The Lost Worlds of 2001
The Lost Worlds of 2001


The Lost Worlds of 2001

Arthur Charles Clarke

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The Lost Worlds of 2001 by Arthur Charles Clarke FOREWORD Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth. So began the novel 2001: A Space Odyssey when it was published in July 1968. But the first version, four years earlier, had started like this…. VIEW FROM THE YEAR 2000 Between the first and last decades of the twentieth century lay a gulf greater than the wildest imagination could have conceived. It was the gulf between gunpowder and nuclear bomb, between messages tapped in Morse and global television from the sky, between Queen Victoria, Empress of India, and Kwame Chaka, Supreme President of the African Federation. But above all it was the gulf between the first hundred-foot flight at Kitty Hawk , and the first billion-mile mission to the moons of Jupiter. All of these...

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