This one volume comprises: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke: On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system.But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong… A Time of Changes, Robert Silverberg: In the far future, Earth is a worn-out backwater and humanity is spread across the galaxy on worlds that began as colonies, but now feel like home, each with its own long history of a thousand years or more, and each with its own unique culture. One of the strangest is on Borthan, where the founding settlers established the Covenant, which teaches that the self is to be despised, and forbids anyone to reveal his innermost thoughts or feelings to another. On Borthan, the filthiest obscenities imaginable are the words “I” and “me.” For the heinous crime of “self-baring,” apostates have always paid with exile or death, but after his eyes are opened by a visitor from Earth, Kinnall Darival, prince of Salla, risks everything to teach his people the real meaning of being human… The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham: The triffids – strange plants, seven feet tall, with a high yield of quality oil, yet armed with a lashing sting that could kill or blind. When kept under control with their stings docked, they were an asset. Bill Masen had worked with triffids almost all his life yet a moment of carelessness landed him in hospital, temporarily blinded by a triffid sting. So he misses the spectacular  green meteorite shower. He wakes the next morning to a silent world, punctuated only by random screams, shouts and occasional shuffling – no traffic sounds and none of the usual bustle of a city hospital. Removing the bandages and discovering thankfully his sight has been restored, he ventures outside to find the streets full of wandering, sightless people. He begins to connect with the fortunate few who also luckily missed the meteorite shower – but they are very few. Civilisation is ended – and now the triffids are free to roam, kill and destroy unchecked, to make the Earth theirs… I, Robot, Isaac Asimov. The Three Laws of Robotics are perfect. A robot must not harm a human. A robot must obey a human. A robot must protect its existence as long as it did not conflict with the first two Laws. But mankind wasn’t content with just programmed helpers, workers and companions. And as robotics technology develops to the point that robots are aware of their power and intelligence, the robots also want more. And so  the future of both hangs in the balance. Human men and women confront robots gone mad, telepathic robots, robot politicians, and vast robotic intelligences that may already secretly control the world. And both are asking the same questions: What is human? And is humanity obsolete? All are complete and unabridged.  Classic sci-fi by the very best.