Testerman Sci-Fi Site
Testerman Sci-Fi Site

On Non-2001 Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Only readers or writers of science fiction are really competent to discuss the possibilities of the future....Over the last half-century, tens of thousands of stories have explored all the conceivable, and most of the inconceivable, possibilities of the future....The facts of the future can hardly be imagined ab initio by those who are unfamiliar with the fantasies of the past."
(from Profiles of the Future, 1983 introduction)
"Last and First Men: No other book had a greater influence on my life....(It) and its successor Star Maker (1937) are the twin summits of (Stapledon's) literary career....Though he has always had many devoted followers, in his own time and for 30 years after his death he was shamefully neglected - and even misrepresented. Now he speaks to us more clearly than he could ever address his contemporaries....The Space Age had to dawn before the world could understand Stapledon's thoughts and look through his eyes."
(1983, from 1984:Spring - A Choice of Futures)
Dedication of Clarke's 1972 book Report on Planet Three: "In accordance with the terms of the Clarke-Asimov Treaty, the second-best science writer dedicates this book to the second-best science fiction writer."
At left: Clarke(right) encourages fellow Renaissance Man Isaac Asimov to join Arthur's scuba diving company (Asimov was notoriously unadventurous)
"One recent disappointment: Although Steven Spielberg optioned The Hammer of God(Clarke's 1993 novel), it received no credit in his (1998 film) Deep Impact. I wept bitterly all the way to the bank." (taken from Clarke's 1999 "Egogram,")
"The short story "Twilight," written under a John W. Campbell pseudonym, appeared in the December 1934 Astounding...."Twilight" had a major impact on my own career and certainly influenced "Against the Fall of Night," which I...completed in 1946." [from the introduction to Greetings, Carbon-based Bipeds,1999 - "Against the Fall of Night" and its revised version, The City and the Stars(1956) are two of Clarke's best stories]
Clarke's Favorite Sci-Fi Films ("I may change my mind on some, but not many....It would make more sense to have two lists: Most important, and Best."):  
1)Metropolis, 2)Things to Come, 3)Frankenstein, 4)King Kong (original), 5)Forbidden Planet, 6)The Thing (original), 7)The Day the Earth Stood Still, 8)2001: A Space Odyssey, 9)Star Wars, 10)Close Encounters of the Third Kind(revised), 11)Alien, 12)Blade Runner (1983, from The Odyssey File, 1984, by Clarke & Peter Hyams, about film 2010)
"I'm sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I'm rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books." (taken from Clarke's July 1975 address to the U.S. Congress, published in The View From Serendip, 1977)