Search Results: "Arthur C. Clarke"


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ARTHUR C. CLARKE by Neil McAleer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Useful to specialists and students of sf, but likely to disappoint the more general reader. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Science journalist McAleer (The Mind-Boggling Universe, 1987; The Body Almanac, 1985) turns his attention to one of the giants of his own field. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE by Arthur C. Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Wonder."
A massive compendium brings together (most probably) every story—104 in total, at least 3 previously uncollected—ever written by grandmaster Clarke (3001: The Final Odyssey, 1997, etc). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1986

"This note of optimism and a long, Clarke-at-his-best description of life in a 2019 space station (based on present experience) lift the book out of the veil of joyless hardware."
The date is the 50th anniversary of the moonwalk, 17 years ago (ergo, 33 years hence). Read full book review >

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REACH FOR TOMORROW by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"And there are personal tragedies as well: Nelson, after the shock of a generator, is laterally inverted, Connolly is haunted by a parasitic presence which drives him to his death; etc., etc. An unsettling- but diverting form of divination."
A new collection of short stories range forward in time and view a changing universe; old worlds die- and new civilizations replace them. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM PLANET EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1990

"Dated in some respects, startlingly predictive in others: Clarke is never at the cutting edge here, but he is good company, and the rarities will make it a useful addition to collections and libraries."
A major retrospective, 1949-65, featuring 13 stories, several rarely if ever reprinted, and a 1987 fictional essay ("On Golden Seas") amusingly setting forth Clarke's disapproving views on Star Wars. Read full book review >

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SONGS OF DISTANT EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 12, 1987

"Still, there's much to admire here—not least Clarke's dream of civilization without fossilized hatreds and violence—and his vast audience won't be disappointed."
A short story that first appeared in 1958, expanded and polished to a high gloss. Read full book review >

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IMPERIAL EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 19, 1975

"Pleasant but oddly unformed."
As colonists from the entire solar system converge on the mother planet for the 2776 celebration, Duncan Makenzie—third of a "father-son" dynasty of clones—returns to Earth. Read full book review >

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TIME PROBE by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: May 25, 1966

"Timely probing."
Eleven different sciences are represented in these short stories: Robert Heinlein uses math to build a remarkably inconvenient Crooked House; Murray Leinster startles with a cybernetic superweapon in The Wabbler; Theodore Thomas ponders the wondrous ways of The Weather Man when he can do more than just talk about it...an out-standing effort. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 25, 1961

A collection of three titles, The Deep Range (1957), The Other Side of the Sky (1958) and The City and the Stars (1956) offers two novels and 24 short stories. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 3, 1957

"Good."
In book form, a select selection of shorter pieces includes The Star (voted the best science fiction piece of 1956) in which the ruins of a dead continent and civilization are revealed- only to frame another unanswerable question; the title constellation of six pieces dealing with space stations; the Venture to the Moon undertaken by an American, a British and a Russian space ship- and the subsequent sequels to the landing there, etc. These and others deal largely with extraterrestial excursions which assume a greater reality now, and offer a legible, believable form of skywriting. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1999

"Essential Clarke; highly recommended."
A science fiction giant (3001: The Final Odyssey, 1997, and many others), Clarke has always been equally at home in nonfiction. Read full book review >

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3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 12, 1997

"Clarke, while never uninteresting, long ago abandoned drama; here, he simply reports, with the dispassionate precision of HAL before he went bananas."
Fourth in Clarke's Odyssey series (2061: Odyssey Three, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >