Imperial Earth by Arthur C Clarke

a review by Ant, in the genre(s) Science Fiction. Book published by Pan Books in

Imperial Earth is a novel written by Arthur C. Clarke, and published in time for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976 by Ballantine Books. The plot follows the protagonist, Duncan Makenzie, on a trip to Earth from his home on Titan, ostensibly for a diplomatic visit to the U.S. for its 500th birthday, but really in order to have a clone of himself produced.

It is common in science fiction to offer perspectives of social issues. Clarke addresses issues of racism, the spectre of cloning (which was a very new topic in the early 1970s), and the economics of energy production and control.

Clarke describes in great detail throughout the book a personal communications device called a 'minisec' combining mobile video phone and PDA with global data connectivity. He also describes a larger desk 'comsole' or communications console giving similar access to global information services.

Written on Thursday 29th January 2009 by . 4 Star Rating

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Imperial Earth, a novel by Arthur C Clarke

Book Details

  • Imperial Earth
  • Publisher: Pan Books
  • ISBN:
  • Published:
  • Pages: 288
  • Format reviewed: Paperback
  • Review date: January, 2009
  • Language: English
  • Age Range: N/A