New Book: “The Oracle of Colombo” by Joseph N Pelton


Oracle of ColomboWritten by a member of Space Policy’s Editorial Board (Joseph N Pelton):

The Oracle of Colombo: How Arthur C. Clarke Revealed the Future

One of the pivotal minds of the 20th century was none other than Sir Arthur C. Clarke. No other forecaster of the future even comes close. This newly released book from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation, entitled The Oracle of Colombo and written by Dr. Joseph N. Pelton and skillfully edited by Peter Marshall, provides a thoughtful, delightful and often wry romp through Clarke’s extraordinary range of predictions. The list of accurate and compelling forecasts is truly mind-boggling. Here we find amazing predictions about communications, navigation and weather satellites, new types of “green” energy systems, transportation, driverless cars, cell phones, artificial intelligence, DNA Testing, space travel and more.


“The Oracle of Colombo”, by award winning author Joseph N. Pelton reveals the extraordinary vision and insights of futurist Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Many know Clarke as the author of “2001: A Space Odyssey” and the inventor of the geostationary communication satellite, but we learn from Pelton’s book, that Clarke also predicted everything from driverless cars, DNA testing, and the Internet, to clean fusion energy and the global explosion of mobile phones. To grasp the full range of Clarke’s wit, wisdom and vision, order your copy now!” – Peter H. Diamandis, CEO & Chairman, XPRIZE, Co-Founder, International Space University, Co-Founder, Singularity University

“Joe Pelton has, in this book, captured Sir Arthur’s spirit of adventure, innovation and invention and has highlighted many of his predictions in so many different fields.Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Chairman of the Brtish Interplanetary Society Council in 1946-47 and again in 1951-53, was a great visionary. I am honored to follow in his footsteps…” – Alistair D. Scott, FBIS. Chairman, British Interplanetary Society

Arthur C. Clarke comes alive in Joe Pelton’s narrative, as a man whose striking powers of imagination, scientific prescience and moral concern combined to provide humankind a lasting model of how to think about the future. While the scope of Clarke’s concerns was vasthis focus on the implications of technology for human society was singular – Amy Zalman, Ph.D., President, World Future Society

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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