'A rich, thought-provoking and stylishly written anthology, worthy of one of the most intelligent scientific thinkers of Our time' The Time Higher Educational Supplement
The most visionary and versatile thinker of his age gathers together in a single volume his most significant and prophetic non-fiction writings to present a personal view of the twentieth century. Each essay has a new introduction by Clarke.
Witness the awesome workings of Clarke's intellect as he predicts the role of geosynchronous satellites decades before they existed; anticipates the internet decades before it happened; reports from Kennedy Space Center; scripts the best of movie ever made; discusses Star Wars, giant squid, and numerous other fascinating topics.
Clarke has been both a technological prophet and a cultural conscience for many decades of his century, celebrating the great scientific powers of man - and simultaneously warning of the perils of a world where power and greed reign unchecked. Clarke can provide a unique coda for the last century of the second millennium.
'A fascinating collection, reasonable, witty, and often elegant... Essential Clarke; highly recommended' Kirkus
'Arthur C. Clarke is the imaginative boost behind the rocket's red glare. He inspired Buzz Aldrin. He invented the geosynchronous orbit. He has an asteroid named after him... he is a true prophet' Times Literary Supplement