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Imperial Earth Paperback – 14 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (14 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857983386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857983388
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,576,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crammed with fascinating gimmicks, each novelty is utterly plausible, as if its introduction into our lives were absolutely inevitable...no one does it better than Clarke --Times Literary Supplement

Arthur C. Clarke at the height of his powers --New York Times

A polished gem... a winner --Daily Mirror

Arthur C. Clarke at the height of his powers --New York Times

A polished gem... a winner --Daily Mirror --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won the KALINGA PRIZE, the AVIATION SPACE-WRITERS PRIZE,and the WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE WRITING PRIZE. He also shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008.

To discover more about how the legacy of Sir Arthur is being honoured today, please visit http://www.clarkefoundation.org


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Upon reading Imperial Earth, I could not help but think of how 2001 the book and the movie were so different - and that this book, written shortly after the movie premiere was in many ways a second try for Clarke to bring life to Saturn.
Though that doesn't deter the quality of the book at all.
Clarke introduces time-old experiences of life in a colony against a vast, yet remote empire - paralleled mildly to the three hundred year ago colonization of the Americas by the Britsh empire. In Imperial Earth, these ideas of colonization are reminded over and over again - from the comminque and travel time difference from Titan to Earth, to the sheer isolation that Titan has as a community within our solar system.
The part I enjoyed was Duncan's time while on Earth. I especially like the company Enigma - makes me wish we had a company like them now!
On whole, Imperial Earth is an enjoyable read, enough to spend an afternoon with, but not deep enough that you will live with it long after you read the final decisions that Duncan has to make.
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Although his optimism seems to sometimes get the better of him. Here we are in 2013 and still war and poverty are the hallmarks of human existence in sharp contrast to Mr Clark's utopian vision of 2001. Nonetheless he is an extraordinarily visionary. So much of the technologies he wrote about before the Apollo lunar landings has now become everyday familiar items.

The book is a great read the characters are believable and well fleshed out and the plot is both engaging and intriguing.
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This is a very solid sci-fi novel, a scenario of the future that is complex and unpredictable. It is not about swashbuckling adventure, but paints a vivid picture of a future world with absolutely wonderful details, from the hand-held computing device that records every moment of your entire life - if you can find where you filed it, such as a strange howling on the moon's surface that the narritor hears- to the neural stimulator that functions as a kind of drug, permanently altering the brain in unforeseen ways. It also brings in cloning as an issue as well as the economics of supporting a colony far far away from Earth, all with systematic musings that completely surpass normal sci-fi standards. WHile these aspects may sound fantastical, they are woven in to a rather mundane story that drags a bit in the middle, but winds down to a surprise at the end.

Recommended. Clarke was one of the absolute best. He will be missed.
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In my mind one of the great Clarke novels. It ties together the projected science and life on future Titan with politics and developments on Earth and the satelites. This is probably THE novel when todays SmartPhones were first described. This is a very good novel from one of the grand masters of SF
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