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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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Arthur C. Clarke collection with two old stories where light kills?

In an answer to If visible light has more energy than microwaves, why isn't visible light dangerous? on Physics.SE, I wrote: I remember a story by Arthur C. Clarke in which a character criticized ...
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Reference to a 'haunted asteroid' in Rendezvous with Rama

In Rendezvous with Rama, Commander Bill Norton makes the following comment: “The Haunted Asteroid”: why had that phrase popped up from the depths of memory? Then he recalled a silly story he had ...
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Where are Diaspar and Lys?

In Arthur C. Clarke's Against the Fall of Night (and its rewrite The City and the Stars), we find a far-future Earth that is a desert wasteland punctuated by two surviving cities, Diaspar and Lys. Is ...
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What was Asimov's postcard short story?

In his note to his short story, Quarantine, Arthur C. Clarke alludes to the fact that Asimov wrote a short story that could fit on a post card. Never one to resist a challenge, the Good Doctor ...
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Did Arthur C Clarke portray any gay characters in his fiction?

Arthur C Clarke was gay. Did he portray any of his characters as gay (or otherwise LGBT)?
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Where does the start of 'Nine Billions Names of God' take place?

Dr Wagner is speaking to the lama about switching to computers to compile a list of the names of god. He then go on to say: Dr. Wagner was scarcely conscious of the faint sounds from the Manhattan ...
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Was death addressed in "Childhood's End'?

What happened to humans that died in Childhood's End, either before the arrival of the Overlords or after? Did death allow you to join the Overmind?
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Where on the Kardashev scale would the First ones from the space odyssey series be placed? [closed]

I was just wondering where people thought the first ones depicted as being the creators of the monoliths featured in such masterpieces as 2001 , 2010 ,2061 and 3001 by Arthur C Clarke would be placed ...
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Is the film mentioned in Arthur Clarke's “Expedition to Earth” (“History Lesson”) real?

I recently read Arthur Clarke's short story "History Lesson" a.k.a. "Expedition to Earth", in which "A Walt Disney Production" is mentioned. I would like to know two (related?) things: 1)Whether or ...
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A letter from the Dalai Lama to Arthur C. Clarke

In Arthur C. Clarke's Collected Stories, as a foreword to "The Nine Billion Names of God", the author notes: This story triggered a charming response from the highest possible authority - His ...
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Humans subjected to long term 10G acceleration in Rama [closed]

In Arthur Clarke's and Gentry Lee's Rama series, human beings are submerged in tanks of water and spend most of the day subjected to 10G acceleration for hours at a time. My question is - does water (...
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Nods to other sci-fi shows in “Childhood's End” miniseries

I was watching the first part of the Childhood's end miniseries today, and I caught a few nods to other sci-fi shows: Battlestar Galactica is shown playing on a TV at 00:02:29 minute mark, and a ...
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Was Arthur C. Clarke ribbing Isaac Asimov in Childhood's End?

A quote from the book: A society consists of human beings whose behavior as individuals is unpredictable. But if one takes enough of the basic units, then certain laws begin to appear – as was ...
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Where is Shastar?

Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Road to the Sea" features a city called Shastar, built in the far future, as humans are leaving Earth to travel to the stars. Thousands of years later, the ...
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Arthur C. Clarke story about a matrioshka brain

Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story about a huge matrioshka brain that sends out probes to the far reaches of the Universe to find out more information. I cannot recall the title, and was hoping ...
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What does the end of “Nine billion names of God” signify?

In the story The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke, why does it explain that If the obvious explanation is correct, then why is it science fiction? Isn't it a superstitious story? Or I ...
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Searching for a short story against entropy [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify a short story which I recall reading many years ago. A series (i think) progressing into the future, similar to Harry Harrisons "One step from earth" but details the progress ...
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Why was Jupiter destroyed in “2010: A Space Odyssey” if “A Meeting with Medusa” was a prequel to 2010?

In the introduction to "A Meeting with Medusa", it is mentioned that this is a prequel for "2010: A Space Odyssey". If so, why was the life on Jupiter not mentioned in 2010? Also, if there was ...
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Why the inconsistency between 2001 and 2010, the two odysseys of Clarke? [duplicate]

I started to read 2010 and I don't understand why some of the facts of 2001 are different from what the characters say in 2010. For example: The most obvious one, Discovery One travels to Saturn in ...
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Why is the helicopter in Rama (Arthur C. Clarke) subject to gravity?

In "Rendez-vous with Rama" by Arthur C. Clarke, an artificial gravity force is maintained in the O'Neil cylinder (thanks to its spin). However, according to my understanding of the centrifugal force, ...
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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 it?
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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 ...
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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 ... would all new children born also have been affected? It's said in the book that no new children were born, ...
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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, This may be an obvious question. I haven't read the two books written by Gentry Lee and only vaguely remember the original series. Please tell me the appropriate book in ...
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Space Shuttle related quote referring to a bird on the back of a giant bird

As I look at this amazing picture of the last flight related to the space shuttle taken by Ben Cooper, I am trying to recollect a line from some book (Science or Science fiction) that I read a long ...
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Story where everyone lives in a walled city run by machines; another part of the planet has “non technology” people [duplicate]

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 reads 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? [duplicate]

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 [closed]

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?