Neha Patil

Armaments Race

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Author  Arthur C. Clarke
Language  English
Published in  Adventure
Country  United Kingdom
Genre(s)  Science fiction
Series  Tales from the White Hart

"Armaments Race" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke, first published in 1954, and later anthologized in Tales from the White Hart. Like the rest of the collection, it is a frame story set in the pub "White Hart", where the fictional Harry Purvis narrates the secondary tale.

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Plot

This comic story discusses the career of Hollywood special effects man Solly Blumberg after he is hired to create mock weapons as set pieces for a science-fiction serial featuring "Captain Zoom" and various alien adversaries. Blumberg becomes involved in what is effectively an arms race as he creates weapons for both the protagonist of the series and his adversaries. The weapons he creates become increasingly elaborate, until he accidentally creates a piece that is functional in the real world and burns down the studio, upon which he is sacked.

Publication

The piece was later published as the fourth story in Clarke's collection Tales from the White Hart. The story pokes fun at the stereotypical pulp science fiction of the time.

References

Armaments Race Wikipedia


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