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PLAGIARISM OR PARADOX: A CASE OF CONVERGENT FICTIONS IN THE WORK OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE AND RAY BRADBURY

The well-known Arthur C. Clarke short story “History Lesson” (1949) closely resembles in theme, content and structure, an obscure, early short story by Ray Bradbury, “The Secret” (ca. 1940). This article examines the likelihood and difficulty of making a case for plagiarism against other possible explanations for this close similarity, considered in the literary, social and historical context of science fiction and pulp writing in the mid-twentieth century.
“I've been writing Arthur C. Clarke ripoffs for years, I can highly recommend this approach, as my Sri Lankan houseboys will attest.” – Arthur C. Clarke (apocryphal)
The Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) short story, “History Lesson”, first published in Startling Stories in May 1949, is widely regarded as a classic, having been anthologized on at least a hundred occasions in multiple languages since first publication (Internet Speculative Fiction Database). The story consists of two parts, the first part describes the last humans on a…

WHY CHRIS TROTTER IS A "USEFUL IDIOT"

Sometimes I haul on the hazmat suit and read the Daily Blog. This particular bloviating pontification by Chris Trotter caught my eye on the whole business with that Canadian dollar store Tomi Lahren, Lauren Southern, and that creepy Renfew thing, Stefan Molyneux, being denied use of the Bruce Mason Centre by Phil Goff and Auckland Council for their little Nuremberg Rally Lite, and I felt I had to respond. I quote Trotts in italics. THAT THE INSPIRATION for this posting came from a man who spent his life studying grizzly bears is entirely fitting. The free speech debate of the past fortnight has seen more than a few angry grizzlies come galloping out of the woods. The question in most need of an urgent answer is – why? What is it that leads the Right to defend the principle of free speech so vigorously? And why has the contemporary Left departed so dramatically from Noam Chomsky’s free-speech absolutism? Well, Chris, the answer to that is because the Far Right overlapping with the Alt Ri…