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Arthur C. Clarke - Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Synopsis

The definitive work of Arthur C. Clarke’s brilliant career - a pageant of dozens of futuristic pieces that anticipated many of this century’s greatest scientific and technological advances.

The most visionary and versatile thinker of this century here gathers together in a single volume his most significant and prophetic non-fiction writings to present a personal view of the twentieth century.

From predicting the role of geosynchronous satellites decades before they existed to his groundbreaking reporting from Kennedy Space Center in the 60's, to anticipating the internet decades before it happened, Clarke has acted both as technological prophet and cultural conscience, celebrating the great scientific powers of man - but simultaneously warning of the perils of a world where power and greed reign unchecked.

Each with a new introduction, the essays show how science has expanded exponentially on its own inventions. Sir Arthur’s bona fide scientific understanding is combined with a generosity of spirit, the interests of a new renaissance man, a sublime lack of false modesty and a great flair for the dramatic. This is unarguably the crowning achievement of an unrivalled personal odyssey.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Thick Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • First Published : 1999 (This Edition 2000 -Voyager)
  • ISBN : 9780006483694
  • SKU : B000027
  • PPC : SP500gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

"Loved the format of brief essays. Very readable and enlightening."

"The wonderfully titled "Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds!" is a collection taken from Sir Arthur C Clarke's non-fiction writing from over half a century's prolific output. It might seem a rather daunting book at first sight: 110 separate pieces of writing, well over 500 pages, but in fact it's an excellent read, either from beginning to end or simply dipping in at whim. There are, as might be expected, popular science articles, pieces about space exploration and, of course, science fiction; there are also numerous sideswipes at uninformed UFO believers, spoonbenders, assorted New Agers and Creationists; and there are several fascinating and informative articles on Clarke's great loves, underwater exploration and Ceylon/Sri Lanka." - Amazon Reviews.

The Author

Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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