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Publication Order of Space Odyssey Books

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
2010: Odyssey Two (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
2061: Odyssey Three (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Rama Books

with Gentry Lee
Rendezvous with Rama (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rama II (With: Gentry Lee) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Garden of Rama (With: Gentry Lee) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rama Revealed (With: Gentry Lee) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bright Messengers (By: Gentry Lee) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Full Moon Night (By: Gentry Lee) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tranquility Wars (By: Gentry Lee) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of A Time Odyssey Books

with Stephen Baxter
Time's Eye (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sunstorm (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Firstborn (By: Stephen Baxter) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Life Science Library Books

by Alan E. Nourse, Robert O'Brien
The Body (By: Alan E. Nourse) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
Man And Space (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Blue Planet Books

The Coast of the Coral (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Reefs of Taprobane (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Treasure of the Great Reef (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Against the Fall of Night (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prelude to Space (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sands of Mars (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Islands in the Sky (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childhood's End (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earthlight (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
City and the Stars (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Deep Range (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fall of Moondust (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dolphin Island (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Glide Path (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Worlds Of 2001 (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Imperial Earth (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fountains of Paradise (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Songs of Distant Earth (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
July 20, 2019 (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cradle (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Fall of Night (With: Gregory Benford) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost from the Grand Banks (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hammer of God (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Richter 10 (With: Mike McQuay) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trigger (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Light of Other Days (With: Stephen Baxter) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Theorem (With: Frederik Pohl) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Interplanetary Flight (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exploration of Space (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boy Beneath the Sea (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voice Across The Sea (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Profiles of the Future (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices from the Sky (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Promise of Space (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into Space (With: Robert Silverberg) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The View from Serendip (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
1984: Spring - A Choice of Futures (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Astounding Days (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
How the World Was One (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
From Narnia To Space Odyssey (With: C.S. Lewis) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Exploration of the Moon (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Sentinel (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reach for Tomorrow (1956)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales From The White Hart (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Ten Worlds (1962)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nine Billion Names of God (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lion Of Comarre (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Expedition to Earth (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Of Time and Stars (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wind From The Sun (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Meeting With Medusa (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Star Science Fiction Books

with Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, Jack Vance, Chad Oliver, Richard Matheson, Philip K. Dick, Lester del Rey, Jack Williamson
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (By: Frederik Pohl) (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Isaac Asimov's Anthology Books

Isaac Asimov's Worlds of Science Fiction (By: Isaac Asimov,Tanith Lee,Phyllis Eisenstein,Gene Wolfe,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Arnie Bateman,Alan Dean Foster,Martin Gardner,Randall Garrett,Rob Chilson,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,Richard S. McEnroe,Jeff Duntemann,R.N. Bracewell,K.W. MacAnn,G. Richard Bozarth) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Near Futures and Far (By: Isaac Asimov,Frederik Pohl,Carter Scholz,Barry B. Longyear,John M. Ford,Jack Williamson,Darrell Schweitzer,John Brunner,Juleen Brantingham,Martin Gardner,Richard Wilson,Milton A. Rothman,Elizabeth Anne Hull,Sharon Webb,Somtow Sucharitkul,Lee Weinstein,Ted Reynolds,George Scithers,F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,William Tuning,Francis E. Izzo,Paul David Novitski,Lee Russell,Seth S. Horowitz,Tol E. Rant,S. Dale,Julie Flores,Tony Sarowitz) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Space of Her Own (By: Connie Willis,Ursula K. Le Guin,Pat Cadigan,Joan D. Vinge,Tanith Lee,Pamela Sargent,Lee Killough,Mary Gentle,Mildred Downey Broxon,Shawna McCarthy,Sharon Webb,Leigh Kennedy,Stephanie A. Smith,Cherie Wilkerson,Julie Stevens,Sydney J. Van Scyoc,Cyn Mason,P.A. Kagan,P.J. MacQuarrie,Janet O. Jeppson,Beverly Grant,Hope Athearn) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Shawna McCarthy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (By: Connie Willis,George R.R. Martin,Ron Goulart,John Kessel,George Alec Effinger,Robert Thurston,Tanith Lee,Lucius Shepard,Scott Baker,Lillian Carl,Juleen Brantingham,Lee Killough,Ian McDowell,Daphne Castell,Sharon N. Farber,Richard Kearns,Shawna McCarthy,Leigh Kennedy,Gregg Keizer,Kristi Olesen) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Aliens (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Robots (By: Isaac Asimov,Rob Chilson) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's SF-Lite (By: Isaac Asimov,John M. Ford) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's War (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Cyberdreams (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Skin Deep (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Ghosts (By: Isaac Asimov,Terry Bisson) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Christmas (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Camelot (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois,Eleanor Arnason) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Detectives (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Werewolves (By: Isaac Asimov,Suzy McKee Charnas,Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Solar System (By: Gardner Dozois) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Utopias (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Father Day (By: Isaac Asimov,Gardner Dozois) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Isaac Asimov's Halloween (By: Isaac Asimov) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Star Science Fiction Stories 3(1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Tales of Action and Adventure(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy Science Fiction, September 1958(1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
50 Short Science Fiction Tales(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Novelets of Science Fiction(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bedside Playboy(1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Worlds to Come: New Science Fiction Adventures(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tales of Time and Space(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Futures Unlimited(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Futurists(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alpha 3(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galaxy Science Fiction - October 1973(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow...(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Other Dimensions(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aliens: 3 Novellas(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of British SF 2(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Best of British SF 1(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
They Came from Outer Space: 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales That Became Major Motion Pictures(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction A to Z(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Space Odyssey(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fourth Planet from the Sun(1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Great Science Fiction Stories by the World's Greatest Scientists(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Battlefields Beyond Tomorrow(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Science Fiction Stories(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drabble II: Double Century(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ultimate Alien(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Young Oxford Book of Aliens(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bangs & Whimpers: Stories about The End of The World(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hard SF Renaissance(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colours of Infinity: The Beauty, The Power and the Sense of Fractals(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Turned Upside Down(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Galileo's Children(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Elemental: The Tsunami Relief Anthology(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
From the Pen of Paul: The Fantastic Images of Frank R. Paul(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bug-Eyed Monsters & Bimbos(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sixth Science Fiction Megapack(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ninth Science Fiction Megapack(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Baen Big Book of Monsters(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Grave Predictions(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Infinite Stars(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Few names are as prominent within the science fiction genre as Arthur C. Clarke, an English author born on December 1917 in Minehead, England and who has produced works such as Childnhood’s End’ and the highly popular 2001: A Space Odyssey’ which Stanley Kubrik adapted into a movie.

With over one hundred books to his name, many of Arthur C. Clarke’s ideas have had a profound impact upon technological advancements and science fiction as a whole. The writer died in 2008.

+Biography

Arthur Charles Clarke was the son of a farmer. He finished his studies at King’s College in London. Before trying his hand at writing fiction, Arthur dabbled in scientific research; it was during his work as a radar instructor in WWII that he posited the idea of satellite communications. This was in a scientific article he wrote in 1945 some decades before the idea ever manifested practically.

Along with predictions of uniquely powerful inventions such as advanced computers, super fast communications and space shuttles, Arthur C. Clarke’s impressive collection of written works was always exploratory, attempting to define the role mankind would play not only in the future but the universe.

With popular books such as The Fountain of paradise’ and 2001: A Space Odyssey’ to his name, Arthur’s works have enjoyed as much popularity in their adapted film formats as they did when first published as written content.

-Personal Life

Arthur C. Clarke was married in 1953 and divorced nine years later; the marriage never produced any children. The author was granted knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in 2000; however his ill health inhibited his ability to receive the honor personally.

While born in England, Arthur found a permanent home in Sri Lanka in 1956; he was particularly attracted by the prospect of Marine Diving that the nation provided.

-Death

Arthur C. Clarke died in March 2008; along with post polio syndrome (which had plagued him for many a year and stranded his body in a wheelchair), the author had been suffering with breathing problems. He passed away in Sri Lanka at the age of 90 years. He was honored by Mahinda Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan President, who called him a great visionary.

-Themes

Arthur C. Clarke’s works have always presented a very optimistic view of the role of mankind in the universe, specifically regarding their portended ability to explore the galaxy and the empowering effect science could have on their growth.

Arthur’s vision of the future often took the shape of utopian cultures home to highly advanced technologies and societies. He showed a keen interest in extrapolating scientific breakthroughs and unique technologies into the decadent facets of today’s society.

Often present in Clarke’s stories was the eventual destiny of sentient species, whose continued evolution would result in beings akin to gods; the author was said to speak rather highly of Olaf Stapledon and his book Last and First Men’, whose impact on his life was nothing short of profound (Olaf’s works regularly tackled the issue of transcendence through evolution).

+Against the Fall of Night

At the age of ten billion years, Diaspar is the last of humanity’s habitats. Among the immortals, a man, the only man to be born for ten million years, seeks to explore what lies beyond the boundaries of the city. In undertaking his journey, this man will discover the destiny of his people and the galaxy as a whole.

The story of Against the fall of Night’ takes place against the backdrop of a tragedy; several million years ago, earth was assaulted by beings only known as the invaders; the result was a battle that laid to waste civilized society as it was known, with the remnants of man finding refuge behind the walls of Diaspar, the last of the human cities.

Within Diaspar, they pass their immortal lives in peace, their every need and pleasure met by the greatest machines ever invented; yet they also live in fear, plagued by notions of the unknown, the future and the wastelands beyond.

However when Alvin of Lorenei (the last child born in Diaspar) comes into being, his curiosity and courage threatens to change things as they have been known for millions of years.

This story from Arthur C. Clarke is surprisingly exciting, bringing to life the tale of Alvin in his attempts to circumvent the obstacles of his own people as he seeks to explore the wider world. With the future of humankind ultimately coming to rest upon his shoulders, Arthur C. Clarke fuses elements of true science with fictional elements to create a perfect amalgam that will entice and entertain even hardcore science fiction fans.

+The Sands of Mars

Martin Gibson, celebrated science fiction writer, is availed the opportunity to journey to space; and upon embarking on his first trip to Mars, Martin causes one unexpected problem after another. And, it is as he stumbled across the red planet that he begins to unmask Mar’s most carefully kept secret.

Reading Arthur C. Clarke’s earlier works is an experience like few others, allowing one to compare how drastically the science fiction genre has changed. Indeed the presence of fax machines on a spaceship capable of interstellar travel is bound to attract a few chuckles.

The world building is rather impressive, with even those brief descriptions of Mars proving picturesque in presenting a truly breathtaking vision. Younger readers are bound to appreciate the novel for its simplistic approach to storytelling. Indeed The Sands of Mars’ is quite the easy read. And even with the predictable ending, there are quite a number of surprises along the way, many of them character driven.

Admittedly, for a novel written in the 1950s, some readers might fail to integrate into Arthur C. Clarke’s mindset. For an even smaller minority, Arthur C. Clarke’s tales, books like ‘The sands of Mars’ can only boast of pioneering unique ideas but ultimately fail to master these elements in delivering a truly noteworthy novel capable of transcending time. However, most readers tend to appreciate the tone of relatively ancient science fiction tales such as this.

Ultimately, even with recent advancements in the science fiction arena, even with all those giants of the genre, attracting global fame and essentially setting the literary world of fire, few authors could ever truly hope to contend with the name Arthur C. Clarke.

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