Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Clarke’s Crimes

I noted yesterday the unfortunate passing of author Arthur C. Clarke. However, I forgot to mention that, like Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, and others known mostly for their science-fiction work, Clarke also crossed over from time to time into crime fiction. Jiro Kimura of The Gumshoe Site provides that side of the story:
He wrote a few sf-mystery short stories. The most crime-oriented story may be “Crime on Mars,” first published in the July 1960 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, and later anthologized in ELLERY QUEEN’S MINIMYSTERIES (World, 1969). Among his other sf-mystery stories are “The Nine Billion Names of God” (in STAR SCIENCE FICTION STORIES #1, 1953), “Moving Spirit” (in TALES FROM THE WHITE HART, 1957) and “Who’s There?” (in New Worlds, November 1958; retitled as “The Haunted Spacesuit”).
Meanwhile, The New York Times’ science-fiction critic, Gerard Jones, contributes one of the best obituaries I’ve seen yet of one of the 20th-century’s most important authors. Read it here.

READ MORE:Arthur C. Clarke’s Down-to-Earth Legacy,” by Ed Park (Los Angeles Times); “For Clarke, Issues of Faith, but Tackled Scientifically,” by Edward Rothstein (The New York Times); “R.I.P. Arthur C. Clarke,” by Edward Champion (Edward Champion’s Filthy Habits); “The Last Rendezvous with Arthur C. Clarke,” by Andrew Leonard (Salon); “Interview with Arthur C. Clarke,” by Tasha Robinson (A.V. Club); “Sir Arthur C. Clarke: 90th Birthday Reflections” (YouTube); “Arthur C. Clarke: The Wired Words,” by Lewis Wallace (Underwire).

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