And Now We Know Why

A few years ago, in 2015, I presented evidence that strongly suggested that the rumors concerning Arthur C. Clarke being a pedophile were correct. However, the initial public reports by a reporter working for News of the World and the Sunday Mirror were never followed up on by the media and were subsequently dismissed as aberrations without anyone ever actually being refuted. Now we know why they never led anywhere.

The News of the World spiked an exclusive story exposing the science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke as a paedophile, according to a new book about life inside the newspaper whose closure was announced a year ago today.

In Hack, an account of his nerve-shredding days as a reporter on the News of the World and then the Sunday Mirror, Graham Johnson claims that although the NOTW prided itself on outing pederasts, editors made an exception for Mr Clarke because he was a friend of Rupert Murdoch.

Through BSkyB, the tycoon commercially exploited the futurologist’s theory that satellites would be ideal for communications and praised him in public. As a result, according to Mr Johnson, who by that time had been sacked by the NOTW and had joined the Sunday Mirror, a story by reporter Roger Insall about Mr Clarke’s alleged abuse of adolescent boys was never published for fear of upsetting the proprietor.

Tipped off about the story, the Sunday Mirror sent Mr Johnson to Colombo, where he extracted an confession from the author that he paid boys for sex. “I have never had the slightest interest in children – boys or girls. They should be treated in the same way. But once they have reached the age of puberty, then it is OK,” Mr Clarke was quoted as saying in the Sunday Mirror. “If the kids enjoy it and don’t mind it doesn’t do any harm … there is a hysteria about the whole thing in the West.”

Mr Clarke subsequently denied he was a paedophile, saying: “The allegations are wholly denied.” But he never sued the Sunday Mirror and died aged 90 at his Sri Lanka home in 2008.

Speaking to The Independent yesterday, Mr Johnson said: “Roger [Insall] said that because Arthur C Clarke was a mate of Rupert Murdoch, the editor wasn’t having any of it and despite Roger getting a lot of evidence that Clarke was a paedophile they wouldn’t publish it.”

It’s probably not a coincidence that Murdoch has himself been accused of harboring similar predilections.

Full disclosure: Castalia House publishes several Clarke stories in the THERE WILL BE WAR series. We will continue to publish them despite our belief in Mr. Clarke’s misdeeds because a) they are very good stories, b) I do not believe the work is inseparable from the author, and c) Mr. Clarke derives zero benefit from their publication.

In like manner, we will not refuse to publish H.P. Lovecraft because he is accused of racism, John C. Wright because he is accused of Catholicism, Vox Day because he is accused of white supremacism, or Owen Benjamin because he is accused of heightism, regardless of how substantive or insubstantial the accusations may be.

UPDATE: A reader writes about his experience meeting Mr. Clarke in Sri Lanka.

Very interesting post about Arthur C. Clarke. I actually met him in spring 1988 at his house in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I found him simply by looking in the phone book, called the number, and he answered and invited me over straightaway. I was delighted to meet him, but very surprised to see something like ten to fifteen 11-year-olds running around the house like pets. I was 19 at the time, and made no question of it, just noted it in my head.

A few weeks later I met an expat living in Sri Lanka who said there were two reasons why Arthur C. Clarke moved to the remote island nation of Sri Lanka, the official reason, and the actual reason. The official reason: the sacred mountain was visible from space, and this was where the aliens would land when they came to earth, and he didn’t want to miss it. The actual reason: loads of 11-year-old boys, and very little legal consequence for taking advantage of them. He said that “everyone” in Sri Lanka knew this, but nobody talked about it except in knowing smirks and nods.

Bindtaria Begins

Total: 140.5 percent of goal

The Iliad Library edition: 483/500

The Iliad Libraria edition: 49

The Odyssey: 471/500

The Odyssey Libraria edition: 50

Heidi German edition: 62

Homer Ebook sets: 88

Thanks very much to everyone who took part. We will be signing the lease for the building and starting to acquire the machines very soon, and we expect to officially begin initial setup and training operations in January. Our objective – and I cannot stress this enough, it is an objective – is to produce our first sample products in March. Rest assured that we’ll be taking lots of pictures of the process and posting them along the way.


Bindery Campaign Final Update

Days Left: LAST DAY

Status: 127.7 percent of goal

The Iliad: 438/500

The Odyssey: 425/500 

This is the last day of the Castalia Bindery Campaign. Please note that we will not be producing more of these limited collector’s editions once the Special Bindery Editions are completed, so if you’re on the fence about whether to dive in or not, this is your last opportunity. They will be removed from the site at approximately 9 AM Eastern tomorrow morning.

Thanks very much to everyone who helped make this a successful campaign from Day One.

Bindery Campaign Update 26

Days Left: 2

Status: 104.2 percent of goal!

The Iliad: 355/500

The Odyssey: 346/500 

I’m extremely pleased to be able to announce that the Castalia Bindery campaign has been a complete success! Yesterday afternoon, the Books For Frens group placed their orders on behalf of the selected recipients and that pushed the campaign across the finish line. Thanks to everyone who supported it!

What’s particularly remarkable is that the campaign has actually exceeded the original Alt-Hero campaign that got this whole process started, but since it didn’t utilize Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or any other crowdfunding site, we’ll be able to devote at least an additional $20k to the purpose rather than the process. This is an important proof of concept, and means that we’ll be able to operate at an even higher level of efficiency and stewardship in the future.

We very much appreciate all the Bindery backers, and also wish to single out Cactus Eater Bear, who was the architect of the Books For Frens operation that was completely unknown to us, but is an excellent reminder of the value of effective independent action in parallel with the primary effort. Well done, everyone!

There are still two days left, so if you’re interested in obtaining either the Library or the Libraria editions of The Iliad and The Odyssey, now is the time to act. Of all the books we’ve done to date, these will almost certainly be the most collectible over time, as in addition to being the first products of the new bindery, they will have a smaller print run than anything we intend to do in the future.

Green light means go!


Bindery Campaign Update 21

Days Left: 7

Status: 88.4 percent of goal.

The Iliad: 303/500

The Odyssey: 290/500 

As requested, we have also added an additional support option for those who wish to support the creation of the Castalia Bindery but a) don’t want the actual books, b) can’t afford them, or c) prefer a pure support option that doesn’t impose any production costs.

So, we’ve added the Leather Ebook option for the final week of the campaign. For $50, buyers will receive both ebook editions of THE ILIAD and THE ODYSSEY, as well as an SG Bindery badge. Please note that it is NOT necessary for those who have already bought one of the books – or the German HEIDI, for that matter – to buy this option, as they will also receive the ebooks and the badge when they become available.