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Superiority

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"Superiority" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1951. It depicts an arms race, and shows how the side which is more technologically advanced can be defeated, despite its apparent superiority, because of its own organizational flaws and its willingness to discard old technology without having fully perfected the new.
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Published August 3rd 2012 (first published August 1951)
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Barron
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Timeless Insight Into Why Military Programs Go Wrong: The history of defense program failures was foretold in 1953.

From Bill Sweetman:

The best 4,000 words you’ll ever read about 21st-century defense procurement were written more than 60 years ago by a former Royal Air Force radar boffin, Arthur C. Clarke, who would go on to become a lauded science-fiction luminary.

“Superiority” was published in Clarke’s 1953 story collection, Expedition to Earth. The setting is familiar, because it’s the backdro
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Steven
Cautionary tale about the use of new, untried technology.

"IN MAKING THIS STATEMENT - which I do of my own free will - I wish first to make it perfectly clear that I am not in any way trying to gain sympathy, nor do I expect any mitigation of whatever sentence the Court may pronounce. I am writing this in an attempt to refute some of the lying reports broadcast over the prison radio and published in the papers I have been allowed to see. These have given an entirely false picture of the true caus
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C.S.  Ferrier
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of the most famous of all Clarke's short stories.

A great story of interstellar warfare narrated by the commanding officer of the technologically superior but ultimately defeated forces of a great war in space. It tells of how their technological superiority was the watershed for their eventual defeat. Quite a interesting an: fun read.

Bonus note: It has a great ending.

Maggie Gordon
A cautionary tale of chasing the latest scientific breakthrough without doing adequate cost-benefit analyses. What is out-of-date may be vastly effective against super weapons that aren't quite perfected yet...
Melissa
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Better is often the enemy of the Good, and the Best can be the enemy of both, as it is always too late.

Or, don't let your theory guy change the paradigm of your wartech in the midst of the fight.
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Arthur Charles Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke was a graduate of King
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