Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sentinel of Eternity

Since it is the basis for Stanley Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel," is probably one of the top science fiction stories of all time. I believe this is its first appearance, published in 1951 in Avon's 10 Story Fantasy, #1 (and only) under the title, "Sentinel of Eternity". The magazine was edited by Don Wollheim, who went on to Ace Books and then created DAW Books.


Mark said...

Great story... interesting to read 50 yr old SF... the wonder and Innocence we've lost

Alexander said...

I am still a little surprised that "The Sentinel" is often so strongly associated with "2001" (I don't care about Kubrick's, but I love Clarke's). Of course Clarke himself admitted the inspiration but it was just that: a starting point. Then the novel progressed way beyond anything in short story, beyond anything that Clarke himself could imagine in the early 1950s. Nevertheless, the short story is a fine one and it is great to see it in a magazine.