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voice across the sea the story of the deep sea cables and the men who made possible a century of ever improving communication by arthur c clarke

Voice Across the Sea : The story of the deep-sea cables and the men who made possible a century of ever-improving communication by Arthur C. Clarke


New York : Harper & Brothers, 1958. First American Edition. Stated. Hardcover. 208 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 21 cm. $3.75 dust jacket with scattered foxing to dust jacket and has minimal rips and tears to jacket edges. Pages are age toned and unmarked. Binding sound.

by Arthur C. Clarke

This is the story of man's newest victory in an age-old conflict—his war against the barrier seas. It is a story of great moral courage, of scientific skill, of million-dollar gambles. Voice Across the Sea tells the story from the laying of the first crude submarine cable in 1858 to the opening of the first telephone cable in 1956.

The first bridging of the Atlantic Ocean by cable was as exciting to the public as the crossing of space is today. Some of the most brilliant of Victorian journalists covered the cable-laying operations from the fabulous Great Eastern, and their eyewitness accounts of storms at sea, breaks in the cable, and other difficulties provide fascinating sidelights.

The story of the deep-sea cables is also the story of several remarkable (and often eccentric) geniuses, such as the financier-adventurer Cyrus Field and the scientists Lord Kelvin, Samuel Morse, Thomas Edison and Oliver Heaviside.

Voice Across the Sea gives a complete though nontechnical account of the many problems that had to be overcome before the cables could be laid. After explaining how the modern submerged repeater has revolutionized transoceanic communications, the book ends with a brief glimpse of the still more remarkable possibilities opened up by radio links in the earth satellites.

About the Author

ARTHUR C. CLARKE was born in Somerset, England. In his youth he spent much of his time building and tinkering with gadgets, including telescopes. After he joined the Royal Air Force in 1941, he lectured on radar and was later commissioned a Flight Lieutenant, becoming technical officer in charge of the first experimental Ground-Controlled Approach unit. He worked for a time with the American scientists who had developed this equipment, later assuming command for the R.A.F.

After the war, Mr. Clarke studied at Kings College, London, where he received his degree with First Class Honors in Physics and Mathematics. He is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and served as Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society for some years.

Interplanetary Flight was Mr. Clarke's first book, followed by The Exploration of Space and two other books on space travel. Meanwhile, he has also published thirteen books of science fiction. While he was becoming known as one of the foremost science-fiction writers on either side of the Atlantic, Mr. Clarke was also becoming an expert skin diver. He joined forces with Mike Wilson on an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef, which is described in The Coast of Coral. Clarke and Wilson made a trip to Ceylon the following year, and found it a fascinating place—see The Reefs of Taprobane.

Arthur Clarke returned to the United States and to his long-time interest in interspatial flight when he wrote The Making of a Moon, the story of the earth satellite program. His attention then turned to the transatlantic telephone cable. His research into the history of cable-laying has resulted in Voice Across the Sea.

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