Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds. A vision of the 20th century as it happened

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'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
  • Date de parution : 23/06/2000
  • Editeur : Harper Collins publishers
  • Collection : Voyager
  • ISBN : 0-00-648369-0
  • EAN : 9780006483694
  • Format : Poche
  • Nb. de pages : 555 pages
  • Poids : 0.375 Kg
  • Dimensions : 12,9 cm × 19,7 cm × 3,6 cm

Biographie d'Arthur-C Clarke

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Kt., CBE, was born on December 16, 1917, in Minehead, Somerset, England, to Charles W. Clarke, a farmer and lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and Nora Mary (Willis) Wright. He was married to Marilyn Mayfield in 1953 and divorced in 1964. A resident of Colombo, Sri Lanka, since 1956, Sir Arthur received his CBE in 1989 and his knighthood (for services to literature) in 1998. In 1975, he was the first noncitizen to receive Resident Guest status in Sri Lanka, where he is chancellor of the University of Moratuwa (l979-). He is also chancellor of the International Space University (l989-). The author of over eighty books and five hundred articles and short stories, Sir Arthur was educated at Huish Grammar School in Taunton (1927-36), and King's College, London, 1946-48 (B.Sc., first class, physics and mathematics). Before becoming a full-time writer, he was an auditor in H.M. Exchequer and Audit Department (1936-41) and served in the Royal Air Force (l941-46) as an instructor at the No. 9 Radio School and then flight lieutenant with MIT Radlab's ground-controlled approach radar. He originated the concept of the geosynchronous communications satellite, published in Wireless World in 1945, and the lunar mass-driver (journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 1950). He was assistant editor of Physics Abstracts for the Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1949-50, and chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, 1947-50 and 1953. From 1955 to 1965, Sir Arthur was involved in underwater exploration in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and in the Indian Ocean near Sri Lanka. From 1964 to 1968, Sir Arthur wrote, with film director Stanley Kubrick, the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, on which the film was based. This was followed by the book and film 2010 (1982), and the books 2061 (1988) and 3001 (1997). Other famous science fiction novels include Against the Fall of Night (1953), The Sands of Mars (1951), Childhood's End (l953), the four-part Rama series (l972-93), and The Hammer of God (l993), which Steven Spielberg optioned for the film Deep Impact. In 1952, his nonfiction work The Exploration of Space was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. Arthur C. Clarke covered United States space missions and the Apollo Moon landings for CBS from 1957 to 1970. He wrote and hosted the television series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World, The World of Strange Powers, and Mysterious Universe in the 1980s and 1990s. He is an honorary vice president of the H. G. Wells Society, the honorary chairman of the Society of Satellite Professionals, president of the British Science Fiction Association, a life member of the British Science Writers, a board member of the National Space Society, the Planetary Society, and the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and a trustee of the Spaceguard Foundation, as well as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Awards and honors include honorary fellows of the British Interplanetary Society, the American Astronautical Association, the International Academy of Astronautics, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.; the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Engineering Award, 1981; the IEE Centennial Medal, 1984; the Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award, 1990; International Science Policy Foundation Medal, 1992; Nobel Peace Prize nomination, 1994; NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, 1995; Unesco Kalinga Prize, 1961; the von Karman Award, International Academy of Astronautics, Beijing, 1996; Oscar nomination, with Stanley Kubrick, for 2001 screenplay, 1969; Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America, 1986; and the Special Achievement Award, Space Explorers Association, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1989.

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