Monday, October 11, 2004

The World of Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C Clarke is undoubtedly the czar of science fiction.
His creations have not only been milestones in literature
they have also inspired many seemingly impossible
breakthroughs in science fiction. The most candid example
being that of satellite communication. He had predicted use
of satellites and wireless technology for mass use long before
people thought of concieving it.

Few years back i had read a what u can call as a state of art
work of his.A novel called Rendezvous with Rama, the novel
which won three greatest awards in Science Fiction literature
in the same year.(Theres only one more person that i know with
such great achievements, Helen Hunt, she won Academy, Emmy
n Golden Globe in the same year !). The concept presented in the
novel believable, u start thinking this shall really happen one
day. Its human creativity n imagination taken to its zenith.

The story has been continued in 3 sequels...phew...but am gonna
read all those some day. One things for sure, making a movie on it
is next to impossible considering the restraints of time n more
importantly the understanding of mediocre audience. May be someday
when the mass mentality changes somebody will make a movie on !!!

"Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which
the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred
billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
Now this is an interesting
number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred
billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has
ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star.
(from Clarke's foreword in
2001, A Space Odyssey, 1968)

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