Reviews of Tales from Planet Earth (1989)
Review by johnafair (2005-12-19)
Out of the 16 stories presented here, most are either set on Earth or within the solar system. Most of them have a delicate touch of humour that isn't generally associated with AC Clarke - at least by me!
A couple of the stories, 'The Road to the Sea' and 'The Deep Range' foreshadow future novel length stories.
The story 'The Next Tenants' in telling the tale of a scientist trying to force the 'culture' of a group of termites is quite thougt provoking.
'Second Dawn' shows that second chances may not always be a good thing.
Overall, this anthology shows the breadth of ACC's work from the odd things that happen in day-to-day life to far distant societies.