Arthur C. Clarke | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas M. Disch

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Arthur C. Clarke.
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Critical Essay by Thomas M. Disch

There are no criteria by which [the eighteen stories in The Best of Arthur Clarke] can be considered their author's best work. The first four are the rawest juvenilia…. No stories have been included from Tales from the White Hart and only a single vignette from Reach for Tomorrow, collections that represent Clarke's maturity. Further, too many of the stories chosen have not worn well and can only be read as period pieces.

On the whole, however, Clarke suffers less than most equally prolific writers would by having such a random sample served up as his best. Aside from the few undeniable classics, such as "The Star" and "A Meeting with Medusa" (both included), his work is more notable for its reliable evenness than for peaks of excellence and troughs...

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