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  The Sentinel (short story) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Sentinel" is a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, famous for being expanded (and extensively modified) into the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
It was written in 1948 for a BBC competition (in which it failed to place) and was first published in the magazine 10 Story Fantasy in 1951, under the title "Sentinel of Eternity." Despite this, it changed the course of Clarke's career.
The narrator hypothesises that this "sentinel" was left on the moon as a "warning beacon" for the possible intelligent and spacefaring life that might develop on Earth.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Sentinel_(short_story)   (417 words)

 The 2001 Internet Resource Archive:Other Resources
In this short story, superior aliens land on earth at the dawn of primate development and leave tools with the hope that this gift will induce the evolution of intelligence.
In the short story "The Sentinel" (1951), a lunar explorer discovers an obviously ancient and alien artificial crystalline pyramid on the moon.
The story gives evidence of other life in the universe, in the form of the crystalline pyramid, assuring man that he is not alone.
www.palantir.net /2001/other/amodei.html   (1912 words)

 Sentinel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A sentinel usually refers to a sentry or guard that guards a particular place, person or item.
In computing, a sentinel value is a special value that signifies the end of a sequence of data
Sentinel Islands, a pair of islands in the Andaman Islands
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Sentinel   (639 words)

 JS Online: In short, David Means is brilliant in new collection
The short story is often misunderstood and underrated because readers read it the same way they do sections of novels.
The first paragraph of the first story, "Lightning Man," makes clear that the realm of reality that matters for Means is sacramental, ritualistic, miraculous - a world in which the old reassurances, such as lightning never strikes twice in the same place, are shown to be nonsense.
Means' short stories are seldom satisfied with linearity of plot and thus often become lists of connected mysteries.
www.jsonline.com /enter/books/reviews/aug04/248948.asp   (575 words)

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At a short remove upon the same temporary platform was an officer in the uniform of his rank, armed.
A sentinel at each end of the bridge stood with his rifle in the position known as "support," that is to say, vertical in front of the left shoulder, the hammer resting on the forearm thrown straight across the chest--a formal and unnatural position, enforcing an erect carriage of the body.
Beyond one of the sentinels nobody was in sight; the railroad ran straight away into a forest for a hundred yards, then, curving, was lost to view.
www.gutenberg.org /dirs/etext95/owlcr11.txt   (4804 words)

 Sandcastle V.I. - Arthur C Clark & Isaac Asimov / Book Guide
Clarke continued to write, becoming a distinguished science fiction author with dozens of collections of short stories and novels that described in detail the possibilities of human exploration of space.
Asimov was a prolific writer and, at the time of his death on April 6, 1992, he had published more than 500 volumes, including science fiction and mystery short story collections and novels, science textbooks and collections of essays, collections of limericks, and even two volumes explaining the books of the Bible.
Although stories and novels in these three series were written at widely separated intervals, there is a more-or-less consistent chronology into which they can be arranged.
www.sandcastlevi.com /scifi/other/sf-books.htm   (1232 words)

 Pat Swenson, Arthur C. Clarke's "The Sentinel" - California State University, Northridge   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
"THE SENTINEL" BY ARTHUR C. Arthur C. Clarke (1917-) is known for the technical precision of his science fiction, a characteristic that reflects his background in physics and mathematics.
It came to rest among the inner planets, warming themselves around the fire of the Sun and waiting for their stories to begin.
So they left a sentinel, one of millions they have scattered throughout the Universe, watching over all worlds with the promise of life.
www.csun.edu /~pjs44945/364clarke.html   (4023 words)

 books about: sentinels (confederacy dragonlance satellites)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
In 1948, Arthur C. Clarke submitted a short story, The Sentinel, to a BBC contest; which he did not win.
However, the story was published in the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1951, and in 1964 he returned to the story and began expanding it into a novel.
Tony Taylor's ALPINE SENTINELS is a direct, readable, and knowledgeable account of an American sub-culture that was viable for many centuries and is now gone, crowded and displaced by the westward movment of Euro-Americans.
www.very-clever.com /books/sentinels   (1192 words)

 Review: Sentinel: Descendants in Time   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
I open the Sentinel manual and the second thing I see (after the cursor explanation, same as every other adventure cursor in history) is "Story by Terry Dowling -- based on his short story "'The Dormeuse and the Ichneumon'".
In a printed story, every line of description and narrative would convey tiny clues about the the protagonist, his background, his expectations and understanding of the world.
Sentinel is very well done for what it is: a pretty puzzle collection with a bonus story included.
www.eblong.com /~zarf/gamerev/sentinel.html   (1643 words)

 Short Fiction   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
This short story was the first to net me money, winning me second place in Ancient
This story, as the title indicates, details the last stand of the dwarven nation against the demon hordes.
This story is my take on the workplace violence that seems so prevalent these days.
members.aol.com /theroguewriter/shortfiction.html   (230 words)

 Welcome to the Sentinel Fandom
The Sentinel is a one-hour police drama which premiered on UPN in March 1996 and ran for 65 episodes (3 1/2 seasons) until June 1999.
The subject of his thesis is sentinels, and when he discovers Jim Ellison has sentinel abilities he convinces the detective to let Blair observe him in exchange for helping him control his senses.
The Sentinel is one of the first and few examples of a fan campaign which was successful in saving a television show which had been cancelled.
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/Academy/8097/sentinelfan   (792 words)

 2001: A Space Odyssey
[T]hey left a sentinel, one of millions they have scattered throughout the universe, watching over all the worlds with the promise of life.
In the film, the sentinels take the form of enigmatic fl monoliths that monitor human evolution, from cave-dwelling to space-faring stage, and also influence and accelerate mankind's development by supplying valuable information at crucial moments.
The aliens themselves are never shown and the film ends, in surreal style, with the transformation of astronaut Dave Bowman into a "star child." Spacecraft consultants Frederick Ordway and Harry Lange, who had worked for NASA, persuaded companies such as Boeing and IBM to supply prototypes and technical documents for use in the film.
www.daviddarling.info /encyclopedia/A/2001.html   (369 words)

 ReadWriteThink: Lesson Plan: Imagine That! Playing with Genre through Newspapers and Short Stories
Whereas short stories are marked by characters’ and narrators’ opinions, experiences and beliefs, news articles try to maintain an even, unbiased tone.
Explain that students are going to apply their comparisons by sketching out story elements for a short story based on a news article.
Pass out copies of the news articles to be used for homework along with the Short Story Rubric, which shows the criteria for the story map that will be due the next class.
www.readwritethink.org /lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=311   (2684 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: The Sentinel: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
It is a selection of short stories with fascinating introduction by Clarke before each story and at the start.
The story introductions are a bonus and allow any interested reader an insight into how they came about as well as offering a brief snippet of the man behind them.
The stories themselves are excellent and some of the ideas therein are evidently used as a base for other, much more widely known work making it as good a place to begin your travels as any.
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/0743479750   (949 words)

 Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame -- Science Fiction HOF -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A new note appeared in his 1953 short story "The Sentinel," a simple but haunting short story of the discovery of an alien artifact on the Moon.
In a compelling paradox that would continue to surface in Clarke's future work, the story was technological "hard" science fiction, yet contained strong metaphysical overtones examining religion and the longing for God.
In 1968 "The Sentinel" became the basis of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey; Clark co-wrote the script with director Stanley Kubrick.
www.sfhomeworld.org /exhibits/homeworld/scifi_hof.asp?articleID=56   (400 words)

 "Translating SF as a Book to a Film Medium and How it is
Science Fiction novels and short stories tend to be about characters and ideas; these ideas are often presented as metaphors that raise important questions about the nature of man and his place in the universe.
Any complex ideas from a novel or short story have to be reduced to a single, lowest, common denominator—the ticket buyer who is very different from the reader.
Stanley Kubrick made three wonderful films from two books and one short story, and today when we look at his creative genius behind “Dr. Strangelove,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and “A Clockwork Orange,” we seem to forget that these films were not instant successes when they debuted.
www.towson.edu /~flynn/translate.htm   (1333 words)

 Ronin Warriors Fanfic--the Sentinel Warriors
I may in the future add some snippets--quick little stories about the daily activities of the characters (some examples would be Kale getting his driver's license or Zane and Skadi's first date).
They make more sense that way because the Sentinel Warrior characters are introduced in the first stories and things progress from there (all stories are listed chronologically as they occur in the Sentinel universe).
Fighting amongst themselves, the Sentinels are easy prey for the Nemesis, the chosen warrior of the Nyx Children.
members.tripod.com /DonnaSmith_2/sentinelwelcome.html   (1464 words)

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A short story by Arthur C. Clarke, "The Sentinel," has been amplified and padded to make it bear the weight of this three-hour film.
They assume it is a kind of DEW marker, set up by beings from a farther planet to signal them that men are at last able to travel this far from earth; and the astronauts sit down to await the beings who will respond to the signal.
None of this man-versus-machine rivalry has anything to do with the main story, but it goes on so long that by the time we return to the main story, the ending feels appended.
www.krusch.com /kubrick/Q16.html   (1636 words)

 Cinescape - Home - Editorial
This familiar story begins when an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon.
At one point Kubrick and Clarke were writing the screenplay and the novel simultaneously; Clarke even rewrote parts of the novel after viewing unfinished rushes from the film (a very expensive literary practice according to him).
The story arc of the Monolith’s malfunctioning downright idiotic — these objects are supposed to be technology and spirituality wrapped into one, not mere toasters.
www.cinescape.com /0/editorial.asp?aff_id=0&obj_id=28759&this_cat=Books   (1886 words)

Lead a class discussion on a short story, section of the novel, or video.
Lead a Blackboard Forum discussion on a short story, section of the novel, or video.
Illustrate a short story or novel with original artwork, computer graphics, or astronomical images downloaded from the computer.
www.dpg.devry.edu /~urman/424/424proj.htm   (588 words)

 Books into Movies - Classic SF, part 2 - SF/Fantasy Books
The story was originally written for an anthology celebrating the 1976 American bicentennial.
Asimov, along with other authors, was commissioned to write a story about the phrase "the bicentennial man." While the anthology was never printed, the story formed the basis of the novel The Positronic Man (1993), co-written with Robert Silverberg.
The novel was inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel", but became a novel during collaboration on a screen play with Stanley Kubrick.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art27424.asp   (609 words)

 DVD Website generated by spherecorner.com
When Stanley Kubrick recruited Arthur C. Clarke to collaborate on "the proverbial intelligent science fiction film," it's a safe bet neither the maverick auteur nor the great science fiction writer knew they would virtually redefine the parameters of the cinema experience.
A daring experiment in unconventional narrative inspired by Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," '2001' is a visual tone poem (barely 40 minutes of dialogue in a 139-minute film) that charts a phenomenal history of human evolution.
From the dawn-of-man discovery of crude but deadly tools in the film's opening sequence to the journey of the spaceship 'Discovery' and metaphysical birth of the "star child" at film's end, Kubrick's vision is meticulous and precise.
www.megacity.org /MovieCollection/Records/121.html   (227 words)

 Trivia for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Just as How the West Was Won (1962) was a series of short stories spanning decades, "2001" was going to be a series of stories showing explorations on many planets and moons.
The last story would be "The Sentinel" which showed the uncovering of the monolith on the Moon, and the first contact with extra terrestrials.
Though the Arthur C. Clarke story "The Sentinel" is often cited as the source for the movie, the ape-man segment is loosely based upon his story "Encounter at Dawn".
www.imdb.com /title/tt0062622/trivia   (3679 words)

 Bob's Short Stories
A collection of very short stories I have written in the past few years.
Most of them are little stories I submitted to various contests and adhere to a 250 word limitation.
The story is a Fantasy Short Story that I wrote last summer.
journals.aol.com /breiss319/BobsShortStories   (3777 words)

 The Cydonian Imperative (5)
I suspect his ignoring "The Sentinel" as evidence for his theory is because citing a well-known movie would immediately make him look foolish.
The science fiction genre is littered with references to pyramids on other planets, a theme that achieves a certain romantic aura since we tend to think of the Pyramids of Egypt when we hear the word "ruin." Pyramids are the quintessential "ruin," and as such lend themselves nicely to stories of extraterrestrial discovery.
Another well-known story is Stanley Weinbaum's "A Martian Odyssey." And as long as we're being paranoid, why not include Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles" as part of the conspiracy?
www.mactonnies.com /imperative5.html   (952 words)

 SciFlicks.com ---> 2001: A Space Odyssey - The Facts
Clarke suggested that "The Sentinel", a short story he wrote in 1948, would provide a suitable premise.
Clarke had written the story for a BBC competition, but it didn't even make the shortlist.
As the story went through many revisions, changes in the novel were taken over into the screenplay and vice versa.
www.sciflicks.com /2001/facts.html   (830 words)

 Tilden Tilford Papers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Tilford published a number of short stories in popular magazines in the 1890's.
Folder 4: "Dominoes," short story by Til Tilford, Harper's Round Table, June 29, 1897.
Folder 5: "The Sheriff of Gingerbread Gap," short story by Til Tilford, Harper's Round Table, December 1897.
libweb.sfasu.edu /etrc/COLLECT/manscrpt/PERSONAL/TilfordTilden/main.htm   (528 words)

 The Best English-Language Fiction of the Twentieth Century - Reviews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
A tale of extraterrestrial contact and (perhaps) guided evolution, jumping from the prehistoric intial contact to the contemporary discovery of an alien artifact on the Moon, to the follow-up expedition to Japetus, a moon of Saturn, in an attempt to contact the society that planted the artifact.
The heart of the story is the conflict between David Bowman, an astronaut crewmember of the Discovery One expedition, and HAL, the spacecraft's malfunctioning sentient controlling computer.
An expansion of Clarke's short story "The Sentinel." Written concurrantly with the screenplay for the Stanley Kubrick film, also inspired by the short story, on which Clarke collaborated with Kubrick.
www.stanford.edu /~bkunde/best/reviews/bla-clarke.htm   (261 words)

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