By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 publication (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the full Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In the name tale of this extraordinary assortment, a gaggle of cosmonauts discovers the continues to be of a complicated civilization in a distant big name system—destroyed whilst their solar went supernova. They locate that the civilization used to be similar to Earth's—and that its humans knew in their coming doom centuries sooner than it happened. What they locate leads their leader astrophysicist—also a Jesuit priest—into a deep predicament 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 exhibit the variety of his imaginative and prescient as an author—based on either our clinical capability and the deeper features of the human situation.
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