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Arthur C. Clarke

Gary Westfahl

Abstract

Despite extensive critical attention, Arthur C. Clarke’s distinctive science fiction has never been fully or properly understood. This study examines some of his lighthearted shorter works for the first time and explores how Clarke’s views regularly diverge from those of other science fiction writers. Clarke thought new inventions would likely bring more problems than benefits and suspected that human space travel would never extend beyond the solar system. He accepted that humanity would probably become extinct in the future or be transformed by evolution into unimaginable new forms. He antic ... More

Keywords: Clarke, Arthur C., science fiction, inventions, space travel, future, aliens, evolution, oceans, religion, solitude

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041938
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Westfahl, author