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Arthur C Clarke alien ship monitoring earth

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    Welcome to Sci-Fi. Is there anything else you can tell us about the story, such as approximately where or when you read it?
    – Ben Murphy
    Sep 10 '20 at 19:37
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    This question is very (very) terse. You could improve this question by going through the checklists here and editing in any relevant info you can think to add.
    – Valorum
    Sep 10 '20 at 19:40
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    It sounds like "Encounter in the Dawn", which has aliens visit earth in pre-history.
    – Ben Murphy
    Sep 10 '20 at 20:07
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    could be Rendevous with Rama, without more details
    – NKCampbell
    Sep 10 '20 at 20:25
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    – FuzzyBoots
    Sep 11 '20 at 4:06
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Could it be Starglider in The Fountains of Paradise? That was a novel, not a short story, but the Starglider incident was only a small part, seen in flashback. It was an alien probe which traded information, but nothing on advanced technology, before departing the Solar System.

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