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'Arthur C. Clarke is awesomely informed about physics and astronomy, and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print'

New York Times

'Science-fiction of the fines quality: original, imaginative, disturbing'

Kingsley Amis

'Mr. Clarke skilfully fits his heady fantasies into a human context. First class'

Evening Standard

'His enthusiasm is combined with considerable literary and myth-making skills … the result is something special'

Sunday Telegraph

Also by Arthur C. Clarke

FICTION

Against the Fall of Night
Childhood Ends
Childhood's End
The City and The Stars
The Deep Range
Dolphin Island
Earthlight
A Fall of Moondust
The Fountains of Paradise
The Ghost from the Grand Banks
Glide Path
The Hammer of God
Imperial Earth
Islands in the Sky
The Lion of Comarre
The Lost Worlds of 2001
A Meeting with Medusa
Prelude to Space
Reach for Tomorrow
Rendezvous with Rama
The Sands of Mars
The Songs of Distant Earth
2001: A Space Odyssey
2010: Odyssey Two
2061: Odyssey Three
3001: The Final Odyssey

With Gentry Lee

Cradle
Rama
The Garden of Rama
Rama Revealed

With Mike McQuay

Richter 10

With Mike Kube-McDowell

The Trigger

With Stephen Baxter

The Light of Other Days

SHORT FICTION

Across the Sea of Stars
An Arthur C. Clarke Omnibus
An Arthur C. Clarke 2
nd
Omnibus
The Best of Arthur C. Clarke
The Collected Stories
Expedition to Earth
From the Oceans, From the Stars
More Than One Universe
The Nine Billion Names of God
The Other Side of the Sky
Prelude to Mars
The Sentinel
Tales from Planet Earth
Tales from the White Hart
Tales of Ten Worlds
The Wind from the Sun

NON-FICTION

Ascent to Orbit
Astounding Days
By Space Possessed
The Challenge of the Sea
The Challenge of the Spaceship
The Coast of Coral
The Exploration of the Moon
The Exploration of Space
Going into Space
Greetings, Carbon Based Bipeds!
How the World was One
Interplanetary Flight
The Making of a Moon
Profiles of the Future
The Promise of Space
The Reefs of Taprobane
Report on Planet Three
The Snows of Olympus
The View from Serendip
Voice Across the Sea
Voices from the Sky
The Young Traveller in Space
1984: Spring

With the Astronauts:

First on the Moon

With Mike Wilson:

Boy Beneath the Sea
The First Five Fathoms
Indian Ocean Adventure
Indian Ocean Treasure
The Treasure of the Great Reef

With Peter Hyams:

The Odyssey File

With the Editors of Life:

Man and Space

With Robert Silverberg:

Into Space

With Chesley Bonestell:

Beyond Jupiter

With Simon Welfare and John Fairley:

Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World
Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers
Arthur C. Clarke's Chronicles of the Strange & Mysterious
Arthur C. Clarke's A-Z

AS EDITOR

(Fiction)

Science Fiction Hall of Fame III
Three for Tomorrow
Time Probe
Arthur C. Clarke's Venus Prime I-VI

(Non-Fiction)

The Coming of the Space Age
Arthur C. Clarke's July 20, 2019
Project Solar Sail

Edited by Keith Daniels:

Arthur C. Clarke & Lord Dunsany - A Correspondence
Arthur C. Clarke & C. S. Lewis - A Correspondence

Islands in the Sky
Copyright © Arthur C. Clarke 1954
The Sands of Mars
Copyright © Arthur C. Clarke 1951
Earthlight
Copyright © Arthur C. Clarke 1955, 1973

Foreword to
The Space Trilogy
Copyright © Arthur C. Clarke 2001
Introduction to
The Sands of Mars
Copyright © Arthur C. Clarke 2001
Foreword to
The Sands of Mars
Copyright © Donna Shirley 2001

All rights reserved

The right of Arthur C. Clarke to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988.

This edition published in Great Britain in 2001 by

Gollancz
An imprint of the Orion Publishing Group
Orion House, 5 Upper St Martin's Lane, London WC2H 9EA

A CIP catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

ISBN 1 85798 780 2

Printed in Great Britain
Clays Ltd, St Ives plc

Contents

Foreword

ISLANDS IN THE SKY

Jackpot to Space
Goodbye to Gravity
The Morning Star
A Plague of Pirates
Star Turn
Hospital in Space
World of Monsters
Into the Abyss
The Shot from the Moon
Radio Satellite
Starlight Hotel
The Long Fall Home

THE SANDS OF MARS

Introduction
Foreword
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
Fourteen
Fifteen
Sixteen
Seventeen

EARTHLIGHT

One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine
Ten
Eleven
Twelve
Thirteen
Fourteen
Fifteen
Sixteen
Seventeen
Eighteen
Nineteen
Twenty
Twenty-one

Foreword

It is now hard to realise that, as late as the 1950s, to most people the concept of travel beyond the Earth seemed total fantasy. The attitude in those days was well summed up by a statement which Britain's Astronomer Royal was never able to live down: 'Space travel is utter bilge!' The very next year—1957—the Space Age opened with the launch of Sputnik I.

The three novels in this volume were all written well before that event, when I was an active member of the tiny British Interplanetary Society—now, I am happy to say, a large and respected organisation. So these early works were, it must be confessed, partly propaganda, aimed to convince the sceptical public that we premature Space Cadets really knew what we were talking about.

They were preceded by an earlier novel,
Prelude to Space
(1951)—long out of print, and now of no more than historic interest (if that!).
Prelude
was written soon after World War II, when the advent of atomic energy made space travel seem both imminent and practical. Fired by enthusiasm which turned out to be misplaced, I was optimistic enough to imagine that Britain could go it alone, using the newly established Australian launch-site at Woomera. Yet the date I suggested—1978!—was pessimistic; who would have dreamed that men would fly round the Moon exactly a decade earlier?

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