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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke Books

I paused yesterday, reading the news that Arthur C. Clarke had died. His science fiction books are phenomenal. Here are a couple of favorites from my bookshelf, Childhood's End and Rendezvous with Rama:

books by Arthur C. Clarke

There will undoubtedly be renewed interest in his science fiction books with his passing. I suggest reading his short stories, The Sentinel and The Nine Billion Names of God to get an idea of his writing acumen. A bright star has, indeed, gone out.

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3 Comments:

Blogger thomas said...

Yes. I loved his books myself, and I will certainly miss his creative mind. Both books you feature are favorites of mine as well. As contextual look at how mankind might react to meeting intelligent life when it comes knocking.

Of course then - it's all about - why do they bother with us? In the first book - oh - they have a very specific reason. In the second book - it's all happenstance.

Clarke's brilliant word descriptions capture a mental kaleidescope of "galactic" proportions (if you pardon my pun).

There are so few who can do that with such eloquence: Del Ray, Niven, Asimov. Only Niven is still with us now.

Nice opportunity to comment: thanks.

Tom

Sat Mar 22, 09:49:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Richard said...

Thank you for the comment, Tom. I have been impressed by the number of bloggers I read on a frequent basis who wrote a post about Sir Clarke. Clearly, his writing has impacted many.

Regarding those other authors you mention, I agree. My bookshelf includes some of the Foundation and Ringworld series.

Also, I remember being totally confused watching the 2001: A Space Odyssey movie but engrossed reading the novel.

Sat Mar 22, 08:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous EC said...

Hey-
Didn't know you read Arthur C. Clarke. I remember when Asimov died~ it feels like you 'know' the person, from reading their stories, it's very sad...

Mon Mar 24, 03:03:00 PM EDT  

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