this is the 229th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, written and edited by Arthur C. Clarke, Tor 2002 trade paper, science fiction short story collection
Certainly Clarke isn’t in the least a forgotten author, but he may be seldom read these days. It’s difficult for me to imagine anyone, however faintly familiar with science fiction, not knowing Clarke’s works, if nothing else from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Still, it’s possible this particular definitive collection may have slipped under the radar of many science fiction readers. The author cooperated in the preparation of this massive collection of his short works comprising 104 short pieces in 996 pages. He provides some brief comments on many of the stories.
Some of the stories in this collection were later turned into novels. The length of the works varies from 15-20 pages to as short as a single page. With this many stories there are sure to be a few that don’t tickle any particular reader’s fancy, but overall this is an excellent collection, and if you are going to own, or only read, just one collection of Clarke’s fine short science fiction this should be the one. Highly recommended