Arthur Clarke Archive

Big Picture, Small Picture: Context for Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End

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Arthur Clarke’s Childhood’s End establishes the amateur astronomer as a major name in the last days of the golden age of science fiction. Clarke is “equally at home in the outer galaxies and the troubled psyche of modern man,” states a review in the New York Times.

Aliens in Science Fiction: What’s “Out There” Has Always Reflected What’s “In Here”

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While science fiction has long been obsessed with robots, the genre has an even longer relationship with aliens, who are often far scarier: where they came from, how they think, and what they want are questions to which there is no comforting answer, if there’s an answer at all.