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Expedition to Earth

by Arthur C. Clarke

Cover artist: Richard Powers

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1953

Cover price: 35¢


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Cover tagline

Eleven fine science-fiction stories by the author of Childhood's End

Back cover text

Arthur C. Clarke is, according to the New York Herald Tribune and The New York Times, one of the few science-fiction writers who may be classed with Olaf Stapledon and H.G. Wells. His novel Childhood's End was a sensational critical and general success.

Here is a collection of his best short stories that will go far to increase his stature and popularity — stories that will grip you and will haunt you for a long time to come.

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Interior text

For the hundreds of thousands of readers who loved Childhood's End we present a prime collection of Arthur C. Clarke's science-fiction short stories.

If you read Childhood's End, which the Hartford Times called "a far more mature piece of writing than most science fiction," you know that Mr. Clarke is a writer of superb talent and genuine intellect. His work is exciting as story and thoroughly stimulating as idea. If you are already a Clarke fan, you will not want to miss this collection. If you have not yet read Clarke, then you have a highly pleasurable discovery awaiting you.

This collection starts with a thrilling short novel about a race of creatures whose minds have far outstripped their bodies' capabilities. And it ends with a beautiful short story that hints at a far universe which has been watching us grow, waiting to contact us as soon as we reach the moon. Between these two stories you will find other sterling examples of the ingenuity of plot, height of imagination, the humor and thoughtfulness that are making Arthur C. Clarke a favorite with a large and rapidly growing audience.