Title: VISIONARY THE ODYSSEY OF SIR ARTHUR C. ...
Publisher: The Clarke Project
Publication Date: 2012
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
VISIONARY THE ODYSSEY OF SIR ARTHUR C. CLARKE, The Clarke Project, 2012, first edition as new without dust-wrapper as issued. Illustrated with photos. Of 500 copies printed, this is 1/250 SIGNED copies by McAleer bound in cloth. In a fashion, the sequel to the biographers 1992 work, ARTHUR C. CLARKE -THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY. From Mark Stewart of the British Interplanetary Society, comes this review "At last! Neil McAleerÕs long anticipated revised, updated and extended biography of Arthur Clarke has arrived. Was it worth the wait? The answer is an emphatic Yes! In fact so much work has gone into this book that it is in effect a completely new edition. As Neil points out in the opening to his book, ArthurÕs life lasted longer than it takes HalleyÕs Comet to orbit the Sun. That life encompassed some of the most memorable events of the twentieth century. It was an existence which touched, and continues to touch, so many others. It is impossible to tell ArthurÕs story without telling the history of both spaceflight and science fiction; the two are closely interwoven and McAleer does an excellent job in demonstrating how ArthurÕs ideas led the way in both fields. To read about Arthur Clarke is to read about the Apollo Moon landings (Arthur was part of the famous anchor team that covered the landings in the States and which included his great friends Walter Cronkite and Robert Heinlein Ð in fact some Americans mistook ClarkeÕs West Country burr for an American accent when he appeared in these now famous transmissions); SETI; the development and impact of the communications satellite; the triumphs of fellow science fiction legends such as Gene Roddenberry and Isaac Asimov; that famous collaboration concerning a certain mysterious sentinel Ð with Stanley Kubrick, who is as sadly and profoundly missed as Clarke himself; and, of course, the early history of the BIS itself. "Arthur lived to see the devastation wrought on his adopted homeland by the 2004 Christmas tsunami and this is movingly covered in one of the later chapters, as is ArthurÕs famous optimism which lasts quite literally to his final breath. It is that optimism which runs through all of ClarkeÕs stories, a determinedly positive outlook which saw a bright future for mankind in space, a bright future which petered out Ð in reality as least Ð with the end of the Apollo programme. This trait Ð a passionate wish to avoid the self-fulfilling prophecies of doom so beloved by other science fiction writers in novels of Armageddon and dystopia Ð was perhaps ArthurÕs most defining characteristic, one which Cronkite touchingly reflects upon in the wistful tribute at the beginning of the book. "NeilÕs choice of memorable quotes includes Edward Young: ÒToo low they build, who build beneath the stars.Ó ArthurÕs stories transcended the stars (you only have to think of the way he fashioned and embellished such wonderful creations as the space elevator and the Star Gate to see how transcendent his ideas truly were) and his official biographer chronicles the big Clarke novels well. The biography now includes the final, grand solo efforts Ð the pure Clarke Ð which amounted to the final signing-off on ArthurÕs legacy (The Hammer of God and the mighty 3001: The Final Odyssey)." From a review by Mark Stewart, which appeared in the ODYSSEY, a monthly publication of the British Interplanetary Society, December 31, 2011.". Bookseller Inventory # 02441
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