Arthur C. Clarke. 2001 with "The Sentinel." In this lot: Expedition to Earth. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1954. First British edition. Near fine in dust jacket. [and:] 2001 A Space Odyssey. New York: The New American Library, 1968. First edition. Dampstain to base of jacket's spine, extending approximately three-quarters of an inch onto bottom edge of front and back panels. Stain to fore-edge, approximately a quarter-inch in diameter. Overall, very good. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" - which appears in Expedition to Earth - was later expanded into the screenplay for 2001, which was followed the same year by Clarke's novelization of the film.

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    Expedition to Earth: the First Collection of Short Stories by Arthur C. Clarke. London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1954. First British edition of the collection. Octavo. 167 pages. Blue cloth over boards. Gilt lettering to spine. Tiny chip to base of dust jacket spine. Near fine in near fine dust jacket. [and:] Arthur C. Clarke. 2001 A Space Odyssey. New York: The New American Library, 1968. First edition. Octavo. 221 pages. Small stain to fore-edge. Narrow band of damp-staining to base of the spine of dust jacket. Overall, very good.


    Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," was originally submitted, in 1948, for a BBC competition. It was turned down. In 1951 it first appeared in print in the pulp magazine 10 Story Fantasy. It was later collected with 10 additional Clarke short stories in Expedition to Earth. When Stanly Kubrick decided to adapt the story into a feature film, he sought out Clarke to collaborate on the screenplay. In addition to working on the screenplay, Clarke also began work on a novelization of the screenplay. Both film and novel of 2001 were released in 1968.


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