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2001: An Odyssey in Words: Celebrating the Centenary of Arthur C. Clarke's Birth (2018)

by Ian Whates (Editor), Tom Hunter (Editor)

Other authors: Matthew de Abaitua (Contributor), Chris Beckett (Contributor), Andrew M. Butler (Contributor), Becky Chambers (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor)25 more, Colin Greenland (Contributor), Stephanie Holman (Contributor), Tom Hunter (Contributor), Dave Hutchinson (Contributor), Emmi Itäranta (Contributor), Gwyneth Jones (Contributor), Yoon Ha Lee (Contributor), Ian R. MacLeod (Contributor), Phillip Mann (Contributor), Paul McAuley (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), China Mieville (Contributor), Emma Newman (Contributor), Jeff Noon (Contributor), Claire North (Contributor), Rachel Pollack (Contributor), Alastair Reynolds (Contributor), Adam Roberts (Contributor), Jane Rogers (Contributor), Bruce Sterling (Contributor), Allen Stroud (Contributor), Adrian Tchaikovsky (Contributor), Ian Watson (Contributor), Ian Whates (Contributor), Liz Williams (Contributor)

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Twenty-seven stories of exactly 2001 words to honour one of science fiction's literary greats, written by some of the finest SF authors of today, including ten winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and thirteen who have been shortlisted.
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This is a decent collection of short stories, written to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Arthur C. Clarke. I thought that the idea that each of the stories had to be 2001 words in length was a great idea, which meant that no words could be wasted. This also meant that there was no rambling and each story moved along well. There was only one story that I really didn't like, but I'll keep its identity to myself. My favourite was probably 'Providence' and I also really enjoyed 'Golgotha.' ( )
  wcs53 | May 19, 2019 |
An anthology commissioned to commemorate the centenary of [[Arthur C. Clarke]]'s birthday with the quirk that each story should be exactly 2001 words long. This was commissioned by the Arthur C. Clarke award and NewCon press (independent SF publisher in the UK) and authors who had previously been shortlisted for or won the Arthur C Clarke award were asked to contribute new fiction.

I initially wondered whether the strict word requirement would mean the quality of the stories would suffer but on reading I really couldn't see that this was the case and this was a very strong anthology.

Of particular note were:

Golgotha by Dave Hutchinson where a priest gets involved with first contact.
Murmuration by Jane Rogers - another first contact story but this time with a tragic end.
Dancers by Allen Stroud where an AI called HAL seems to be going wrong.
The Ontologist by Liz Williams - would struggle to explain what this one was about but it was beautiful.
The Collectors by Adrian Tchaikovsky where the remains of an ancient alien civilisation are discovered.
Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold by Emmi Itaranta - where ancient myth and aliens meet.
Last Contact by Becky Chambers (I think the title is explanation enough)
Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae by Ian McDonald - art on Mars
Providence by Alastair Reynolds - a final sacrifice made to save the human race.

Some great stories by authors I knew I already liked and some new authors to look out for too (Jane Rogers, Allen Stroud and Liz Williams were new to me). ( )
  souloftherose | Feb 19, 2019 |
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I was sorely disappointed by this collection. Being a big fan of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, I really looked forward to a collection of mystery science fiction in that vein, but found these stories to be more of the weird LSD kind of scifi with little to no bearing on the book that inspired it. ( )
  Gkarlives | Jan 25, 2019 |
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This is an excellent collection of science fiction short stories in honor of Arthur C. Clarke. I really enjoyed the range and variety of the visions in this collection. Each story is 2001 words long, which makes the stories wind up in interesting ways. Thank you to the Early Reviewer Program. ( )
  3wheeledlibrarian | Oct 27, 2018 |
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Whates, IanEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, TomEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abaitua, Matthew deContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beckett, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Butler, Andrew M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chambers, BeckyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Greenland, ColinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holman, StephanieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hutchinson, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Itäranta, EmmiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, GwynethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, Yoon HaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacLeod, Ian R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mann, PhillipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAuley, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mieville, ChinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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North, ClaireContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Roberts, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rogers, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Stroud, AllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tchaikovsky, AdrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Watson, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whates, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, LizContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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