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The Wind from the Sun - Stories of the Space Age
The Wind from the Sun - Stories of the Space Age Author:Arthur C. Clarke Thousands of years in the future, so long after man has stopped eating meat or any sort of organic substance that "carnivore" must be defined for a Congressional committee, a crisis arises over a new product with a delicious, haunting flavor...Who has been sabotaging the Russian-built hydrothermal unit in the coastal waters off Ceylon?...Seven s... more »pace sailing vessels powered only by radiation from the sun compete in an international race from the earth to the moon....Is there a way to thwart the megalomaniacal designs of Chaka the Great Chief, the Omnipotent, the All-Seeing ruler of a future Africa?...In a world that has never known a sun, caught between two glaxies, covered with shallow oceans of helium, an advanced computerized intelligence develops - and then discovers what forms of life exist elsewhere...
Brief samplings, these, to suggest the variety to be encountered in Arthur C. Clarke's book, which brings together all the shorter ficition he has written in the last decade. The range is from light humor and humor of a more sinister cast, through high adventure and sober extrapolation that provides glimpses of what the future almost surely holds in store, to the visionary products of an imagination grown incandescent. Every facet, indeed, of Arthur C. Clarke's remarkable talent is on display in "The Wind from the Sun", whose crowning achievement is " A Meeting with Medusa," in which Commander Howard Falcon takes off, riding a space Kon-Tiki, from a spaceship anchored on one of Jupiter's moons, and, floating down into the vast planet's atmosphere, makes an extraordinary discovery. This novella, an altogether dazzling work, brings to a close a fascinating volume which demonstrates that Arthur C. Clarke remains "the colossus of science fiction."« less