Sir Arthur C. Clarke, (1917- 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, most famous for the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, written in collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, a collaboration which led also to the film of the same name; and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World.
Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941-1946, proposed satellite communication systems in 1945, which won him the Franklin Institute Stuart Ballantine Gold Medal in 1963 and a nomination in 1994 for a Nobel Prize, and 1999 for literature , and became the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947-1950 and again in 1953. Later, he helped fight for the preservation of lowland gorillas. He won the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science in 1961.
Clarke was knighted in 1998. He immigrated to Sri Lanka in 1956 largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving, and lived there until his death.
1. Childhood's End (2 parts)
A Science Fiction novel, dealing with the role of Mind in the cosmos, and the plausible implications of that role for the evolution of the human race. It was originally published in 1953.
The humans' arms race is brought to a halt by the sudden appearance of mysterious spaceships above all the Earth's great cities. After a week of silence and resultant increasing tension, the aliens, who become known as the Overlords, announce by world-wide broadcast that they have benign intentions and desire to help humanity, but that they will henceforth assume the minimum amount of control which will achieve their aims. As the enforcers of peace, they bring salvation and life, and yet also the death of some dreams, as humanity is no longer completely independent, nor may it pursue certain scientific explorations, such as space.
2. The Stroke of the Sun (14th story from short sci fi collection # 37)
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"The Forgotten Enemy" was published in 1949. This story details the life of a survivor of global cooling living in London, which due to climate change has turned into a lifeless frozen city. The short story details some events twenty years after London (and the whole of Britain) was evacuated due to climate change causing the climate of Britain to change from temperate to Arctic-like. The cause of this catastrophic climate change is called "The Dust" - an astronomic cloud the Sun System is moving through, that blocks out much of the Sun rays. The main character of the short story is one of the last remaining humans in Britain, Professor Millward, who lives in an unnamed university in London, guarding what he sees as mankind's greatest treasures: books.
Kali is the asteroid that will hit earth. Captain Robert Singh is commanding Goliath, the spaceship that will be fitted to Kali to deflect it from earth impact course.
1. Beyond Eden - A sad tale of man's interference under the guise of exploration.
2. The Star - A cleric on a deep space survey has his faith in God sorely tested
3. A Walk in the Dark - An engineer on a remote colony planet meets a
4. Summertime On Icarus - An astronaut crashed onto the night side of an
asteroid in a tight orbet of the sun. He must avoid the rise of the sun.
5. The Sentinel - The story that is the basis on 2001: A Space Odyssey
6. Sci-Fi Radio 13 - Wall of Darkness by Arthur C. Clarke (play)
Rendezvous with Rama is a novel published in 1972. Set in the 22nd century, the story involves a fifty-kilometer-long cylindrical alien starship that enters Earth's solar system. The story is told from the point of view of a group of human explorers, who intercept the ship in an attempt to unlock its mysteries. The "Rama" of the title is an alien star ship, initially mistaken for an asteroid and named after the king Rama who is considered to be the seventh avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu (Clarke mentions that by the 22nd century, scientists have used the names of all the Greek and Roman mythological figures to name astronomical bodies, and have thus moved on to Hindu mythology).
This novel won both the Hugo and Nebula awards upon its release, and is widely regarded as one of the cornerstones in Clarke's bibliography. It is considered a science fiction classic, and is particularly seen as a key hard science fiction text.
2. The Time Traveler Show — Arthur C. Clarke Tribute - Special Arthur C. Clarke tribute show. The centerpiece is the short story "The Hammer of God" by Clarke. It’s read by Golden Voice awarded narrator Scott Brick with Gabrielle de Cuir. Plus Arthur C. Clarke speech at the 1965 Hugo ceremony. Also commentary by Vernor Vinge, Scott Brick and Stefan Rudnicki.
3. The Transit Of Earth - Once every 100 years, earth, sun, & mars align. Such an event happened on 2 May, 1984, day of the story. A team of 15 was sent to mars to synchronize with the event. Spacecraft Olympus landed on Phobos, a moon of mars. A team of 5 went to martian surface in lander Pegasus. An accident on mars has rendered the lander useless - the only one with the mission. The 5 men that came with it are doomed to die when their oxygen runs out - soon. No hope of rescue. Part way through the story, Olympus will blast off for earth from Phobos with its 10 men. Of the 5 stranded men, 4 have died. Last one, the narrator, still has a day to live - others apparently died a bit early so one man can record the rare earth transit.
From NPR Sci Fi Radio:
13 - Wall of Darkness - Arthur C. Clarke