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Non-Fiction

1950 Interplanetary Flight

An advanced reference on rockets, orbital mechanics, and space technology. The final chapter addresses the question of why space travel is a profoundly important human goal.

Category: Non-Fiction

1951 The Exploration Of Space

Clarke was a technical officer in the wartime RAF specialising in blind landing systems. Incidentally to this, he published 'articles on electronics and radar as well as his first science fiction stories'. This book is a good discussion of the practical possibilites of space exploration, its difficulties and likely solutions. Rather than a reasonably accurate prediction of what actually happened in the 1960's and '70's (which the book contains), this should be seen as an interesting account of planning and development by a well-informed contemporary.

Category: Non-Fiction

1954 The Exploration Of The Moon

An analysis on the future of space travel. The book includes 8 colour and 37 black and white illustrations.

Category: Non-Fiction

1954 The Young Traveller In Space

Traces the history of rocket development, satellite launching, manned space flight, and landings on the moon with a discussion of the aims and purposes of space exploration.

Category: Non-Fiction

1956 The Coast Of Coral

World-famous science and science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke and photographer Mike Wilson spent two adventurous years exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the mightiest coral formation in the world. Presented here are 'the adventures and mishaps, successes and failures' of that underwater expedition, as recorded by Clarke himself. Illustrated with rare underwater photographs, here is a unique look into a region of mystery, of boundless beauty and danger -- one of the most intriguing frontiers on our planet.

Category: Non-Fiction

1957 The Making Of A Moon: The Story Of The Earth Satellite Program

Lively discussion of the early space satellite program. Clarke based this book on interviews with the workers of the Vanguard Project.

Category: Non-Fiction

1958 Boy Beneath The Sea

The marvelous world beneath the sea is not reserved for adults. Mike Wilson, the noted photographer, has taken forty-nine magnificent photographs of young divers and the phenoena they see in the waters around Ceylon. There are pictures of various types of coral and fish. There is a section devoted to the boys' exploration of a sunken ship, and another on underwater archeology, showing the boys examining an ancient temple now swallowed by the sea. Watch David and Kevin as they dive. Also see Rodney Jonklaas, famous Ceylonese underwater hunter and biologist as he catches fish.

Category: Non-Fiction

1958 The Challenge Of The Spaceship: Previews Of Tomorrow's World

This book focuses on the challenges that the spaceship is faced with overcoming - such as exploring the solar system, reaching the stars, etc. - and, most specifically, the cultural, artistic, philosophical, and even theological ramifications of attempting and meeting such challenges.

Category: Non-Fiction

1958 Voice Across The Sea

A complete, though non-technical, account of the laying of the first transatlantic telephone cable across the ocean. 228 pages with 32 black and white photographs.

Category: Non-Fiction

1960 The Challenge Of The Sea

A study in deep sea exploration and the possibilities of future developments and explorations of the sea, written by an experienced underwater diver and salvager. The Chapters are: The World of Water; The Shape of the Sea; Men Among Fish; Ships of Tomorrow; Voices from the Deep; The Floating Prairie; The Harvest of the Sea; The Last Roundup; Wealth from the Waves; Monsters of the Night; The Book of the Past; The Submarine Playground.

Category: Non-Fiction

1960 The First Five Fathoms

In splendid pictures and text the authors show how young skin divers may become masters of the first five fathoms, the most fascinating and beautiful part of the sea. They direct the reader's first steps to the sea, and explain the use of snorkel, mask, and fins. The book also contains the plain truths about what happens to your body underwater, basic facts about diving equipment, and also the roles of etiquette to follow in a world much different from our own. (Intro by Jacques-Yves Cousteau)

Category: Non-Fiction

1961 Indian Ocean Adventure

Category: Non-Fiction

1962 Profiles Of The Future: An Inquiry Into The Limits Of The Possible

In this book Arthur C. Clarke considers the future development of human technology, focusing on the ultimate limits of what is possible rather than on what the near future is likely to bring. Originally published in 1962, Clarke has added comments where developments have substantially modified his earlier views. He addresses a wide range of questions: transport, colonising space, novel sources of energy, artificial intelligence, a universal machine that can produce any specified artefact, as well as more fanciful possibilities such as time-travel, teleportation, and invisibility.

Category: Non-Fiction

1964 Indian Ocean Treasure

(with Mike Wilson) Describes the activities of a group of divers who found a sunken ship off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Category: Non-Fiction

1964 The Treasure Of The Great Reef

Category: Non-Fiction

1967 Man And Space: Life Science Library

This book reviews the history of Man's interest in space and analyzes the technological developments that have enabled him to explore this new frontier. The book also looks at the future - not only describing travel to the moon and beyond, but also reporting changes that may occur on Earth as a consequence of experiments in space.

Category: Non-Fiction

1967 The Coming Of The Space Age

This is the first space primer for the general reader. Clarke takes the date of October 4th,1957 - the date Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit - as the starting point of his anthology. Many areas are tackled including three autobiographies.

Category: Non-Fiction

1968 2001: Filming The Future

Using stills from 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as the production sets, outtakes, and rare production artwork, this book contains many details about how Kubrick developed and directed this groundbreaking film. (with Piers Bizony)

Category: Non-Fiction

1970 First On The Moon

A chronicle of the journey of Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., in Apollo 11 and the historic landing on the moon.

Category: Non-Fiction

1972 The Lost Worlds Of 2001

The ultimate trip began with a story called 'The Sentinel' by Arthur C. Clarke. It took flight when Stanley Kubrick asked Clarke to write a novel of space exploration upon which the acclaimed director would base a movie. The result was one of the most extraordinary films of all time - '2001: A Space Odyssey.' Now, journey along through the original story, and different versions as they evolved in the interplay between Kubrick and Clarke.

Category: Non-Fiction

1972 Beyond Jupiter

Beyond Jupiter contains the truly extraordinary illustrations of Chesley Bonestell, an artist internationally known for his ability to paint astronomical subjects with such perfection that his work is sometimes mistaken for photographs - even by astronomers. Bronestell has furnished twenty-six paintings, of which fifteen are reproduced in full color. In addition there are six diagrams and eleven photographs. The paintings are at once beautiful and uncannily accurate in the manner in which they visualize the planets of our solar system both as we know them today, and as they could be revealed by a future probe. (with Chesley Bonestell)

Category: Non-Fiction

1975 2001 And Beyond

Category: Non-Fiction

1981 Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World

An investigation of the supra-scientific world, strange & unexplained phenomena from around the world. Written under Clarke's direction. (with John Fairley and Simon Welfare)

Category: Non-Fiction

1981 Arthur C. Clarke's World Of Strange Powers

On every page of this book there are stories to challenge credulity and imagination. Tales of ghosts and poltergeists, of dowsers who can find oilwells with a pendulum or a twig, men who can walk on fire, women who bleed with the wounds of Christ, mediums who claim to conjure up the spirits of the dead, visions of the future tragically fulfilled, and children who say they have lived before. The fascination of the supernatural is easy to explain, the truth is more difficult to find. John Fairley and Simon Welfare have pursued the quest in authoritative yet entertaining style, gathering eyewitness accounts throughout the world, and consulting the scientists, doctors and psychiatrists who have investigated some of the strangest stories ever told. Arthur C. Clarke, scientist, best-selling author and connoisseur of the curious, contributes his own analysis of a subject which has fascinated him for half a century. His opinions are thoughtful yet provocative, and his wise and witty reactions to the validity of many of the claims for the paranormal are certain to prove both enlightening and controversial. 'At a generous assessment,' he says, 'approximately half this book is nonsense. Unfortunately, I don't know which half..'(with John Fairley and Simon Welfare)

Category: Non-Fiction

1984 The Odyssey File

The making of the film '2010: Odyssey Two' (with Peter Hyams).

Category: Non-Fiction

1985 Frontline Of Discovery: Science On The Brink Of Tomorrow

Category: Non-Fiction

1986 Arthur C. Clarke's July 20, 2019: Life In The 21st Century

Futurists will welcome this book by the science fiction community's prolific dean whose 1963 classic Profiles of the Future defined possible futures, some of which already have come true. Clarke rejects any label as prophet; as per Profiles ' subtitle, he deals with 'limits of the possible.' In July 20, 2019 , he views a day in the life of the 21st century. The oversize, illustrated book forecasts how people are born, live, and die. We ride orbiting space stations, watch 60-year-old, 8-foot athletes, see that people have been replaced with computers and robots, view most aspects of life, schools, transportation, medicine, work, movies. These are astonishing but realistic perceptions by a master of the craft who as always writes with skill, wit, clarity, and remarkable intelligence.

Category: Non-Fiction

1987 Arthur C. Clarke's Chronicles Of The Strange And Mysterious

Arthur Clarke's collection of strange cases of beasts, monsters, mermaids, fairies, the supernatural and ancient mysteries. (with John Fairley)

Category: Non-Fiction

1988 Astounding Days: A Science Fictional Autobiography

Scientist and grand master of the genre (2001: A Space Odyssey) Clarke has given us a memoir of his youth. It centers on three editors, Harry Bates, F. Orlin Tremaine, and John W. Campbell, who created the magazine now known as Analog (until 1960 it was called Astounding Science Fiction). Clarke gives his reaction to the writers and illustrators who first aroused his interest in science fiction. The scientific ferment of the 1930s and the 1940s is related to the ideas of the period and to the author's work in rocketry and radar. A sweeping view of popular science and popular fiction.

Category: Non-Fiction

1988 The Worlds Of Galileo: The Inside Story Of NASA's Mission To Jupiter

Chronicles the development and execution of the the Galileo Mission to Jupiter. (with Michael Hanlon)

Category: Non-Fiction

1992 An Encyclopedia Of Claims, Frauds, And Hoaxes Of The Occult And Supernatural: James Randi's Decidedly Skeptical Definitions Of Alternate Realities

This alphabetically arranged work is not a reference item but a compendium of names and subjects in the paranormal area. As in previous works, Randi, a stage magician, debunks with gusto everything he considers irrational. While his scholarship is superficial, his breadth of coverage may impress some readers. Those conversant with the field will note many discrepancies and omissions. Appendixes cover the Curse of King Tut's Tomb and some prognostications of the end of the world. Libraries may want this book to balance the popular 'Mystic Wonders' items. (with James Randi)

Category: Non-Fiction

1994 The Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Category: Non-Fiction

1994 The Snows Of Olympus: A Garden On Mars

Arthur C. Clarke's unique Vision, accompanied by stunning computer generated images, shows how the planet Mars could be made habitable for humanity through terraforming.

Category: Non-Fiction

1994 Arthur C. Clarke's A-Z Of Mysteries: From Atlantis To Zombies

This is the latest in the series which began with 'Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World'. It examines mysteries from A-Z, such as the Turin shroud and Atlantis, and offers various theories in a quest to explain such phenomena.

Category: Non-Fiction

1994 The Colours Of Infinity

Benoit Mandelbrot discovered what is now called the M-Set in the early seventies and coined the term ‘fractal’ to describe the geometry behind it. The power and the beauty of fractals were only capable of being seen with the advent of computers, which become psychedelic windows on the infinite when using simple fractal equations. In 1992 Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon made the TV documentary, The Colors of Infinity about the Mandelbrot Set and fractals, which has since been seen right round the world. Nigel’s enthusiasm brought together a dream team of contributors for the film who all now contribute to the book tracking how fractals have developed since the film was made. Sir Arthur C Clarke presented the film and in the book gives a lucidly simple account of the mathematics of the M-Set. Benoit Mandelbrot, the Belgian mathematician explains how it began. Professor Michael Barnsley, the computer graphics researcher who developed fractal image compression technology, explains the applications of the breakthroughs. Professor Ian Stewart, author of Does God Play Dice? adds his insights into the beautifully simple equation that gives birth to fractals. Two of the most interesting applications of fractal geometry, reflected by the two new contributors to the book, are to the Internet and to the Stock Market. Dr Gary Flake, Chief Technology Officer at Overture, the leading provider of commercial search on the Internet and just taken over by Yahoo for 1.6 billion dollars, discusses the profoundly fractal nature of the Web in his article: The Self-ish Web. Robert Prechter Jr is President of Elliott Wave International, Inc. and founder of the Socionomics Institute. His latest title is Socionomics: The Science of History and Social Prediction (2003). He writes about how fractals can help us understand the oscillations of stock markets.

Category: Non-Fiction

1995 The Supernatural A-Z

Psychic investigator James Randi turns a clear and critical eye on the world of the occult and the supernatural. Foreword by Arthur C. Clarke. (with James Randi)

Category: Non-Fiction

1997 Macroshift: Navigating The Transformation To A Sustainable World

We live in the midst of one of the greatest technological revolutions in history, an era of deep-seated transformation—a macroshift in civilization, says preeminent scholar and futurist Ervin Laszlo. Its signs and manifestations are all around us, from the deadly HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping Africa and the dangerous fire-trap sweatshops routinely killing workers in Bangladesh, to the environmental havoc created by genetic engineering, power plant pollution and mechanized agriculture. The application of new technologies has turned into a double-edged sword. The world is growing together in some respects, but is coming apart in others. Worldwide economic globalization, another sign of the macroshift, all too often benefits the few rather than the many. Hundreds of millions live at a higher material standard of living, but thousands of millions are pressed into abject poverty. The richest 20% earn ninety times the income of the poorest 20%, consume eleven times as much energy, and eat eleven times as much meat. There have been other macroshifts in human history, but they spanned centuries, allowing cultural values, beliefs, and change to occur gradually. Today, technology has reduced our time to adapt; the entire critical period of change is compressed into the lifetime of a generation. Today’s macroshift, explains Laszlo, harbors great promise, as well as grave danger. He outlines two possible scenarios: 'The Breakdown,' where we choose to drift without a change in our current direction toward chaos, anarchy, and destruction, or 'The Breakthrough,' where we collectively transform our thinking and behavior to produce creative, sustainable solutions to dangerous global problems. And he shows what each of us can do—politically, professionally, and privately—to bring about the Breakthrough and shape a humane and sustainable global future. While technology is what drives the unprecedented speed of this macroshift, it is our vision, values, and actions now that will ultimately determine the outcome. The choice is up to us—the power is in our hands.

Category: Non-Fiction

1998 Arthur C. Clarke And Lord Dunsany: A Correspondence (with Lord Dunsany)

This book collects the hitherto unpublished correspondence between science fiction legend Sir Arthur C. Clarke and fantasy master Lord Dunsany. Their correspondence, which lasted 12 years (1944-1956), reveals much about the world views of both authors.

Category: Non-Fiction

1998 Arthur C. Clarke's Mysteries

'The universe is such a strange and wonderful place that reality will always outrun the wildest imagination.' -- Arthur C. Clarke. Is it possible that there are monsters in the ocean? Do certain people have the apparently effortless ability to endure intense pain? Is time travel possible? Could the Parthians have invented the first battery in 240 B.C.E.? Can you will someone to die? How did the ancient South Americans draw massive land pictures that can only be viewed from a great height? All these strange phenomena--and many more--are investigated by authors John Fairley and Simon Welfare in an entertaining style. And Arthur C. Clarke contributes his own analysis to each chapter. His opinions are always thoughtful and wise, and often witty and provocative. (with John Fairley and Simon Welfare)

Category: Non-Fiction

1999 Welcome To The Wired World: The New Networked Economy

Examines the strategic issues executives need to know to take their business forward in the digital age.

Category: Non-Fiction

2000 Sri Lanka: The Emerald Isle

Category: Non-Fiction

2002 The Reefs Of Taprobane

Looking for new underwater worlds to conquer, Arthur Clarke and Mike Wilson followed up their expedition to Australia's Great Barrier Reef (described in The Coast of Coral) by exploring the romantic seas surrounding Ceylon. Meetings with dangerous and beautiful marine creatures were only one side of the expedition's activities. Their adventures included the discovery of many wrecks and the investigation of a 3,000-year-old Hindu temple lying on the ocean bed.

Category: Non-Fiction

2002 Moonwatcher's Memoir: A Diary Of 2001, A Space Odyssey

Dan Richter was a poor, vagabond mime when Stanley Kubrick plucked him from obscurity to choreograph and star in the remarkable 'Dawn of Man' sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Determined not to rehash the hackneyed tradition of 'men in monkey suits,' Kubrick was seeking vivid characterizations by believable prehistoric man-apes whose discovery of weapons and violence presages the future of humanity in space. Since the sequence had no dialog, Kubrick felt that mimes could best express the man-apes' motivations and emotions, and Richter's brief audition quickly confirmed the notion. In this disarming and engrossing day-by-day chronicle of the blossoming of rudimentary ideas into a finished masterpiece, Richter effectively captures the novice's constant sense of awe regarding the complexity of filmmaking. In the process, he spends hours observing primates in zoos and struggles with heroin addiction.(with Dan Richter)

Category: Non-Fiction

2003 From Narnia To A Space Odyssey: The War Of Letters Between Arthur C. Clarke And C. S. Lewis

(with C. S. Lewis)

Category: Non-Fiction

2005 The Dark Blue Depths: Adventures From Inner To Outer Space

Islands in the Sky: Roy Malcolm, a young boy, takes a trip to a space station. At first everything is fun and games, but when Roy manages to get on a ship headed for the space hospital, things change dramatically-he ends up on an unscheduled trip to the moon! Dolphin Island: A Story of the People of the Sea: When a cargo hovership crashes into the Pacific, the sole survivor is saved by a school of dolphins who guide him to an island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Category: Non-Fiction

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