Profiles Of The Future

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Orion, Mar 29, 2013 - Fiction - 256 pages

An inquiry into the limits of the possible.

Our problems on Jupiter, Mercury, Venus - conquering Time - transport in the future - overcoming gravity - communications across space - benevolent electronic brains.

The range of this enthralling book is immense: from the re-making of the human mind to the vast reaches of the universe. Newly revised, even the remarkable events of the last decade have affected few of the exciting speculations by Arthur C. Clarke - a scientist whose expert and wide knowledge is matched only by his brilliant imagination.

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Arthur Clarke is the high lama of science fiction and non-fiction; as an astrophysicist he wrote The Exploration of Space; with a Wellsian imagination he concocted Childhood's End. The articles ... Read full review

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Profiles of the Future is a sort of hybrid science fiction and science book in which Arthur C. Clarke speculates upon possible future advances in technology. Originally published in 1962, this edition ... Read full review

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Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was born in Minehead, Somerset in 1917. He studied at King's College, London, receiving a BSc in physics and mathematics. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force and was part of the team that developed the early warning radar defence system, an experience recounted in his 1963 novel Glide Path. A paper published in the October 1945 edition of Wireless World on the subject of geostationary satellites is widely recognised as having 'invented' the telecommunications satellite system. Clarke began publishing SF in 1946 with 'Loophole' in Astounding Science Fiction magazine, and soon established himself as one of the major science fiction voices of the 20th century. He won the first of three Hugo Awards for short story 'The Star' in 1956, and his 1973 novel Rendezvous With Rama won the Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. He is, though, best known as the writer and co-creator with Stanley Kubrick of the groundbreaking SF film 2001: A Space Odyssey. A year after the release of that film, Clarke found himself beside US broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite, commentating on the historic Apollo 11 mission to place a man on the moon. Awarded the SFWA Grand Master Award in 1985 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, Arthur C. Clarke was a giant of modern SF and one of the premier thinkers of our time. He died at his home in Sri Lanka in March 2008.

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