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Arthur C. Clarke

Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]
Series: Modern masters of science fiction.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Already renowned for his science fiction and scientific nonfiction, Arthur C. Clarke became the world's most famous science fiction writer after the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He then produced novels like Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise that many regard as his finest works. Gary Westfahl closely examines Clarke's remarkable career, ranging from his forgotten juvenilia to the passages he  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Arthur C Clarke; Arthur C Clarke; Arthur C Clarke
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Westfahl
ISBN: 9780252041938 0252041933 9780252083594 0252083598
OCLC Number: 1005112671
Description: 217 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Biographical sketch --
Jocular juvenilia --
Marvelous machines --
The conquest of space --
Human destinies --
Alien encounters --
Under the sea --
Future faiths --
The solitary observer --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Clarke's "collaborations" and other authors --
An Arthur C. Clarke bibliography.
Series Title: Modern masters of science fiction.
Responsibility: Gary Westfahl.

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"Already renowned for his science fiction and scientific nonfiction, Arthur C. Clarke became the world's most famous science fiction writer after the success of 2001: A Space Odyssey. He then produced novels like Rendezvous with Rama and The Fountains of Paradise that many regard as his finest works. Gary Westfahl closely examines Clarke's remarkable career, ranging from his forgotten juvenilia to the passages he completed for a final novel, The Last Theorem. As Westfahl explains, Clarke's science fiction offered original perspectives on subjects like new inventions, space travel, humanity's destiny, alien encounters, the undersea world, and religion. While not inclined to mysticism, Clarke necessarily employed mystical language to describe the fantastic achievements of advanced aliens and future humans. Westfahl also contradicts the common perception that Clarke's characters were bland and underdeveloped, arguing that these reticent, solitary individuals, who avoid conventional relationships, represent his most significant prediction of the future, as they embody the increasingly common lifestyle of people in the twenty-first century."--Provided by publisher.

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