By Arthur C. Clarke
One of many 35 publication (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the total Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In the identify tale of this striking assortment, a gaggle of cosmonauts discovers the continues to be of a sophisticated civilization in a distant superstar system—destroyed whilst their solar went supernova. They locate that the civilization was once 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 difficulty of religion, sparked by means of 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 show the variety of his imaginative and prescient as an author—based on either our medical power and the deeper facets of the human situation.
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One of many 35 book (digital-only) 2012 RosettaBooks releases comprising the entire Arthur C. Clarke Collection.
In the name tale of this striking assortment, a gaggle of cosmonauts discovers the is still of a complicated civilization in a distant big name system—destroyed while their sunlight went supernova. They locate that the civilization used to be similar to Earth's—and that its humans knew in their coming doom centuries sooner than it happened. What they locate leads their leader astrophysicist—also a Jesuit priest—into a deep problem of religion, sparked by means of a surprising revelation that has implications not only for history—but for religion.
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What does it mean? Josh’s boyfriend: It means you’re the ultimate twink. That’s why we all keep rimming you. You’re God. Enjoy. Mackerel: But you don’t ﬁstfuck God. Josh’s boyfriend: Says who? Mackerel: The Bible. Josh’s boyfriend: You don’t have a Bible yet. You have to die ﬁrst. I promise you it’ll be Proustian, whatever that means. I’ll buy a thesaurus, whatever that is. I’ll put in lots and lots of sex so gay guys will buy it. I’ll make you look like whomever you want. Name it. Mackerel: Okay, who’s the cutest boy in the world?
Because you exist in the rational 26 UGLY M A N world, you have to watch his perfect ass fade away into the background and form a disconsolate circle jerk. The sky over Arkansas picks up on your vibes and grows silvery dark like one-way glass. On the other side of it, God’s jerking off. The hicks think weather abnormalities are a sign that Armageddon has arrived and decide to rape their kids before they die. Mackerel rides his bike through streets ﬁlled with children’s lustful screams. He eventually stops at Josh’s boyfriend’s house and falls into your trap.
Right, babe? Josh’s boyfriend: Pretty much. Well, rape in the broadest sense. If it’s ever been called gay sex, it’s in your future. Mackerel (smugly): A hero’s still a hero. Arkansas boy’s dream to save the world from Bin Laden crushed by evil pedophile ring. Americans love that shit. Psychic (in a sixteen-year-old’s voice): Yeah, until they do the autopsy and ﬁnd enough sperm in your ass to start a small third world country. We’ll see how heroic you are after they drag your whorish, drugged-out lifestyle through the tabloids.