8 Best Arthur C Clarke Books Update 05/2022

Arthur C Clarke Books

The short tale “Loophole” was initially published in the pages of Astounding Science Fiction magazine in 1946. The story was written by Arthur C. Clarke, a bright young writer whose publication heralded the start of an incredible creative career.

Arthur C. Clarke’s star continues to burn brightly in the sci-fi realm almost 70 years later. The Prophet of the Space Age, as well as being a pioneering author, was a distinctive voice of mid-twentieth-century science fiction, generating spectacular space narratives that often foreshadowed technological achievements. Clarke garnered many Hugo and Nebula Awards, a UNESCO Kalinga Prize, Academy Award and Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and was recognized a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America during the course of his career. In the year 2000, the British Empire formally knighted him. Sri Lanka’s highest civilian medal, Sri Lankabhimanya, was bestowed on him three years before his death in 2005.

Clarke’s classic novels 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood’s End, and Rendezvous with Rama are certainly recognized to today’s readers. Nonetheless, the author’s incredible imagination spanned the galaxy, resulting in a constellation of stories that each sci-fi lover should read. In that spirit, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Arthur C. Clarke books, ranging from literary masterpieces to lesser-known treasures.

The Fountains of Paradise

By Arthur C. Clarke

The Fountains of Paradise

Dr. Vennevar Morgan, an engineer with intentions to develop an elevator capable of spanning the distance between Earth and space, is the protagonist of this Hugo and Nebula Award winner. This elevator would be able to hoist spaceships into orbit, reducing the time and cost of interplanetary travel by eliminating the requirement for rocket engines.

However, the only adequate foundation for such a project may be found in the mountains, which are home to an ancient Buddhist monastic order. Morgan must overcome the monks’ objections as well as the political and financial complexities of a project that he believes has the potential to alter the world.

The Hammer of God

By Arthur C. Clarke

The year is 2109, and rapid advances in science and technology have solved most of the world’s issues. However, as a massive asteroid approaches the globe, threatening to wipe out all life, this is one new challenge for which Earth may be unprepared.

When the asteroid “Kali” is discovered, scientists hurry to find a means to prevent Earth’s annihilation. Captain Robert Singh, however, on board the spaceship Goliath, may be able to preserve humanity—at a cost.

The Deep Range

By Arthur C. Clarke

In the not-too-distant future, humanity will have fully embraced the ocean and its immense possibilities. Humanity has never gone hungry thanks to the use of sonar technology to capture marine resources. However, as he explores the wonders of the deep, ex-space engineer Walter Franklin’s attitude about his submarine patrol shifts from boredom to boundless awe.

But, as his excursions take him deeper into the water, he discovers that the ocean contains the answer to humanity’s place in nature—and that Franklin himself is destined to play a critical role in humanity’s future.

Prelude to Space

By Arthur C. Clarke

Prelude to Space

Prometheus, Earth’s first Lunar spacecraft, is getting ready to launch. The ship is made up of two parts: one that will fly to the moon and back in outer space, and another that will drive the first component through the atmosphere and into orbit.

Historian Dirk Alexson is in charge of chronicling the amazing process of interplanetary travel as he travels from London to the Australian facility that houses Prometheus. Despite the fact that this novel was released in 1951, it bears a startling, almost prophetic resemblance to the events that would shortly follow in actual life.

Richter 10

By Arthur C. Clarke and Mike McQuay

This science fiction thriller, co-written with Phillip K. Dick Award-winning novelist Mike McQuay, focuses on natural and political disasters. Lewis Crane dedicated his life to learning ways to protect others after his family was killed in an earthquake when he was only seven years old.

Despite the fact that he has developed technology that can anticipate earthquakes down to the minute, Crane wants to go one step farther and avert disasters. Will he be able to halt the devastating earthquake that is threatening America as a result of the political controversy over his recommended methods?

The Songs of Distant Earth

By Arthur C. Clarke

The Songs of Distant Earth, published in 1986, is Clarke’s favorite of all his novels. It all started with a short story of the same name that was published in 1958. Earth is only a faraway gleam to the colonists of the planet Thalassa. Long ago, space immigrants arrived to this faraway ocean paradise via an embryonic seed pod in order to advance the human species.

The colonists have built a new civilization in the years after their arrival, one that is peaceful, caring, and free of religion and superstition. They are now prospering. However, when the gigantic spacecraft Magellan arrives from the heavens, carrying one million Earth refugees escaping their dying planet, their stability is jeopardized.

A Fall of Moondust

By Arthur C. Clarke

A Fall of Moondust

For this gripping space era survival novel published in 1961, Clarke was nominated for a Hugo Award, which the Sunday Times praised as “expertly told and cruelly fascinating until the end.” It’s the twenty-first century, and Earthlings have colonized the Moon for both research and enjoyment.

Intrepid and wealthy visitors come to the gray satellite and embark on lunar excursions across the Sea of Thirst, a gigantic ocean-like body of dust that moves almost like water. The Selene is a dust-cruiser that transports visitors across this dry ocean.

A moonquake erupts not long after the Selene is launched, and she dives deep into the powder. With time running out and air becoming increasingly scarce, the crew and passengers must work together to make the best of what they have.

Against the Fall of Night

By Arthur C. Clarke

The poetic reflection on our role in the cosmos in Against the Fall of Night established Clarke as a daring new talent in science fiction literature. The story is set in the far future and follows Alvin, humanity’s last kid born in the eternal city of Diaspar.

There is nothing beyond Diaspar’s borders, according to city elders; attackers obliterated all other indications of life. Alvin is fascinated by the outside world and gets his first view of it in the shape of a mystery stone bearing an inscription promising a “better way.”

The rock launches the young protagonist on a tremendous quest of discovery and revelation, revealing both his people’s past and humanity’s destiny. The novella Against the Fall of Night was first published in 1948. Clarke extended it into a novel in 1953, and then revisited it in 1956’s acclaimed The City and the Stars.

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