Twenty articles concerning the impact of the coming space age on mankind written by the former chairman of the British Interplanetary Society and one of the most imaginative, scientifically oriented writers of space literature today. Writing with a truly universal perspective spiced with wry humor, the author gives informed speculations and reports on life on other planets, the similarities of skin-diving to space travel, human powered flight, a Martian's description of Earth, scientific evidence for the Star of Bethlehem, vacationing on Mars and the Moon, the "storing" of human beings for future duplication, the nature of flying saucers, moon geography, radio stars and the possibility of human evolutions among other subjects. All of this is in a wonderful mixture of easily assimilated astronautics, physics, astronomy, meteorology and magnetohydrodynamics. Most of these articles have appeared in Holiday, Horizon and Harpers, and gathering them in book form can only be a boon to anyone with the slightest interest in future space travel. Commenting that the shadow of coming space events is nearer to us now than the battle of Gettysburg, Mr. Clarke offers the layman a challenging conception of yet another potential of the roaring atomic age. This has broader appeal than his other books which are already standbys in bookstores and libraries.

Pub Date: June 15, 1959

ISBN: 0671821393

Page Count: 222

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1959

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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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