BEYOND THE DARKNESS, by S. J. Byrne
THE SMALLEST GOD, by Lester del Rey
THE SCIENCE FICTION ALPHABET, by Allen Glasser
CANAL, by Carl Jacobi
THE LOCH MOOSE MONSTER, by Janet Kagan
MY FAIR PLANET, by Evelyn E. Smith
BEFORE EDEN, by Arthur C. Clarke
SEQUENCE, by Carl Jacobi
PREFERRED RISK, by Frederik Pohl and Lester del Rey
INTEVIEW: FREDERIK POHL, conducted by Darrell Schweitzer

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