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Arthur C. Clarke: The Authorized Biography Hardcover – November 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809243245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809243242
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly enjoyable account of the life and times of one of the great science fiction writers." -- The Times, London, June 1992

"An anecdote-filled, compulsively readable story of Clarke's own voyage through the twentieth century and behond." -- Nature, Fall 1992

"Four Stars for a rollicking life that beats any fiction." -- Los Angeles Dailey News, October 1992

About the Author

Neil McAleer is the author of a number of books, including Earthlove, a science fiction novel, The Cosmic Mind-Boggling Book, The Body Almanac, and The Omni Space Almanac, which won the 1988 Robert S. Ball Award from the Aviation/Space Writers Association. He lives in Baltimore.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on May 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a long-time admirer of both Arthur C. Clarke the man and his fact and fiction, I've been looking for a good biography for quite a long time, and am glad to say I've finally found one. Neil McAleer has done an excellent job, and obviously put a lot of time into research and interviews. This book was compiled from several interviews with Clarke himself as well as with many of his friends, family members, editors, publishers, fellow writers, colleagues, and the like. One is greatful to get such a great glimpse into the lives of science fiction's most famous author, as well as one of the 20th century's most famous visionaries. Truly a remarkable man, Clarke has had an almost unbelievably productive, meaningful, and memorable life. Here we learn about his upbringing and exploits living on a farm in England in his childhood, and through his experiences in school and budding interest in science and science fiction. We then learn of Clarke's going on to join the Civil Service and eventually the Royal Airforce (where he helped with the radar "talk down" system), and through his college years. We are able to see the development of his writing years, and his active and vital role in the British Interplanetary Society. All of Clarke's major novels and several of his short stories are gone into in detail, and oftentimes we learn of his motivation for writing them, and also something of his writing method. One of the most important and revealing aspects of the book for Clarke fans are the long behind-the-scenes look we get at the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. We learn of the working relationship between Clarke and Kubrick, and also get a glimpse into the super hush-hush activities that took place on the set.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
THE biography of Arthur C. Clarke ! Finally ! it was well worth the wait
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This seems to me a good biography, if not absolutely complete. McAleer focuses mostly on Clarke's fiction and relevance to the scientific world. Clarke education, personal and family life have some detail, but are not fully illumined. Those interested in Clarke will probably find this to be a satisfactory, if not altogether complete view of Clarke's life and achievements.
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