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 Post subject: Celebrating Clarke
PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:19 am 
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Greetings, fellow Hangarites and earthlings:

In honor of Arthur C. Clarke, who passed away recently, I will be devoting myself to a re-read of Clarke's "Rama" and "Odyssey" novels. I also intend to "dissect" Rendezvous With Rama as I go along, and possibly 2001: A Space Odyssey as well. As both are relatively short works, it shouldn't be too onerous a task I've set for myself. It helps that I seriously love these books.

While Rama's status as a classic sf novel is perhaps justification enough for in-depth discussion, I also wish to dissect the novel as a way of "preparing" for the arrival of the movie adaptation - should it ever get made. 2001: A Space Odyssey, on the other hand, came into being as both a novel and a movie at roughly the same time. The movie was, of course, a very influential piece of cinema, and perhaps continues to be. However, the novel is a worthy work in its own right.

Everyone is, of course, welcome to post their thoughts and opinions on these books as I make my way through them. Also, feel free to post comments here, such as expressing doubt about my sanity in taking on this project, etc.

I will be starting this "Clarke-fest" in June or thereabouts. I am not putting anyone under any obligation to contribute a "chapter read" themselves, as it would be unfair to thrust a sudden timetable on everyone out of the blue. I'll simply leave the door open for any fellow Clarke conscripts.

Days of summer and sci fi, here we come...


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 Post subject: Re: Celebrating Clarke
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Extremely cool Moonie! If you said this on Sat. I would have bought Rama instead of Brokedown Palace. You know, I've read at least 6 books of his but never Rama. Looking forward to joining you. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Celebrating Clarke
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Since I recently found my copies of 2001 and Rama, I would be very happy to contribute and comment. 8)

Clarke was a man of amazing vision and ideas. :D

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If I can pick up copies, I'll definitely take part. Truly one of the defining talents of the genre.

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I'm six chapters into Rendezvous and loving every minute of it! I simply cannot believe I've haven't read it before.

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 Post subject: Re: Celebrating Clarke
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Awesome, danlo! Glad you're enjoying the book. 8)

I've started jotting down notes. I might post some opening chapter comments this weekend.


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Oh, good. My four day weekend has just started so I should have plenty of time to read the first chapter or two and join in! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Celebrating Clarke
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I just can't read Clarke because of that godawful monstrosity of a film that Kubrick (surely the single most overrated director fo all time) went and made. I just can't pick up any of his books without thinking 'well what if the film was faithful to the novel???'

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He should be an author I like, I've heard a lot of good reviews of most of his novels, but that sodding film...maybe I can treat the read throughs as a kind of aversion therapy...

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Come on read RwRama with us-it's got a great pace and short chapters the are really cool and they just explored . Off to :alan:

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 Post subject: Re: Celebrating Clarke
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Sorry if you guys were waiting for me to get started. The weather was great this weekend so I just had to get out. I was going to post entries for Chapters 1 and 2, but I thought it'd be better if I just threw Chapter 1 out there for now instead of delaying things any further.

(Did I mention I like that RwR is a short book? This dissection ought to be painless. :mrgreen: )


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Well ok, just got to get hold of a copy of RWR and I'll be right with you.

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