The Wall of Darkness

Arthur C Clarke | published July, 1949

added May 17, 2024
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First Date of Publication
July, 1949
Original Source
Super Science Stories
Original Source Type
Magazine - Pulp
Short Story
Original Language
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Summary: A mysterious wall surrounds an entire planet in a strange universe. Two inhabitants decide to undertake a journey along the wall and see where it leads, trying to find what lies on the other side of it, all set for a remarkable, mind-twisting denouement.

Story Tag Line: Ages ago the First Dynasty had walled up half the planet, and left no hint of their terrible reason… Only Shervane dared to surmount that mile-high barrier, and learn the mind-shattering truth that lay beyond…

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  • Vijay Fafat
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    I will post a longer review soon but an aside on this entry: Another story which showcases a mysterious, one-sided wall is Robert Lowndes - “The Long Wall” (Stirring Science Stories, March 1942, as by Wilfred Owen Morley); also as a longer version: “Settler’s Wall, (nv) Startling Mystery Stories Fall 1968.