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::: Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

The man is just freaking awesome. What else can you say? Every single tale, from the one with only 31 words to the one that has an infinite number. He's so obviously well-versed in radio, radar, sonar, physics, math, astrophysics, all the hard sciences, and it shows in every story. They're so tight, so logical, so damn scientifically accurate, and yet always the human element is powerfully present. Like Ted Chiang, come to think of it.

"The Nine Billion Names of God" is still my favorite. The last line gives me chills every time.

Doesn't seem to be much hard sci-fi of this quality around, at least in the US. I wonder if the decreasing number of mathematicians and scientists we're graduating is responsible for it?

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