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The Star Summary
Arthur C. Clarke

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The Star Summary


Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Star" appeared in the science fiction magazine Infinity Science Fiction in 1955. It was reprinted in a collection of Clarke's short stories called The Other Side of the Sky in 1958. In his introduction to this collection, Clarke noted that he wrote the story for a contest in the London Observer on the subject "2500 AD." "I realized that I had a theme already to hand. The story was written in a state of unusually intense emotion; needless to say, it wasn't even placed among the 'also rans."' The story deals with themes treated in a work by H. G. Wells also titled "The Star" (1897). In Wells's story, a planetoid's collision with Jupiter and the destruction of that planet chillingly reminds the human race that it could just as easily have been destroyed. Clarke's story similarly places the human race in an intergalactic context that...

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