I remember watching A space Odyssey about seven years back and almost losing my mind during the overlong Stargate sequence and what followed after that acid trip. Fortunately, I had a copy of the novel with me and I jumped right in! In short, The tribal group was going down and they were facing Extinction with a big E. Enter our savior, the big black slab which manipulated with the minds of man-apes and turned them into ambitious, innovative and uh But hey, they needed to be all this to survive such a primitive world. The only problem was that the once benevolent man-apes passed these newly found qualities like innovation, imagination and unfortunately, violence to future generations that followed them.

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As a boy, he lived on a farm, where he enjoyed stargazing , fossil collecting, and reading American science fiction pulp magazines. He received his secondary education at Huish Grammar school in Taunton. Some of his early influences included dinosaur cigarette cards , which led to an enthusiasm for fossils starting about Clarke also contributed pieces to the Debates and Discussions Corner, a counterblast to an Urania article offering the case against space travel, and also his recollections of the Walt Disney film Fantasia.

He moved to London in and joined the Board of Education as a pensions auditor. Clarke spent most of his wartime service working on ground-controlled approach GCA radar, as documented in the semi-autobiographical Glide Path , his only non-science-fiction novel.

Although GCA did not see much practical use during the war, it proved vital to the Berlin Airlift of — after several years of development. Clarke initially served in the ranks, and was a corporal instructor on radar at No. He was commissioned as a pilot officer technical branch on 27 May He advanced this idea in a paper privately circulated among the core technical members of the British Interplanetary Society in The concept was published in Wireless World in October of that year.

In , during a dive trip off Trincomalee, Clarke discovered the underwater ruins of a temple which would subsequently make the region popular with divers.

This was his second diving book after the The Coast of Coral. He dived often at Hikkaduwa, Trincomalee and Nilaveli. Heinlein came to visit, the Sri Lanka Air Force provided a helicopter to take them around the country. The first of the three was Rendezvous with Rama in , which won all the main genre awards [37] and spawned sequels that along with the series formed the backbone of his later career.

In , Clarke appeared in a science fiction film ; he portrayed himself in the telefilm Without Warning , an American production about an apocalyptic alien first-contact scenario presented in the form of a faux newscast.

Clarke also became active in promoting the protection of gorillas and became a patron of the Gorilla Organization which fights for the preservation of gorillas. They separated permanently after six months, although the divorce was not finalised until Self-absorbed he might be and a teetotaller , but an impeccable gent through and through.

Clarke said that some of his private diaries will not be published until 30 years after his death. When asked why they were sealed, he answered, "Well, there might be all sorts of embarrassing things in them. Later years[ edit ] Clarke at his home in Sri Lanka, Although he and his home were unharmed by the Indian Ocean earthquake tsunami , his "Arthur C. Clarke Foundation worked towards better disaster notification systems. In July , he provided a video address for the Robert A.

Heinlein Centennial in which he closed his comments with a goodbye to his fans. Known as GRB B , the burst set a new record as the farthest object that could be seen from Earth with the naked eye. His younger brother, Fred Clarke, and his Sri Lankan adoptive family were among the thousands in attendance.

Clarke began carving out his reputation as a "scientific" science fiction writer with his first science fiction novel, Against the Fall of Night , published as a novella in It was very popular and considered ground-breaking work for some of the concepts it contained.

Clarke revised and expanded the novella into a full novel which was published in Clarke would later rewrite and expand this work a third time to become The City and the Stars in , which rapidly became a definitive must-read in the field. Clarke capped the first phase of his writing career with his sixth novel, A Fall of Moondust , in , which is also an acknowledged classic of the period.

During this time, Clarke corresponded with C. Lewis in the s and s and they once met in an Oxford pub, The Eastgate , to discuss science fiction and space travel. Clarke voiced great praise for Lewis upon his death, saying that the Ransom trilogy was one of the few works of science fiction that should be considered literature.

This also applies in the far-distant past but our future in The City and the Stars and its original version, Against the Fall of Night. I suspect that telepathy does happen. Clarke also wrote short stories under the pseudonyms of E. Clarke They remained on cordial terms for many years, including visits in the United States and Sri Lanka.

Clarke and Asimov first met in New York City in , and they traded friendly insults and gibes for decades. They established an oral agreement, the "Clarke—Asimov Treaty", that when asked who was better, the two would say Clarke was the better science fiction writer and Asimov was the better science writer.

In , Clarke wrote a sequel to titled Odyssey Two , which was made into a film in Clarke wrote two further sequels that have not been adapted into motion pictures: Odyssey Three published in and The Final Odyssey published in The whereabouts of astronaut Dave Bowman the "Star Child" , the artificial intelligence HAL , and the development of native life on Europa, protected by the alien Monolith , are revealed. The novel details the threat posed to humanity by the alien monoliths, whose actions are not always as their builders had intended.

Kubrick and Clarke had met in New York City in to discuss the possibility of a collaborative film project. Originally, Clarke was going to write the screenplay for the film, but Kubrick suggested during one of their brainstorming meetings that before beginning on the actual script, they should let their imaginations soar free by writing a novel first, on which they would base the film.

Thus I rewrote some sections after seeing the movie rushes—a rather expensive method of literary creation, which few other authors can have enjoyed.

After many delays the film was released in the spring of , before the book was completed. The book was credited to Clarke alone. For these and other reasons, the details of the story differ slightly from the book to the movie. The film contains little explanation for the events taking place.

Clarke, on the other hand, wrote thorough explanations of "cause and effect" for the events in the novel. The "special edition" of the novel A Space Odyssey released in contains an introduction by Clarke in which he documents the events leading to the release of the novel and film.

This novel was also made into a film, , directed by Peter Hyams for release in Because of the political environment in America in the s, the film presents a Cold War theme, with the looming tensions of nuclear warfare not featured in the novel. The film was not considered to be as revolutionary or artistic as , but the reviews were still positive.

Clarke appeared in the film, first as the man feeding the pigeons while Dr. Heywood Floyd is engaged in a conversation in front of the White House. In the early s, the actor Morgan Freeman expressed his desire to produce a movie based on Rendezvous with Rama.

After a drawn-out development process — which Freeman attributed to difficulties in getting financing — it appeared that in this project might be proceeding, but this was very dubious.

In late , Fincher stated the movie is unlikely to be made. Several of his non-fiction books are composed of chapters that can stand on their own as separate essays. Space travel[ edit ] In particular, Clarke was a populariser of the concept of space travel. In he wrote Interplanetary Flight , a book outlining the basics of space flight for laymen.

Futurism[ edit ] His books on space travel usually included chapters about other aspects of science and technology, such as computers and bioengineering. He also envisioned a "personal transceiver, so small and compact that every man carries one".

He wrote: "the time will come when we will be able to call a person anywhere on Earth merely by dialling a number. Clarke accurately predicted many things that became reality, including online banking , online shopping , and other now commonplace things. Another collection of essays, all previously collected, is By Space Possessed Geostationary communications satellite[ edit ] Main article: Geostationary orbit Clarke contributed to the popularity of the idea that geostationary satellites would be ideal telecommunications relays.

According to John R. In addition to writing, Clarke set up several diving-related ventures with his business partner Mike Wilson. In , while scuba diving, Wilson and Clarke uncovered ruined masonry, architecture and idol images of the sunken original Koneswaram temple — including carved columns with flower insignias, and stones in the form of elephant heads — spread on the shallow surrounding seabed. Plans to dive on the wreck the following year were stopped when Clarke developed paralysis, ultimately diagnosed as polio.

A year later, Clarke observed the salvage from the shore and the surface. The ship, ultimately identified as belonging to the Mughal Emperor , Aurangzeb , yielded fused bags of silver rupees , cannon, and other artefacts, carefully documented, became the basis for The Treasure of the Great Reef. This, he believed, would make rocket-based access to space obsolete and, more than geostationary satellites, would ultimately be his scientific legacy. He said: "Any path to knowledge is a path to God—or Reality, whichever word one prefers to use.

We should get rid of it as quick as we can. Near the very end of that same episode, the last segment of which covered the Star of Bethlehem , he said that his favourite theory [] was that it might be a pulsar. Climate change has now added a new sense of urgency. Our technology must still be laughably primitive; we may well be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms.



Plot summary[ edit ] A rare and never before seen alien race uses a tool with the appearance of a large crystalline monolith to investigate worlds across the galaxy and, if possible, to encourage the development of intelligent life. The book shows one such monolith appearing in prehistoric Africa, 3 million years B. The ape-men use their tools to kill animals and eat meat, ending their starvation. They then use the tools to kill a leopard preying on them; the next day, the main ape character, Moon-Watcher, uses a club to kill the leader of a rival tribe. The book suggests that the monolith was instrumental in awakening intelligence.


Arthur C. Clarke

Narg Clarke marries science, mysticism, theory, and fantasy in ways like no other. The remarkable thing about this book is how it stands the test of time. Blatant Mad Men era sexism. A Space Odyssey requires that you experience both the book and film to fully grasp the intent of Clarke and Kubrick, and it is well worth the time. Sometimes I still pick it artgur just to read a chapter or two. A Space Odyssey novel — Wikipedia Retrieved 9 July I think that adds even more astonishment to his writing and his imagination.


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