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Introduction

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The introduction first explains Clarke’s importance as a science fiction writer, and justifies a new book about Clarke by noting that existing studies do not examine his final works or draw upon ... More


Arthur C. Clarke

Gary Westfahl

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

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 ... More


The Solitary Observer

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that typical Clarke protagonists are not bland, but merely solitary and reticent men who primarily function as observers of events, not participants, as seen in Prelude to Space ... More


Conclusion

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The conclusion first notes evidence of continuing interest in Clarke’s science fiction and speculates that future readers may especially appreciate his work for two reasons. First, as space travel ... More


Biographical Sketch

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter provides an overview of Clarke’s life, primarily drawn from Neil McAleer’s biography and Clarke’s reminiscences. It first notes the emergence in his childhood of the passions that ... More


Human Destinies

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Unlike other science fiction writers, this chapter explains, Clarke rarely envisions humanity colonizing interstellar space and forging a galactic empire, anticipating limitations on human ... More


The Conquest of Space

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter describes how Clarke’s science fiction consistently advocates, and vividly depicts, humanity’s future achievements in space. Without providing a consistent “Future History,” his stories ... More


Jocular Juvenilia

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter argues that Clarke’s fiction falls into two categories: farcical pieces filled with adolescent humor--his juvenilia and later texts described as his “mature juvenilia”; and his ... More


Alien Encounters

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

While fascinated by aliens, this chapter explains, Clarke only occasionally depicts alien encounters, which are unlikely due to the universe’s size and age. Instead, science fiction stories involve ... More


The Best of British?

Mike Ashley

in Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970; The History Of Science-Fiction Magazine

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780853237693
eISBN:
9781781380840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853237693.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In 1950, issues of science fiction magazines outnumbered science fiction paperbacks in the United States. The opposite was true in Britain, as paper rationing during World War II meant an ... More


Future Faiths

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter first notes that the atheist Clarke often criticizes religion in his science fiction: religions are false and illogical, based on imaginary events; deities are ineffectual; and doctrines ... More


Conclusion

George Slusser

in Gregory Benford

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038228
eISBN:
9780252096037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This conclusion considers one particular aspect of Gregory Benford's science fiction, an open process of creation, which means not only his interest in collaborating with other writers, but in ... More


Things Fall Apart: Relativity, Distance and the Periphery

in Science Fiction and Empire

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310249
eISBN:
9781846314018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314018.005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the effect of practical science in the experimentations in the narrative. The present rationalization of our physical universe illustrates how improbable intergalactic travel ... More


Under the Sea

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter describes how Clarke’s fascination with the oceans predates his skin diving career, as early stories convey that humans are drawn to and inspired by the sea, which played a key role in ... More


The Ends of First Sf: Pioneers as Veterans

in Solar Flares: Science Fiction in the 1970s

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846318344
eISBN:
9781846317798
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846317798.002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The early science fiction genre centred on stories that combined adventure with scientific marvels. Ideas were often more important than characters or themes. This chapter focuses on the works of ... More


Straight, Gay, or Binary?: Hal Comes Out of the Cybernetic Closet

Mark Dery

in I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677733
eISBN:
9781452948324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677733.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter addresses the sexuality of HAL, the psychotic supercomputer in the sci-fi classic 2001. HAL is a brainchild of Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped create history’s first ... More


Marvelous Machines

Gary Westfahl

in Arthur C. Clarke

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041938
eISBN:
9780252050633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041938.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explains that although Clarke valued new technology, his stories regularly cast inventors and inventions in a negative light. Evidenced by the club stories in Tales from the White Hart ... More


Galactic Center Two: Nigel Walmsley’s Space Odyssey

George Slusser

in Gregory Benford

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252038228
eISBN:
9780252096037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252038228.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Nigel Walmsley's space odyssey in In the Ocean of Night and Across the Sea of Suns, which span the dates from 1999 to 2061. By the end of the first novel, Nigel has discovered a ... More


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