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The Sentinel Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group; Reprint edition (Dec 1 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425093891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425093894
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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This version of The Sentinel is subtitled the 2001 Anniversary Edition, and to be pedantic one might ask, what anniversary? Rather more accurately, this is an edition for the intersection of the calendar with SF history, the most memorable date in fiction since 1984. "The Sentinel" is a short story, written in 1948 and only 11 pages long, renowned for providing a starting point for the greatest science fiction film ever made, Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey:

So they left a sentinel, one of millions they have scattered throughout the Universe, watching over all the worlds with a promise of life.
There are eight other stories, each introduced by the author, who also contributes a substantial forward. The tales, illustrated with 11 excellent full-page black and white drawings by Lebbus Woods, span the length of Clarke's career as a professional short story writer, from 1945's "Rescue Party" to 1971's Nebula Award-winning "A Meeting With Medusa". This story forms a bridge of sorts between 2001 and 2010: Odyssey Two, which was as Clarke writes, "in some ways ... also a sequel to this story". As a wonder-filled tale of a meeting with the truly alien in the clouds of Jupiter it is unsurpassed. The book concludes with the original outline for a possible second SF film with Stanley Kubrick. The film wasn't made, but the outline became one of Clarke's most beautiful novels, The Songs of Distant Earth. This is essential reading, though dedicated fans will probably opt for the complete Collected Stories. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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". . . this collection amply demonstrates Clarke's strengths -- expert storytelling, exciting science, rich characterizations . . . Clarke's humanism and sympathy for mystical concepts are apparent".

-- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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