Science Fiction: Latter-Day Jules Verne

Across the U.S., a superior science-fiction movie called 2001: A Space Odyssey is playing to packed houses. An engrossing novel expanded from the movie's screenplay and a new nonfiction book called The Promise of Space are selling briskly in bookstores. Some 22,000 miles above the equator, communications satellites are relaying TV pictures and telephone calls between the continents. The movie, the books and the satellites all have something in common: they are the brainchildren of Arthur C. Clarke, a tall, springy and remarkably imaginative Englishman whose writing bridges the gap between...

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