1984: SPRING


The title notwithstanding, this is not Clarke's answer to Orwell or a yeasty catalogue of predictions; rather, it's a collection of recent addresses, articles, and miscellany. Yes, some of the pieces address the future in Clarke's ebullient terms—the "spring" of the title. By 2030 he predicts permanent space labs, wrist telephones, a lunar base, commercial fusion power, manned planetary exploration, space cities, and robot interstellar probes. His old favorite, the space elevator (literally a cable from earth to a stationary-orbit base), makes its appearance several times, with the didactic point that it was independently invented by several creative minds. Clarke's own role in the development of communication satellites is worthy of attention. These, he feels, are the vehicles that can make the world truly a global village, and he takes pride in what they have meant to his adopted country, Sri Lanka. Some pieces pertaining to the sci fi genre provide a little novelty. Clarke reports on his exchange of letters with a doddering George Bernard Shaw, and reviews a number of writers who contributed to space and fantasy writing before the present bonanza—among them Lord Dunsany, Olaf Stapledon, David Lasser. Leonard Woolf comes up for separate attention as the author of Village in the Jungle, which Clarke lauds as an extraordinary portrait of Singhalese life that's become a classic in the native tongue. (Woolf was an assistant government agent in Ceylon before Virginia and Bloomsbury.) There are other, more personal references to childhood, to friends, literary agents, and the colorful folk at N.Y.'s Chelsea Hotel. In all: a fragmented omnium-gatherum, disappointingly heavy with familiar items.

Pub Date: Feb. 17, 1983

ISBN: 0586061940

Page Count: 268

Publisher: Ballantine

Review Posted Online: Sept. 21, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1983

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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