Saturday, April 28, 2007

"Tales from the White Hart" (collection): Annotated table of contents

This appears to be far better story collection by Arthur Clarke than his "Reach for Tomorrow", though I haven't read more than half the stories yet.

Tone, ambiance, & presentation style is very similar to Issac Asimov's Black Widowers series of stories.

Here is the complete list of all the 15 stories in the collection:

  1. "Silence Please": Humor. A man invents the ultimate silencer.
  2. "Big Game Hunt": A man discovers a way to make arbitrary animals dance to his tune.
  3. "Patent Pending" (Probably also called “The Invention”): A man invents the ultimate porn distribution machine.
  4. "Armaments Race": A harmless toy that wasn't so harmless!
  5. "Critical Mass": A stampede is averted, in the aftermath of nuclear disaster that wasn't.
  6. "The Ultimate Melody": Why do you like some music but not other? Are these but crude approximations to an ultimate melody that everyone will like?
  7. "The Pacifist": Humor. Tale of a naughty computer.
  8. "The Next Tenants": In the general gloom following World War II, a man places hope in species other than humans. And decides to play god.
  9. "Moving Spirit": Humor. A man's ingenuity against governmental sin taxes.
  10. "The Man Who Ploughed the Sea": A device to mine metals from the oceanic waters.
  11. "The Reluctant Orchid": A murder gone wrong, because the novel weapon used was untested.
  12. "Cold War": Humor. Californian businessmen want some of the tourist traffic from Florida. So they contrive a plan to dilute the brand image of the Sunshine State.
  13. "What Goes Up": An industrial accident creates an anti-gravity force field.
  14. "Sleeping Beauty": Humor. A man invents a cure for your snoring disorders.
  15. "The Defenestration of Ermintrude Inch": Humor. If your spouse speaks too much, help is on the way!

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