Search Results: "Arthur C. Clarke"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1959

"This has broader appeal than his other books which are already standbys in bookstores and libraries."
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. Read full book review >

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THE REEFS OF TAPROBANE by Arthur C. Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1957

"What is known as a pleasure to read."
A most amiable continuation of this author's previous The Coast Of Coral (1956) here brings him back from that expedition and starts him off on one that takes him to Ceylon and the waters on its north, east, south and west — and over the land itself. Read full book review >

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GLIDE PATH by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 11, 1963

"The electronic saga sometimes pops with a bit of poetry and sentiment, but for the most part it is told in the tone of hardy idealism rarely encountered in today's fiction. We'll to the stars no more"
The story is something of a hymn to a home-based British radar unit during WW II and concerns the development of a radar talk-down system for landing planes. 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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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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 1964

"Much of the treasure is still down there waiting for Wilson, while much of the mystery surrounding the ship is slowly rising."
Readers of Indian Ocean Adventure, which Clarke wrote with Mike Wilson, will remember Clarke's skin-diving adventures along the Great Reef off of Ceylon. Read full book review >

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GOING INTO SPACE by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: Oct. 6, 1954

"Turning skyward he analyzes the atmosphere, the planets and their positions in the universe, the work now going on for flight to them, and what may happen when man gets to the moon."
Another round-up of the outlook, probabilities and possibilities of present and future space travel- by the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society and a science fiction writer-makes its bid as an authoritative book in a popular, growing market ( Charles Coombs' book reported below). Read full book review >

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EXPEDITION TO EARTH by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: Dec. 14, 1953

"Breaking Strain views the problem of survival in a doomed space ship, a Walt Disney film baffles a future world, Earth obeys but conquers Mars, etc. Imaginative, challenging and literate."
Eleven short stories concern themselves generally with the river of time. Read full book review >

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PRELUDE TO SPACE by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 12, 1986

"Alexson's briefing takes him from London to the base in the desert of Australia where the Prometheus is to be launched; the extensive preparations, the screening of the crew, the ultimate objectives of the mission-all this forms a precise prospectus which is more science than fiction."
An astronautical documentary of the first rocket to the moon as it is recorded by Dirk Alexson, an historian assigned to the project. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 19, 1972

"Perhaps the 2001th version of previously charted journeys but steady, reliable, and efficient."
There are one or two chips off the old monolith (a spectacular encounter with the "Outer Giants" of Space and some strange transformations; an amusing theological/galactic speculation) but most of these short stories involve familiar machinery, stranded heroes, and electronic or deep-marine monsters. Read full book review >