By Arthur C. Clarke
One of the 35 book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the whole Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In the name tale of this notable assortment, a bunch of cosmonauts discovers the is still of a sophisticated civilization in a distant big name system—destroyed while 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 earlier than it happened. What they locate leads their leader astrophysicist—also a Jesuit priest—into a deep main issue of religion, sparked through a stunning revelation that has implications not only for history—but for religion.
This choice of brief tales demonstrates not just Clarke's technological imagination—but additionally a deep poetic sensibility that led him to think of the philosophical and ethical implications of technological advances. those tales display the variety of his imaginative and prescient as an author—based on either our medical capability and the deeper features of the human .
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