This is the very first short story written by one of the world's most prominent science-fiction authors.
Hi-fi sci-fi: don't miss The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections).
©2004 Bob E. Flick; (P)2004 Ziggurat Productions
The story itself is fine, it is one of Arthur C Clarke's early short stories, but the production is dreadful. I had to check my player at the beginning to see if I hadn't accidentally downloaded a music track as there were no spoken words after the introduction for far too long. The story is then sporadically punctuated with long bouts incidental music that made my ears sick. The "music" added nothing to the storyline and about 8 minutes to the length of the recording.
The overall effect was sadly disappointing.
This is a fascinating short story and well worth listening to if you're a sci-fi fan. It only loses a star because of the interspersed cheesy sci-fi music, especially towards the end where you're eager to hear of mankind's fate and have to listen to 3 or 4 minutes of music before the conclusion.
"Leaves one wanting more, in a good way!"
Don't know, only had the audio version and I enjoyed it.
When the aliens finally find that the earths population saved itself!
He was very good in his interpretations of the written material.
Again the realization that the earths population saved itself.
I enjoyed it a lot!
"Bad audio engineering"
Very short story that could have been an excellent novel. Unfortunately the audio engineers have added several very long tracks of foreboding music to lengthen the title unnecessarily.
"a great Clarke classic."
Loved it. A great Clarke classic told by a fantastic narrator. The elder spacefaring races are horrified to find they have slipped in their galactic survey of the universe. They have discovered a primitive but Intelligent species who's sun is about to go supernova. The journey begins to save this doomed race.
"An old favorite"
This short story, while a little dated in some aspects (Bradbury wistfully predicted humans will soon abandon cities because we will all learn to fly helicopters) is still one of my all time favorite sf short stories, mostly because Bradbury manages to brag about humans without having a single one in the cast. I knocked it down one star because of the datedness.
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