Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 4

Arthur C. Clarke (30 Nov. 2011)

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Some sci-fi storytellers are content to predict - but Arthur C. Clarke creates. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001 predicted videophones, iPads, and commercial spaceflight. His ... See full summary »

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Arthur C Clarke (as Mark Fernandes)
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William J. Borucki ...
Himself - NASA Ames Research Center
David Brin ...
Himself - futurist
Arthur C. Clarke ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Dave Bowman in '2001, A Space Odyssey' (archive footage)
David Ferrucci ...
Himself - artificial intelligence researcher, IBM
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Himself - writer
Jeff Greenwald ...
Himself - author / journalist
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Himself - 'Jeopardy' champion (archive footage)
Michio Kaku ...
Himself - theoretical physicist
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Himself (archive footage)
Gentry Lee ...
Himself - Chief Engineer of Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Himself - writer / producer
Douglas Rain ...
Voice of HAL in '2001, A Space Odyssey' (voice)
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Some sci-fi storytellers are content to predict - but Arthur C. Clarke creates. His collaboration with Stanley Kubrick on 2001 predicted videophones, iPads, and commercial spaceflight. His sci-fi legacy inspires us to unveil the mysteries of the universe. Written by Anonymous

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Bringing us into the beyond
18 November 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This documentary consists of expert interviews(with those who he has inspired, those who met him and those who research areas he explored), real footage, computer simulations, film clips and narration. It goes into the things predicted, and the clear inventions aided, by Arthur C. Clarke.

We learn about his commentary and pondering on man's place in the universe, evolution(physical and scientific), the future, were we created by something, alien biology, SETI, going into space via shuttle or "elevator", and A.I. The fruit of his body of work are applications, too numerous to list, and progress, that has shaped the world we live in - and helped bring us closer to what lies outside of that.

It becomes clear that he wants you to think, and that the answers he comes up with for the compelling questions that he(and many others) seek to address, come not from religion, but rather from philosophy and science. We learn about what he was like as a human being, and the tone and approach of his novels.

There is a bit of disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of the author. 8/10


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