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Topic Reading-Vol.2643-7/7/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/07/07 Topic Reading-Vol.2643-7/7/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

The fiction that predicted space travel

Born in England in 1917, Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a renowned science fiction writer. The stargazing child worked as a radio engineer during WWII and later became a science fiction writer, futurist and undersea explore in Sri Lanka.

His first novels were about space explorations, the first flight to the Moon and colonization of Mars both of which were published in 1951 during when the world was still stuck in the aftermath of WWII.

His most famous work, A Space Odyssey was written in 1968 when the world was divided by ideology and nuclear weapons. It was made into one of the greatest films of all time directed by Stanley Kubrick. The story was about encounters with an alien monolith that sparks a technological and intellectual leap, which was succeeded by three sequels, 2010: Odyssey Two in 1982, 2061: Odyssey Three in 1988, and 3001: The Final Odyssey in 1997.

Another famous alien encounter story is Rendezvous with Rama in 1973, whose sequels were published in 1991, The Garden of Rama and in 1993, Rama Revealed.

In these futuristic books, Clarke introduced iPad like communication and information device, computer software that reads human lips, space tourism, space elevators, and space stations.

Over a decade after his death, only a few of these have been brought into life. Humans still have a long way to catch up his extrapolations.

Enjoy reading the article about one of the most profound science fiction writers.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190621-the-man-who-created-our-vision-of-space

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