Collected Stories, Volume 4: A Meeting with Medusa

By Arthur C. Clarke

One of the 35 e-book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the whole Arthur C. Clarke Collection.

In prime an day trip throughout the many-layered Jovian surroundings within the hydrogen balloon craft Kon-Tiki, Captain Howard Falcon discovers an international the place bioluminescent air plankton produce terrific atmospheric sea-fire, predatory manta-ray creatures dominate the skies, and large jellyfish-like beings change into over a mile across.

The name tale of this fourth assortment from one of many genre's such a lot celebrated authors ends with a twist—that leaves the reader wondering what it capacity to be human. This assortment includes the various author's so much acclaimed brief fiction, together with "Cosmic Casanova" and "Sleeping Beauty"—stories that pride, shock, and lead readers to invite enormous questions about humanity's position within the cosmos.

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She used to be simply beginning to bump. you love to move down back, or shall I ship one of many boys? ’ ‘I’ll take it,’ Tibor swiftly spoke back. ‘I can do it speedier than they could. ’ That was once completely actual, however it took him twenty mins to find the pill. The Arafura had drifted good clear of it earlier than Nick may well cease the engine, and there has been a time whilst Tibor puzzled if he might ever locate it back. He quartered the ocean mattress in nice arcs, and it used to be now not until eventually he had by accident tangled within the trailing parachute that his seek used to be ended.

Many folks imagine that, to the contrary, it has a undeniable appropriateness—even a poetic justice. Mankind now faces its final emergency. In any such second of drawback, is it no longer correct for us to name upon the intuition that has consistently ensured our survival long ago? A poet in an past, virtually both age placed it greater than i will ever desire to do: WE needs to LOVE each other OR DIE. puppy superstar First released in Galaxy, April 1962, as ‘Moondog’ amassed in stories of Ten Worlds i will be able to not endure to learn this tale, now that Laika sleeps without end within the backyard of the house we as soon as shared.

Each neighborhood has its arbiter of style and tradition, its grande dame who's resented but copied via all her unsuccessful competitors. At Port Goddard it used to be Christine Swanson; her husband was once Commodore of the gap provider, and she or he by no means allow us to put out of your mind it. every time a liner touched down, she could invite the entire officials on Base to a reception at her stylishly old nineteenth-century mansion. It was once a good idea to move, until you had an exceptional excuse, even if that intended Christine’s work.

And it used to be tougher nonetheless to grasp that this fragile reflect may perhaps tow him freed from Earth only by means of the ability of the daylight it's going to seize. ‘…five, 4, 3, , one, minimize! ’ Seven knife blades sliced via seven skinny strains tethering the yachts to the mum ships that had assembled and serviced them. till this second, all have been circling Earth jointly in a rigidly held formation, yet now the yachts may start to disperse, like dandelion seeds drifting earlier than the breeze. And the winner often is the person who first drifted earlier the Moon.

Then the pill was once away from the ocean mattress, and the Arafura used to be directory a little bit to port. ‘Let’s go,’ stated Nick, taking the wheel. ‘Should be ready to get her half of 1 mile earlier than she bumps back. ’ The lugger started to crawl towards the island, sporting its hidden burden underneath it. As he leaned at the rails, letting the solar steam the moisture from his sodden garments, Tibor felt at peace for the 1st time in—how many months? Even his hate had ceased to burn like hearth in his mind. maybe, like love, it used to be a fondness that may by no means be chuffed; yet for the instant, no less than, it was once satiated.

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