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"The Sentinel," by Arthur C. Clarke

Hi all!

I'm going to try to read one short story a week -- after talekyn started this community, I checked out my bookshelves and found quite a few anthologies that really deserve better than the thin layer of dust they're currently wearing. My first story is Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sentinel," from a collection of the same name.

"The Sentinel" originally appeared in The Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1951. It is a story about an alien artifact uncovered on the Moon, and the premise of the story eventually became the Stanley Kubrick/Arthur C. Clarke collaboration "2001: A Space Odyssey." The "Odyssey" books were one of the first things I became obsessed with -- other than the original one (I wasn't born yet) I more or less read them as they were released. I remember sitting in grade school reading 2010, sitting in junior high reading 2069, etc...

I've read "The Sentinel" a few times, but thought it'd be a good place to start. Also, if anyone's interested, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter have a new series of books that continue to explore the ideas in the original "Space Odyssey."



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Jan. 8th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh! Oh! That was one of the first SF short stories I ever read! How cool.

I still have yet to read any of the novels, though. I own the first three, but havne't read them.

Welcome aboard!
Jan. 8th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
If memory serves, I saw the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" when I was pretty young -- around third grade maybe -- and was both enthralled and perplexed by it. Then I discovered there was also a book, which goes into much greater detail than the movie. Actually, people have criticized the book because it "explains away the mystery" of the film. I think Clarke's response is something along the lines of "The film is designed to stand alone and be open to interpretation and the series of books is just another take on the story."

The first two "Odyssey" books are both really good, but I thought the third and fourth ones were a little hit-and-miss. I've read them all a few times -- overall I'd say it's a good series. And I'll always have a fondness for it because I kind of grew up with it, you know?
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
Kind of how I feel about the Wrinkle In Time books. I love all of them, but part of it is really that nostalgia of having grown up with those characters.
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
I love "A Wrinkle in Time!" I remember reading that book all the time when I was a kid. Also, I didn't realize there were sequels 'till fairly recently, and I've since collected them all. I haven't read them yet, though.
Jan. 8th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
I also loved her Austin family books.
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