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Four articles published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society written by Arthur C. Clarke

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Four articles published in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society written by Arthur C. Clarke Author: Clarke, Arthur C. Place: Publisher: Date: 1946-1959 Description: 4 articles in complete issues comprising: “The Challenge of the Spaceship (Astronautics and its Impact upon Human Society)” Speech to the Society, October 5, 1946. Journal Vol. 6, No. 3, December 1946: pp. 66-78 + 3 pp. discussion. First printing of this seminal address. (Small marginal tear on one page) “Electronics and Space-Flight”. Journal XXI, March 1948: pp. 49-69. “Dynamics of Space-Flight”. Journal XXVII, March 1949: Pp. 71-84. (Withdrawn from RAND Corporation library, with rubberstamp and ink note on front cover; printed presentation note by the BIS Secretary stapled to verso of cover) “Meteors as a Danger to Space-Flight”. Journal XXIX, July 1949: pp. 157-161. Also includes: Clarke, Arthur C. The Challenge Of The Spaceship: Previews Of Tomorrow’s World. New York: Harper, 1959. 273 pp. Cloth in dust jacket. Clarke’s scarce anthology of his earlier non-fiction Space writings, both “philosophical and cultural speculations” and “straight science reporting”, the title taken from his landmark 1946 speech. First Edition. Twenty years before he rocketed to international fame by the film “2001, a Space Odyssey”, Arthur Clarke was the most influential scientific visionary of the dawning Space Age. Clarke’s 1946 landmark speech to the BIS as its first postwar chairman – revised and reprinted in book form 13 years later – was a momentous philosophical speculation on how imminent space exploration would affect the future of mankind. In the discussion that followed the address, Clarke commented that any extraterrestrial beings we might encounter in the course of spaceflight would be akin to either “aborigines or angels”. A copy of the original Journal printing was sent to George Bernard Shaw luring him to join the Interplanetary Society at age 91. Lot Amendments Condition: Overall very good. Item number: 319604

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Auction house: PBA Galleries
Title: Sale 2039: Final Frontier: Space Exploration & Flight Through the Ages - Fact & Fiction. Timed Auction
Date of the auction: 7 Sep 2020
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