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Glide Path: To The Heart of Experimental Technology...In WWII!
     

Glide Path: To The Heart of Experimental Technology...In WWII!

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by Arthur C. Clarke
 

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The royal child is reluctant to go to hospital but in the end she enjoys her visit because there they do treat her "like a Princess."

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The royal child is reluctant to go to hospital but in the end she enjoys her visit because there they do treat her "like a Princess."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553290523
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1991
Pages:
288

Meet the Author

Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) was one of the supreme science fiction writers of the century and achieved vast popularity with 2001: A Space Odyssey, which extended into a series of four books & two short stories. Other notable works include his Rama series of novels and the Hugo Award-winning short story The Star. Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, from being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1917
Date of Death:
March 19, 2008
Place of Birth:
Minehead, Somerset, England
Place of Death:
Sri Lanka
Education:
1948, King's College, London, first-class honors in Physics and Mathematics

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Glide Path: To The Heart of Experimental Technology...In WWII! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While certain parts of this atypical novel from the recently-deceased science fiction grand master Arthur C. Clarke read a little formulaic and telegraphed -- think 'Lifetime Movie for Men' and you may understand where I am coming from -- despite any such flaws, this is an engaging and well-written novel. It is amazing to me that the concept of GCD is not something that I ever gave much thought to -- that the elaborate system of airflight tracking and landing assistance had to have a genesis, and growing pains, and bugs to be ironed out. Nevertheless, GCD surely did have these flashpoints, and as one of the myriad of scientists and technicians working on the project during the halcyon days of WW2, Clarke is able to bring a unique perspective and deserved spotlight on the story of the project. Being familiar with Clarke's work only through the 'Odyssey' series and 'Rendezvous with Rama,' as well as through his excellent documentaries on paranormal phenomena filmed from his Sri Lankan home, I was unaware that he had ever attempted historical fiction of this nature -- I am glad he made the effort. Some of Flying Officer Bishop's tale will make you roll your eyes with their patness -- the whorehouse escapades and his father's death in particular -- but then, Dave Bowman was not exactly a fully-fleshed-out character either. 'Glide Path' was certainly a welcome read for this historical buff, and well worth tracking down for students of WW2 and aviation history.