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Memories of Arthur Clarke

Link here. Written by science fiction writer Michael Moorcock, the article takes a personal look at Clarke’s life as seen by one of his friends and colleagues.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.

2 comments

  • m d mill

    Arthur Clarke could turn science into poetry as no one else.

  • Mitch S

    Clarke is surely one of my favorite writers but his personal life will leave a cloud.
    I’ve read that Clarke was gently asked to leave England if he wanted to continue his sexual pursuits.
    Apparently Clarke said that once children reached puberty they could decide to have sex with no psychological consequences.
    Sri Lanka is a different society than England or the US and it is also quite poor.
    While officially Sri Lanka doesn’t seem to have a problem with Clarke’s actions, I don’t know how the boys see it.

    If I lived in Hollywood I’d have no conflict. They can celebrate someone who violently raped a 13 year old (Roman Polanski) because of his “art” (and because he’s politically “correct”).

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