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Arthur C. Clarke was a British author, primarily of hard science-fiction. His best-known works include 2001, a Space Odyssey and Rendezvous with Rama.

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Is Arthur C. Clarke promoting creationism in Rama Revealed?

This seems very strange to me, because Clarke was an atheist, and forbade any religious ritual at his burial, even. Did he ever explain this inconsistency? Or, does anyone have an explanation for ...
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How does the scientists version of the Lords Prayer (Our Father) go?

I read this a long time ago, and it was in a book written many years before. But there was a version of the Lords Prayer adapted for Scientists. Now, the normal Lords Prayer goes something like this: ...
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What is the geometry of the universe in “The Wall of Darkness” by Arthur C Clarke?

The Wall of Darkness by Arthur C. Clarke (1949) is a piece of Math fiction, usually quoted in semi-academic circles as illustrating the geometry of the Moebius band. It deals with a universe with a ...
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What's in the crater on Europa in “2010: The Year We Make Contact”?

In the film, the Russian's send an unmanned probe into a crater on Europa, but before we get to see what's in it, the probe is blasted off into space, probably by whatever is in the crater, but what ...
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What did the “Big Three” think of each other's work?

Do we know what the Big Three (Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein) thought of each other's writing? Did they have any favorite works of each other?
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Arthur C. Clarke short story confusion “The Awakening”, “Nemesis”, “Exile of the eons”

I have been reading a lot of Arthur C. Clarke short stories recently. I read one called "Nemesis" in "The collected short stories of Arthur C. Clarke" which says that it was also published as "Exile ...
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Isaac Asimov references Clarke's Third Law?

I read Foundation (by Isaac Asimov) a while ago, just after I finished the Prelude to Foundation (of the same author). Today I have come about the notion that he, in either of the books, made a ...
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Arthur C. Clarke on science fiction fans

I once read somewhere that on a science fiction convention Arthur C. Clarke made a comment that science fiction fans are more intelligent than the average person. Is it true that he said that or is it ...
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Childbirth after the event in Childhood's End

In Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, after the event where the children of Earth It's said in the book that no new children were born, because nobody saw the point of procreating any more. I ...
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Arthur C. Clarke's Bibliography

Having read a few stories (reading Rendezvous with Rama currently) I have (of course) become a huge fan of Sir Arthur. So I have decided to systematically go through all of his scifi works. First ...
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Did Stephen Baxter or Arthur C. Clarke's estate ever comment on continuing “A Time Odyssey”?

2007 book "Firstborn", the third and last book of "A Time Odyssey" trilogy by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke - an "orthoquel" to "2001: A Space Odyssey" - ends with a cliffhanger which obviously ...
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Looking for an Arthur C Clarke novel in which the Prologue involves a planet with sea creatures?

That are segregated by a land ridge. The females live on one side, the males on the other. During mating season, the males jump the ridge. There is a land species that for some reason wants to prevent ...
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Why do the Ramans do things in threes?

At the end of the first book And on far-off Earth, Dr. Carlisle Perera had as yet told no one how he had wakened from a restless sleep with the message from his subconscious still echoing in his ...
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Help Identifying a story where everyone lives in a city run by machines

I'm looking for help identifying a story where everyone lives in a city run by machines. The main character has a helper robot who won't/can't do something or give him some information. He goes deep ...
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Would Diaspar survive if Earth was destroyed?

In the prologue in The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke, it says Since the city was built, the oceans of Earth had passed away and the desert had encompassed all the globe. The last ...
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What questions does “2001 a space odyssey” the book answer?

I love the film but still haven't read the book. They say it answers all the questions we ask while watching the film (and can't be answered without reading the book).
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Why do the Rama aliens want to gather intelligent life forms?

I've read the original Rendezvous with Rama but I never got around to reading any of the sequels. So I never got the straight story on how the whole series ends. From what I gather from the ...
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In the Time Odyssey series, is there going to be a sequel to Firstborn?

Wikipedia says that an edition of Firstborn calls it the conclusion. After reading Firstborn, I was looking forward to the next book, where I hoped we'd see But I see that Arthur C. Clarke died ...
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Who *really* wrote the Rama sequels?

The Rama sequels, starting with Rama II and on, are co-authored by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. I'm wondering if there are any sources (e.g., interviews) discussing Clarke's impact or ...
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Are any of the questions in Rendezvous with Rama answered in the sequels

Whilst not asking for spoilers, are the Rama sequels worth reading for answers to the questions posed in the original? In particular is the nature and purpose of the unseen aliens explained?
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How likely that Frank Poole could be revived after 1000 years in space

How likely is it both scientifically and medically that Frank Poole could have been found in space and revived as in 3001: The Final Odyssey, 1000 years after Hal jettisoned his body from the ...
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Why is the destination of the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey Saturn in the book and Jupiter in the movie?

So, in the book in 2001, it says the monolith is around Saturn, and in the movie, it says it's around Jupiter. Also, in 2010, they both agree that it's around Jupiter. Why is that?
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Did Arthur C. Clarke really invent the idea of the satellite?

I heard that Arthur C. Clarke was the inventor of the idea of the satellites. If that's true, can you please tell me in where or in what work he presents the idea of satellite?