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BOOK REVIEW

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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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1992

"Little here is new—Clarke must be hoarse from repeating this message—but such a charming, pleasurable retelling of the societal unification myth is certainly worthwhile."
In a cheerful, if hardly startling, review, Clarke traces humankind's transformation from a mosaic of isolated states into a true global community—through modern communications-technology that began with the laying of the first submarine cables and continues to future visions of "talkmen" (Walkman-like telephones). Read full book review >

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2061 by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1987

"Indeed, Clarke, with an absorbing blend of scientific extrapolation and events that generate their own tension, has returned to something like Vintage form after years in the fictional doldrums."
Clarke's Odyssey yarns, like Herbert's Dune and Asimov's Foundation, have been self-perpetuating if, thus far, unimpressive. Read full book review >

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2010 ODYSSEY TWO by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: Nov. 1, 1982

"Steady cosmic storytelling, then, short on drama but delivered with Clarke's usual boyish panache; and the many 2001 followers will regard it as compulsory reading."
A slick, tame sequel that extensively recaps and updates the original 2001—but betters it only in the nuts-and-bolts department. 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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INDIAN OCEAN ADVENTURE by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: Oct. 11, 1961

"MPSLUGMISTER Clarke's amazing yet fully credible account will be brilliantly illustrated with the photographs he brought home and in its modest, low pitched style it is sure to capture new adherents to the undersea way of life, be they only simple in waters."
A prolific writer and an esteemed underwater explorer has recorded one of his most fascinating adventures in the largest unexplored region of our planet, the Indian Ocean. 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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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 >

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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 >