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posted 12-16-2017 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gilbert   Click Here to Email Gilbert     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Happy 100th birthday to the late Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

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posted 12-16-2017 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Science Magazine:
Arthur C. Clarke is best remembered as Stanley Kubrick's partner in the creation of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a cinematic landmark in visual and technocultural storytelling. However, his most enduring legacy lives in his six-decade career as a science fiction and popular science writer. The centenary of his birth on 16 December is a good time to reflect on this great writer and his impact on modern culture...

"The Exploration of Space" is not the first English-language work of its kind: David Lasser's "The Conquest of Space" (1931) holds that honor. Clarke's book, however, is arguably a more mature expression of Lasser's early space-flight dreams. It sits at the end of two additional decades of research, speculation, and advocacy by the international community of rocket pioneers and interplanetary enthusiasts Clarke considered his core audience. His active participation in that movement as a member of the British Interplanetary Society gives "The Exploration of Space" the discursive authority and technical depth necessary for a project seeking a wider public.

Clarke's aim in this book is to both inform and inspire, to teach the science and technology of space travel and its utility in reaching other worlds. The result is a classic of romantic science writing, the nonfiction genre that made outer-space culture a part of everyday life in the 1950s and 1960s.


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posted 12-16-2017 09:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DG27     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, Happy Birthday to Sir Clarke. His legacy has influenced everyone as he was the inventor of the geosynchronous communication satellite, whose orbit is also refered to as a Clarke Orbit.

I had the priveledge of meeting him years ago at the 1992 celebration of his birthday in Minehead, UK. There is a certain feeling you get when you are in the presence of a genius. A brilliant man.


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posted 12-19-2017 07:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jonnyed   Click Here to Email Jonnyed     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did Clarke ever get to visit the Cape or any of the other NASA facilities? it would be interesting to know his reaction...


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posted 01-06-2018 01:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can't remember where I read it but I think he watched Apollo 8 launch from the Cape. He was a panellist on CBS's Apollo 11 coverage but I think he was based in New York for that mission?

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