By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 e-book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the total Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In the identify tale of this notable assortment, a bunch of cosmonauts discovers the continues to be of a complicated civilization in a distant big name system—destroyed while their sunlight went supernova. They locate that the civilization used to be similar to Earth's—and that its humans knew in their coming doom centuries earlier than it happened. What they locate leads their leader astrophysicist—also a Jesuit priest—into a deep situation of religion, sparked by way of a surprising revelation that has implications not only for history—but for religion.
This number of brief tales demonstrates not just Clarke's technological imagination—but additionally a deep poetic sensibility that led him to think about the philosophical and ethical implications of technological advances. those tales show the diversity of his imaginative and prescient as an author—based on either our clinical strength and the deeper facets of the human .
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