Arthur C Clarke

Review: An Ape about the House by Arthur C. Clarke

An Ape about the House by Arthur C. Clarke is less about the ape and more about the house. Primates have played an integral part in looking at the human condition over the years, but this story throws a wrench in the debate by simply focusing on the human factor.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN’S JUVENILES: Are they still good? (Part One)

I seem to be unable to do single columns about stuff I’m passionate about. Heinlein is no exception. Robert A. Heinlein, who was characterized as the “Dean of Science Fiction,” though he was not necessarily the oldest or the best writer of SF during his lifetime, began his writing career before he went back into […]

SOME OF THE BEST YA SF EVER: The “Winston Juveniles”—Part One

Back in the Good Old (or Bad, depends on your point of view) Days, fiction—especially SF—that was written for a teen audience was called “Juvenile” fiction; I don’t believe any disparagement was meant, or at least we juveniles (except for the “delinquents”) never took it as disparaging. Nowadays teens are called “Young Adults,” and fiction […]

The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke

Now there are classic science fiction stories, and then there are classic science fiction stories used by educators to introduce young impressionable readers and writers to the age old argument of science and religion. The Nine Billion Names of God by Arthur C. Clarke is THAT kind of story.

Review: The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke’s short story The Sentinel lost in a writing competion and could feasibly have never made it to publication. But over time, the story emerged as the inspiration for the cult classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.