By Arthur C. Clarke
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In the name tale of this assortment, Earth has entered its ultimate ice age—precipitated via the cooling of the solar. during this forbidding weather, a small tribe of nomadic human survivors travels towards the equator sooner than glaciers relocating down from the North Pole, wearing with them a handful of relics from the twenty first century—and racing opposed to the ice to maintain them from annihilation.
This assortment is a show off of groundbreaking tales that strive against with the ethical, mental, and moral implications of medical advancement—written by means of one of many prime technology fiction authors of our time.
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