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Second Dawn (1951) [Short Story]
by Arthur C. Clarke Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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A race of sentient horselike creatures -- the Atheleni -- inhabits a distant planet. Separated into two different races, each fights the other in a constant battle for food. For though their mental capacity is developed to a staggering degree, these telepathic creatures have no concept of artificial devices. They have no appendages with which to manipulate their surroundings, having two hooves in front and a single hoof in the rear. But a member of their race has discovered something astounding. A different race on a distant island across a nearly impassable river has evolved appendages and has even managed to build crude tools. These Stone Age creatures, combining their manipulative skills with the awesome mental powers of the Atheleni, are beginning to make discoveries at an accelerated rate, each freeing the other from their respective natural prisons -- one mental, one physical.

Published in Science Fiction Quarterly (August 1951). Reprinted in:

  • Expedition to Earth
  • The Best of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1971
  • Tales from Planet Earth
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories
  • The Collected Works

Original title: Second Dawn
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien Beings

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Expedition to Earth (1954) [Collection]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Best of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1971, the (1973) [Collection]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Tales from Planet Earth (1989) [Collection]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz
     Collected Stories, the (2000) [Collection]
      Author: Arthur C. Clarke

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