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July 20, 2019: A Day in the Life of the 21st Century

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Futurists will welcome this book by the science fiction community's prolific dean whose 1963 classic Profiles of the Future defined possible futures, some of which already have come true. Clarke rejects any label as prophet; as per Profiles' subtitle, he deals with "limits of the possible." In July 20, 2019, he views a day in the life of the 21st century. The oversize, ill ...more
Paperback, An Omni book, 281 pages
Published April 28th 1987 by Grafton (first published October 1st 1986)
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Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, I thought that it might be fun to look at a book that, first published in 1987, tried to imagine what it would be like on July 20th 2019.

It is a coffee table book, in a large format, that is meant to impress. I love the cover art, created by Tim White, which shows a huge aircraft flying towards the reader whilst flying over a road which has futuristic cars and lorries speeding along it and a city in the distance.

In his introduction, S
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I did not know "July 20, 2019" existed until, well, July 20, 2019. One of my coworkers put this book on display at the library, and today at work I nabbed it off the shelf (where not a single patron even spared a glance at it. Naturally, my maternal librarian instincts kicked in, and I was forced to rescue this poor, overlooked, outcast book from an inevitable death by dust bunnies.) I have worked at this library for 8 years, and I never once knew it was in our collection. Which is odd, because ...more
Jim Razinha
I found this in an antique store a couple of months ago and as I’d never seen a copy before, nor expect to again, I bought it. Published in 1986, it is Clarke’s vision of what life in the 21st century would be like. Being Clarke, one would assume that the predictions were more educated than not, but quite a bit of this is fanciful wishful thinking. Right off the bat, the Introduction is a Letter from a Lunar Inhabitant. That humans haven’t “set foot” outside of low Earth orbit since 1972 certain ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
An intriguing book which I'd deliberately put aside so that I could be about half-way through it on the titular date. Not speculative fiction, but rather a series of speculative essays on how life might be expected to be lived in 2019, as seen from the mid- to late- 1980s. The book is listed as being edited by Clarke with work by some dozen or more contributors, but it is often difficult to tell how much of the writing is the contributors' and how much is Clarke's own.

As might be expected from a
Ross Vincent
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-2019, non-fiction
Science Fiction Giant Arthur C Clarke wrote this book back in the early 80's; in it, he made "predictions" of what life would be like on July 20, 2019.


Well, he was off on a few things. There was no WWIII; instead, we have the War on Terror, again Non-Nation enemies. There are no radical ideas on death and living past 100 - human race recognizes that death is going to happen. There are no wild medical practices for health, sexuality and mental health. The ideas of living in space is still a
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that was interesting the first time I read it, when it was new in 1986. Rediscovered it on my bookshelf and decided I would read it the week before 7/20/2019. Finishing it today, the date of the book, there were many more misses than hits. No cell phones or much internet discussed even though they were already in their infancy. He has full blown WWIII in Europe with the USSR as the aggressor, but no middle east wars. Overall an interesting read of what someone thought the world would look ...more
Nicholas Bobbitt
While this is supposedly a nonfiction attempt look into the future, it reads more like science-fiction and wild speculation than something which involved any real research. Clarke writes well but has little to offer in terms of sources for his claims on humanity's future, and the book suffers for that. Had he given some professional opinions or resources for his claims, the book would be much better off. As it stands, it was an enjoyable read I was annoyed did not have any footnoted sources or a ...more
Laura Latinski
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I read it when I was a teenager, and have always planned to read it on the exact date. Many of his predictions did come true, and many did not. It's a great mix of bitter pessimism and almost childlike optimism and everything in between. ...more
Jose Torroja Ribera
Muy interesante, pero las cosas no han ido tan rápido como Clarke creía.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a little crazy to read this book on this day. Some of it is hilariously wrong, but he got more right than you’d expect.

Michael Roman
A fun coffee table, the future had so much potential.
Abraham Revilla
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toda una visión, nada alejada de la realidad, de lo que nos depara el futuro (ya no tan lejano) y, considerando que el libro se escribió en 1987, muchas cosas que vienen ahí ya se han cumplido. ¡Me encantó!
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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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