November 1, 2001
Arthur C. Clarke, author of "2001: A Space Odyssey" and numerous other science-fiction hallmarks, rarely does interviews. But he owed us. On Feb. 3, 1946, The Times ran the first newspaper story about his proposal for communications satellites to bounce radio and TV signals around the world.
February 4, 2001 |
If greatness in science fiction is to be measured by a writer's impact on the culture at large, H.G. Wells was surely the greatest of the 20th century. Just as surely, the greatest during the half of the century Wells wasn't around for, when the genre was at its height, has been Arthur C. Clarke, who has just published a compilation of his stories, nearly 1,000 densely packed pages in length.
December 29, 2000 |
Leaning forward in his wheelchair, the 83-year-old man speaks deadpan into the tape recorder: "Testing one, two, three. Testing. This is not Arthur Clarke, this is his clone." As is so often the case with the grand old man of science fiction, it's a fantasy that might well be a reality in the years to come. A Houston-based company called Encounter 2001 has six strands from his thin gray hair and wants to launch Clarke DNA into space.
March 1, 2000 |
Book clubs and discussion groups are going to feast on "The Light of Other Days." Though it is only middlingly successful as a novel, it's extraordinarily rich in ideas, for which Arthur C. Clarke ("2001: A Space Odyssey," "Rendezvous With Rama") and Stephen Baxter ("The Time Ships") construct plausible scientific underpinnings. For example: What if human beings lost all their privacy forever?
May 4, 1998 |
It wasn't as bad as Bill Gates' computer crashing during a recent trade show demo of Windows 98, but it was close. Science fiction guru Arthur C. Clarke was scheduled to join in a panel discussion about "2001: A Space Odyssey," the landmark science fiction movie based on his writings. Clarke was to link up to the Beverly Hills event from his home in Sri Lanka via the Internet.
January 29, 1996 |
His prodigiously creative mind has transported tens of millions of his fellow earthlings on journeys to other galaxies, suns and planets. But at this particular juncture on the time-space continuum, Arthur C. Clarke has his attention focused on a different kind of orb: a Ping-Pong ball. "This . . .