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Farewell, Arthur C. Clarke

Article - March 19, 2008 by Neil
http://bfgb.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/farewell-arthur-c-clarke/

One of the giants has flared out.

Arthur C. Clarke, often listed as one of the two or three greatest science fiction writers ever, died Wednesday morning in his adopted country, Sri Lanka. Clarke was perhaps best known for the book and film adaptation of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Others may know him for Childhood’s End or his fantastic short stories. My personal favorite is Rendezvous with Rama, a haunting book that reminds readers that if we ever do make first contact, what we find may seem like magic to our minds. Rama won the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Jupiter Awards: quite a coup for one book! In over one hundred books and story collections, Clarke makes readers aware that space is a mighty big place while helping bring it a little closer to earth.

But Clarke had impact far beyond fiction. A species of dinosaur is named after him. An asteroid is named after him. Britain’s highest awards for both science fiction novels and achievement in space science bear his name as well. These are not just honorary titles, Clarke chaired the British Interplanetary Society for many years. Many remember him for serving as the expert commentator with Walter Cronkite as the Apollo missions were broadcast. The ideas he contributed regarding geostationary satellites revolutionized communications and weather forecasting. His advocacy of space elevators will influence space science long after his passing.

Although he was made a Knight by the U.K. in 2000, and remained a dual citizen of that country, Clarke’s heart was won by Sri Lanka, where he moved in 1956 to pursue a love of underwater exploration. Clarke loved the water, and ran a diving school, which helped him in his lifelong battle against post-polio myelitis. He made the news again by surviving the tsunamis in 2004.

The next time your eyes turn to the night skies, think about Arthur Clarke, and in his honor, think about space. I’d like to think he’s just traveled on, continuing his exploration.

Check out what Monroe County Library offers written by Arthur C. Clarke

Wikipedia article about Arthur C. Clarke

The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation

Sir Arthur C. Clarke – Research and discussion site for Clarke.

Biography for Arthur C. Clarke

Quotations by Arthur C. Clarke

List of Works by Arthur C. Clarke
"Arthur C(harles) Clarke." St. James Guide to Science Fiction Writers, 4th ed. St. James Press, 1996. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.

Science Fiction Novels (series: Odyssey; Rama)

  • Prelude to Space: A Compelling Realistic Novel of Interplanetary Flight. New York, Galaxy, 1951 ;
  • London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1953 ; as Master of Space, New York, Lancer, 1961 ; as The Space Dreamers, Lancer, 1969 .
  • The Sands of Mars. London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1951 ; New York, Gnome Press, 1952 .
  • Islands in the Sky (for children). London, Sidgwick and Jackson, and Philadelphia, Winston, 1952 ; adapted for children by Suzan Davies, Hong Kong, Oxford University Press, 1976 .
  • Against the Fall of Night. New York, Gnome Press, 1953 ; revised edition, as The City and the Stars, New York, Harcourt Brace, and London, Muller, 1956 ; with a sequel by Gregory Benford as Beyond the Fall of Night, New York, Putnam, 1990 ; as Against the Fall of the Night, [with] Beyond the Fall of Night, London, Gollancz, 1991 .
  • Childhood's End. New York, Ballantine, 1953 ; London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1954 .
  • Earthlight. New York, Ballantine, and London, Muller, 1955 .
  • The Deep Range. New York, Harcourt Brace, and London, Muller, 1957 .
  • A Fall of Moondust. New York, Harcourt Brace, and London, Gollancz, 1961 .
  •  Dolphin Island: A Story of the People of the Sea (for children). New York, Holt Rinehart, and London, Gollancz, 1963 .  
  • An Arthur C. Clarke Omnibus [and Second Omnibus]. London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 2 vols., 1965 -68.
  • Prelude to Mars (omnibus). New York, Harcourt Brace, 1965 .
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey. New York, New American Library, and London, Hutchinson, 1968 .
  • The Lion of Comarre, and Against the Fall of Night. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1968 ; London, Gollancz, 1970 .
  • Rendezvous with Rama. London, Gollancz, and New York, Harcourt Brace, 1973 ; adapted for children by David Fickling, Oxford, Alpha, 1979 .
  • Imperial Earth: A Fantasy of Love and Discord. London, Gollancz, 1975 ; revised edition, New York, Harcourt Brace, 1976 .
  • Four Great Science Fiction Novels (includes The City and the Stars, The Deep Range, A Fall of Moondust, and Rendezvous with Rama). London, Gollancz, 1978 .
  • The Fountains of Paradise. London, Gollancz, and New York, Harcourt Brace, 1979 .
  • 2010: Odyssey Two. Huntington Woods, Michigan, Phantasia Press, and London, Granada, 1982 .The Songs of Distant Earth. New York, Ballantine, and London, Grafton, 1986 .
  • Cradle, with Gentry Lee. London, Gollancz, and New York, Warner, 1988 .
  • 2061: Odyssey Three. London, Grafton, and New York, Ballantine, 1988 .
  • Rama II, with Gentry Lee. London, Gollancz, and New York, Bantam, 1989 .
  • The Garden of Rama, with Gentry Lee. London, Gollancz, and New York, Bantam, 1991 .
  • The Hammer of God. London, Gallancz, and New York, Bantam, 1993 .
  • Rama Revealed, with Gentry Lee. London, Gollancz, 1993 ; New York, Bantam, 1994 .
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Science Fictions Short Stories

  • Expedition to Earth: Eighteen Science-Fiction Stories. New York, Ballantine, 1953 ; London,Sidgwick and Jackson,1954 .
  • Reach for Tomorrow. New York, Ballantine, 1956 ; London, Gollancz, 1962 .
  • Tales from the White Hart. New York, Ballantine, 1957 ; London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1972 .
  • The Other Side of the Sky. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1958 ; London, Gollancz, 1961 .
  • Across the Sea of Stars: An Omnibus Containing the Complete Novels, Childhood's End and Earthlight, and Eighteen Other Short Stories. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1959 .
  • From the Oceans, from the Stars: An Omnibus Containing the Complete Novels, The Deep Range and The City and the Stars, and Twenty-Four Short Stories. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1962 .
  • Tales of Ten Worlds. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1962 ; London, Gollancz, 1963 .
  • The Nine Billion Names of God: The Best Short Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1967 .
  • The Wind from the Sun: Stories of the Space Age. New York, Harcourt Brace, and London, Gollancz, 1972 .
  • Of Time and Stars: The Worlds of Arthur C. Clarke. London, Gollancz, 1972 .
  • The Best of Arthur C. Clarke 1937-1971, edited by Angus Wells. London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1973 .
  • The Sentinel. New York, Berkley, 1983 ; London, Granada, 1985 .
  • A Meeting with Medusa, with Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson. New York, Tor, 1988 .
  • Tales from Planet Earth. London, Century, 1989 ; New York, Bantam, 1990 .
  • Dilemmas: The Secret, with Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1989 .
  • More Than One Universe: The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke. New York, Bantam, 1991 .

Other Novels

  • Glide Path. New York, Harcourt Brace, 1963 ; London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1969 .
  • The Ghost from the Grand Banks. London, Gollancz, and New York, Bantam, 1990 .

Verse

  • The Fantastic Muse. [United Kingdom], Hilltop Press, 1992 .

Other

  • Interplanetary Flight: An Introduction to Astronautics. London, Temple Press, 1950 ; New York, Harper, 1951 ; revised edition, 1960 .
  • The Exploration of Space. London, Temple Press, and New York, Harper, 1951 ; revised edition, 1959 .
  • The Young Traveller in Space (for children). London, Phoenix House, 1954 ; as Going into Space, New York, Harper, 1954 ; as The Scottie Book of Space Travel, London, Transworld, 1957 ; revised edition, with Robert Silverberg, as Into Space, New York, Harper, 1971 .
  • The Exploration of the Moon. London, Muller, 1954 ; New York, Harper, 1955 .
  • The Coast of Coral. London, Muller, and New York, Harper, 1956 .
  • The Making of a Moon: The Story of the Earth Satellite Program. London, Muller, and New York, Harper, 1957 ; revised edition, Harper, 1958 .
  • The Reefs of Taprobane: Underwater Adventures around Ceylon. London, Muller, and New York, Harper, 1957 .
  • Voice across the Sea. London, Muller, 1958 ; New York, Harper, 1959 ; revised edition, London, Mitchell Beazley, and New York, Harper, 1974 .
  • Boy beneath the Sea (for children). New York, Harper, 1958 .
  • The Challenge of the Spaceship: Previews of Tomorrow's World. New York, Harper, 1959 ; London, Muller, 1960 .
  • The First Five Fathoms: A Guide to Underwater Adventure. New York, Harper, 1960 .
  • The Challenge of the Sea. New York, Holt Rinehart, 1960 ; London, Muller, 1961 .
  • Indian Ocean Adventure. New York, Harper, 1961 ; London, Barker, 1962 .
  • Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible. London, Gollancz, 1962 ; New York, Harper, 1963 ; revised edition, Harper, 1973 ; Gollancz, 1974 , 1982 ; New York, Holt Rinehart, 1984 .
  • The Treasure of the Great Reef. London, Barker, and New York, Harper, 1964 ; revised edition, New York, Ballantine, 1974 .
  • Indian Ocean Treasure, with Mike Wilson. New York, Harper, 1964 ; London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1972 .
  • Man and Space, with the editors of Life. New York, Time, 1964 .
  • Voices from the Sky: Previews of the Coming Space Age. New York, Harper, 1965 ; London, Gollancz, 1966 .
  • The Promise of Space. New York, Harper, and London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1968 .
  • First on the Moon, with the astronauts. London, Joseph, and Boston, Little Brown, 1970 .
  • Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations. London, Gollancz, and New York, Harper, 1972 .
  • The Lost Worlds of 2001. New York, New American Library, and London, Sidgwick and Jackson, 1972 .
  • Beyond Jupiter: The Worlds of Tomorrow, with Chesley Bonestell. Boston, Little Brown, 1972 .
  • Technology and the Frontiers of Knowledge (lectures), with others. New York, Doubleday, 1975 .
  • The View from Serendip (on Sri Lanka). New York, Random House, 1977 ; London, Gollancz, 1978 .
  • 1984: Spring: A Choice of Futures. New York, Ballantine, and London, Granada, 1984 .
  • Ascent to Orbit: A Scientific Autobiography: The Technical Writings of Arthur C. Clarke. New York, and Chichester, Sussex, Wiley, 1984 .
  • The Odyssey File, with Peter Hyams. London, Granada, and New York, Ballantine, 1985 .
  • Astounding Days: A Science-Fictional Autobiography. London, Gollancz, 1989 ; New York, Bantam, 1990 .
  • How the World Was One: Beyond the Global Village. London, Gollancz, and New York, Bantam, 1992 .
  • By Space Possessed. London, Gollancz, 1993 .
  • The Snows of Olympus: A Garden on Mars. London, Gollancz, 1994 .
  • Editor, Time Probe: The Sciences in Science Fiction. New York, Delacorte Press, 1966 ; London, Gollancz, 1967 .
  • Editor, The Coming of the Space Age: Famous Accounts of Man's Probing of the Universe. London, Gollancz, and New York, Meredith, 1967 .
  • Editor, with George Proctor, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 3: Nebula Winners 1965-1969. New York, Avon, 1982 .
  • Editor, Arthur C. Clarke's July 20, 2019: A Day in the Life of the 21st Century. New York, Macmillan, 1986 ; London, Grafton, 1987 .
  • Editor, Project Solar Sail. New York, Roc, 1990 .

 

 

 


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