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Alfred Bester (Psi Cop from Babylon-5)(Bester's quote refers to non-telepaths.
Comic-Con attendees use the label "mundanes" to refer to people who "don't enjoy sci-fi") To film buffs, Arthur C.
But science-fiction fans have any number of touchstones for the British author: He's one of very few to be designated a Science Fiction Grand Master, he's the author of the classic novels Childhood's End and Rendezvous With Rama, and he first created the popular axiom "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." By his late 80s, Clarke had written or collaborated on more than 70 books, including three 2001 sequels, three Rendezvous With Rama sequels (co-authored with Gentry Lee), two autobiographies, and a wide variety of essays and short stories.
His non-fiction includes collections of his correspondence with C. Lewis and Lord Dunsany, as well as many books on physics, science, and space travel, from 1950's guidebook Interplanetary Flight to 1994's The Snows Of Olympus, a graphic look at a terraformed Mars.
This is a particular kind of continuity error that would be avoided if professional writers kept calculators at their desks.
You have just discovered the fundamental truth: that your favorite author failed irredeemably at high school math and never wants to see a number ever again except in the corner of a page.
You're watching a show or movie, or reading a book, when suddenly something numerical throws you for a slight curve — like a date, or a character's age. Compare Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, Not Allowed to Grow Up, and Longest Pregnancy Ever, where the writers do math — they're just intentionally fudging it.
It can also come from multiple writers not checking with each other, or screwups in the timeline.
The BBC rejected my modest effort, and it was not published until almost three years later in the one-and-only (Spring 1951) issue of "10 Story Fantasy" - a magazine that, as the invaluable Encyclopedia of Science Fiction wryly comments, is "primarily remembered for its poor arithmetic (there were thirteen stories)." Based on the novel by Arthur C. By now, the year 2130, all of the largest asteroids in the solar system have long since been discovered.
See also Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale and Not Drawn to Scale. A natural habitat for the MST3K Mantra and Fan Wank, as in many cases, these errors are not important for the plot (even when they are).
Possibly the root cause of Everybody Hates Mathematics. Oh, for the examples below that reference the number Pi, it is an irrational number with no limit — an endless number — of digits, but the first 16 are 3.141592653589793.
And as observations continue, the most impossible explanation becomes the only one: Rama is actually a spaceship.
The next step is obvious: mankind must attempt a rendezvous. As fate has it, that ship is Endeavor - the ship that you command.