Arthur C. Clarke
"Technology sufficiently advanced enough is indistinguishable from magick."
- Clarke's Third Law
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ARTHUR C. CLARKE, FRIEND OF NEW ENERGY
By Arthur C. Clarke
From: NEN, Vol. 5, No. 3, July 1997, p. 6.
New Energy News (NEN) copyright 1997 by Fusion Information Center, Inc.
ARTHUR C. CLARKE, FRIEND OF NEW ENERGY
Borrowed from Infinite
Energy, # 12
"I've written dozens of books on the subject (space travel) and I'm sick and tired of talking about it. I've nothing new to add, except I think more and more that the new space age, and the new everything age, is linked more and more to the new energy revolution...
"For one thing, there is this so-called cold fusion. Which is neither cold nor fusion. Very few Americans seem to know what is happening, which is incredible. It's all over the world, except the United States. There are hundreds of laboratories doing it, they've got patents all over the place. The prototypes are on sale now .... There are so many vested interest. There are the hot fusion boys. All the rocket engineers will be out of jobs, and a lot of the poor guys are already. I don't like to guess at the scenario, but I would say that before the end of this decade, the hand waving will be over and people will accept that this energy exists, whatever it is, and there may actually be several different varieties. A lot of heads will roll at the U.S. Department of Energy and elsewhere."
- an excerpt from Dr. Clarke's comments to _Discover_ Magazine, May 1997.
August 7, 1997.
invented the geosynchronous satellite
Communicating to any point on the globe is all about bouncing a signal off a satellite from the caller on the ground to its final destination. The conventional way is known to satellite engineers as bent-pipe architecture, because the traffic flow is shaped like an upside-down U, with the satellite at the top of the curve. Bent-pipe architecture dates back to 1945, when a young Royal Air Force officer named Arthur C. Clarke published the first essay on the use of communications satellites, "Extra-Terrestrial Relays," in Wireless World, a normally subdued trade publication. The point above Earth where satellites seem to hover above a fixed point on the equator is about 22,300 miles in orbit. To this day, this circuit is known alternately as geosynchronous orbit and Clarke's orbit.
The advantage of geosynchronous orbit, as Clarke noted in 1945, is that satellites there appear stationary because their motion matches Earth's rotation, allowing receiving stations on the surface to send and receive signals without having to rotate in order to track the satellite. Clarke then expanded his idea: Three satellites placed in geosynchronous orbit equally spaced apart along the equator would cover Earth's entire surface. Calls would go up to the satellites and come back down to ground receiving stations, which would connect the calls to local telephone systems. This relay would end the need to lay telephone cable across the ocean floor, while instantaneously providing the means for the entire world to have telephone coverage. Clarke's system is very much a mainstay of long distance communications to this day.
- David S. Bennahum - _The United Nations Of Iridium_ in WIRED 6.10
Mass Market Paperback Reissue edition (January
Ballantine Books (Mm); ISBN: 0345322401 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 6.91 x 4.25
Thalassa was a paradise above the earth. Its beauty and vast resources seduce its inhabitants into a feeling of perfection. But then the Magellan arrives, carrying with it one million refugees from the last mad days of earth. Paradise looks indeed lost....
A Space Odyssey
(1968) (story The Sentinel)
... aka Journey Beyond the Stars (1967) (USA: working title)
Filmography as: Writer, Actor
1.Without Warning (1994) (TV) .... Himself
2.2010 (1984) (uncredited) .... Man on Park Bench
... aka 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
3.Baddegama (1980) .... Leonard Woolf
In Arthur C. Clarke's famous short story _The Nine Billion Names of God_, a Tibetan monastery uses a huge mainframe to process a coded list of all the possible names of god. The Americans working on the project think the lamas are crazy, but when the last line of code spits out, the stars begin to wink out in the night sky, ushering in the end of the world. I read Clarke's tale as a kid, and though I later found out his theology was off (in no real sense do Buddhists believe in God), his tale has always stuck with me.
- Erik Davis - _Digital Dharma_
The Ultimate Melody
Arthur C. Clarke
This short story is about a scientist, Gilbert Lister, who develops the ultimate melody--one that so compels the brain that its listener becomes completely and forever enraptured by it. As the storyteller, Harry Purvis, explains, Lister theorized that a great melody "made its impression on the mind because it fitted in with the fundamental electrical rhythms going on in the brain". Lister attempts to abstract from the hit tunes of the day to a melody which fits in so well with the electrical rhythms that it dominates them completely. He succeeds...and is found in a catatonia from which he never awakes.
Clearly, the Ultimate Melody behaves like a lethal text. Like the lethal texts in Macroscope and _Snow Crash_ (by Neal Stepheson), it affects the physical structure of the brain in such a way as to render the individual incapable of normal action.
Purvis explains that the Ultimate Melody "would form an endless ring in the memory circuits of the mind. It would go round and round forever, obliterating all other thoughts".
Interestingly, Purvis speculates whether Lister's fate is a negative one. He muses, "Yet I'm not sure if his fate is a horrible one, or whether he should be envied. Perhaps, in a sense, he's found the ultimate reality that philosophers like Plato are always talking about". Purvis also compares the Ultimate Melody to the song of the Sirens, in that it was a "lethal" text that no one could hear in safety, nor communicate to others.
The Ultimate Melody is somewhat like the catchy tunes in The Demolished Man, which the protagonist uses to hide his murderous thoughts from mind-readers. Anyone trying to "peep" his mind will get only the tune, going around and around. It is somewhat analogous to a nam-shub, which is described in _Snow Crash_ as a virus of the mind.
Article by Mike Chorost
A theme throughout Clarke's novels is the evolution of the human spirit and man's innate desire to expand his reach. But he doesn't see religion as the answer. He calls religion a "disease of infancy," and in _3001: The Final Odyssey_, it has become taboo, a product of man's early ignorance that provoked hatred and bloodshed.
"One of my objections to religion is that it prevents the search for god, if there is one," he says. "I have an open mind on the subject, if there's anything behind the universe. And I'm quite sympathetic with the views that there could be."
"The creation of wealth is certainly not to be despised, but in the long run the only human activities really worthwhile are the search for knowledge, and the creation of beauty. This is beyond argument; the only point of debate is which comes first."
- Arthur C. Clarke
"It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship god, but to create him." - autobiography
"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum."
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