The Other Side of the Sky

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For the Memoir by Farah Ahmedi, See The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir

The Other Side of the Sky
The Other Side of the Sky.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorArthur C. Clarke
Cover artistEdward Sorel[1]
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherHarcourt Brace
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

The Other Side of the Sky is a collection of science fiction short stories by English writer Arthur C. Clarke, originally published in 1958. The stories all originally appeared in a number of different publications.


  • Bibliographical Note
  • "The Nine Billion Names of God"
  • "Refugee"
  • The Other Side of the Sky (vignettes):
    • "Special Delivery"
    • "Feathered Friends"
    • "Take a Deep Breath"
    • "Freedom of Space"
    • "Passer-by"
    • "The Call of the Stars"
  • "The Wall of Darkness"
  • "Security Check"
  • "No Morning After"
  • Venture to the Moon (vignettes):
    • "The Starting Line"
    • "Robin Hood, F.R.S."
    • "Green Fingers"
    • "All That Glitters"
    • "Watch This Space"
    • "A Question of Residence"
  • "Publicity Campaign"
  • "All the Time in the World"
  • "Cosmic Casanova"
  • "The Star"
  • "Out of the Sun"
  • "Transience"
  • "The Songs of Distant Earth"


Floyd C. Gale wrote that "too many [trick endings] are more than enough", but that there were "several superlative items", citing the "Venture to the Moon" and "The Other Side of the Sky" story headings.[2] He described the paperback edition as "A double dozen of Clarke's best short-shorts, all tricky".[3] Damon Knight, although dismissing the vignettes as "without exception remarkably trivial," reported that the other stories "include some of Clarke's best work."[4]


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  2. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (October 1958). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy. pp. 130–133. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (August 1960). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. pp. 117–121.
  4. ^ "In the Balance". If. December 1958, pp.111


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