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The Essay Is About Arthur C. Clarke. Arthur C. Clarke Showed Himself As A Visionary In His Novels Rendezvous With Rama, Childhood's End And 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Arthur C. ClarkeMany people influence society through various ways. This influence can be projected by way of paintings, literature, music or other means of expression. Utilizing the past, present, and future. Science fiction is the writing of imaginative stories that center on fantastic, scientific developments. One man who has excelled greatly in predicting the future and expressing life, as he knows it, is science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke. He investigated such subjects as human interaction with extraterrestrial life and mystic righteousness of knowledge. Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood's End, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, are all novels which describe in great detail the ideas that Arthur C. Clarke has on the future of society. Arthur C. Clarke showed himself as a visionary in his novels Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood's End and 2001: A Space Odyssey.In Rendezvous with Rama, an object was found they named Rama. It was discovered by project Spaceguard, a program established to detect asteroids. A large asteroid was discovered, but it actually turned out to be a spaceship from another world. A crew sent from Earth investigated the spaceship and the story revolved around exploring Rama and scrutinizing for signs of life. The author, Clarke, envisioned and decribed the fantastic paraphernalia of space and time intricately. Rama was a ten billion-ton, thirty-one mile long, cylinder that was more than a spaceship; it was almost like a planet. The Spacecraft had its own complex topography, weather, and gravitational pull (Leonard 120). It is amazing that a man could conceive such an object. Clarke's display of technological progress is the cornerstone of science fiction and an educated guess of what reality has yet to offer.Arthur C. Clarke's imagination did not end with the spacecraft Rama. It was only a stepping stone for his next technological advancements which were biological robots called biots. The biots had brains and batteries, but oddly enough required no food, water, light or atmosphere to exist. They seemed to be a reconnaissance device that merely ran around looking at things (Clarke, Rama 232-233). The Rama spaceship and the biots were technologically superior to anything found on our planet and could not be sanely conceived on present day Earth.Spiritual influence is another one of Clarke's themes use to diagnose human society. In Rendezvous with Rama the Cosmo Christers were religious spacemen who claimed that Jesus Christ was an extraterrestrial being. Taking the religious beliefs of the present day and evolving them to fit the futuristic plot of the story, makes one think, could this really happen? The Cosmo Christers believed that there would be a Second Coming and a Judgement Day that originated from space rather than a spiritual dimension. They thought Rama was a cosmic Ark sent here to save those who were worthy of salvation (Clarke, Rama 132-133). Clarke remarkably sets up major parallelisms with religion using his own...

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