This is not major nor new Arthur Clarke but it's Arthur Clarke all the same and that's enough to give devotees galactic goosebumps in that space between their 2001 ears -- yes, Son of Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Stanley Kubrick (and the sequel) is included here. Along with some of the speculative pieces from The Challenge of the Spaceship (1959, now o.p.), a few from Holiday magazine in the '50's, a couple of papers originally delivered to professional societies, etc. This is vintage Clarke: whimsical, remarkably prescient, always knowledgeable, reminding you constantly that "'impossible' is a dangerous word" and that "The Earth is indeed our cradle, which we are about to leave. And the Solar System will be our kindergarten." A very disarming lightyear.