„Clarke's Second Law: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.“

"Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" in Profiles of the Future (1962)

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autore di fantascienza e inventore britannico 1917 - 2008

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