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The final work from the brightest star in science fiction's galaxy. Arthur C Clarke, who predicted the advent of communication satellites and author of 2001: A Space Odyssey completes a lifetime career in science fiction with a masterwork. 30 light years away, a race known simply as the One Point Fives are plotting a dangerous invasion plan, one that will wipe humankind off the face of the Earth... Meanwhile, in Sri Lanka, a young astronomy student, Ranjit Subramanian, becomes obsessed with a three-hundred-year-old theorem that promises to unlock the secrets of the universe. While Ranjit studies the problem, tensions grow between the nations of the world and a UN taskforce headed up by China, America and Russia code-named Silent Thunder begins bombing volatile regimes into submission. On the eve of the invasion of Earth a space elevator is completed, helped in part by Ranjit, which will herald a new type of Olympics to be held on the Moon. But when alien forces arrive Ranjit is forced to question his own actions, in a bid to save the lives of not just his own family but of all of humankind. Co-written with fellow grand master Frederik Pohl, The Last Theorem not only provides a fitting end to the career one of the most famous names in science fiction but also sets a new benchmark in contemporary prescient science fiction. It tackles with ease epic themes as diverse as third world poverty, the atrocities of modern warfare in a post-nuclear age, space elevators, pure mathematics and mankind's first contact with extra-terrestrials. Lead title / The final novel from the best known science fiction writer in the world, and bestelling author of 2001 / Arthur C. Clarke possessed the greatest mind in science ficiton, and fellow grandmaster Frederik Pohl was specially selected by Clarke to complete his book / Big ideas in a highly accessible and entertaining story / Another of Clarke's books, Rendezvous with Rama, to be released as a major film in 2009 starring Morgan Freeman
Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.
Completed days before the 2008 death of coauthor Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), this novel by two of the sf genre's founding fathers has been panned by critics and readers alike, and with good reason. It is uneven and occasionally dull, and it struggles to blend incompatible themes. But the protagonist's relentless quest to prove a centuries-old mathematical theorem offers a certain fascination, particularly within the cultural context of Sri Lanka. Mark Bramhall's (Fire in the Blood) compelling narration translates this title successfully to audio. Recommended with reservations. [Audio clip available through library.booksontape.com.-Ed.]-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
`Clarke is one of the greatest imaginative writers of hard
`Arthur Clarke is one of the true geniuses of our time'
`Arthur C. Clarke is the prophet of the space age'
`A one-man literary Big Bang, Clarke has originated his own vast
and teeming futurist universe'
`Arthur C. Clarke is blessed with one of the most astounding
imaginations ever encountered in print'
New York Times
`One of the truly prophetic figures of the space age... the
colossus of science fiction'
`The most consistently able writer science fiction has yet produced' Kingsley Amis on Frederik Pohl
`In his grasp of scientific and technological possibilities, Pohl ranks with Asimov and Clarke, but he has greater originality than either' Sunday Times
`I want to be remembered most as a writer - one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well' Arthur C Clarke