I Remember Babylon

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"I Remember Babylon"
Author Arthur C. Clarke
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in Playboy
Publication date May, 1960

"I Remember Babylon" is a science fiction short story by Arthur C. Clarke. It was first published in Playboy in March 1960, and reprinted in the 1962 collection Tales of Ten Worlds.

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The story takes the form of a non-fiction article by Clarke in which he warns the United States that the People's Republic of China is planning to, using a Russian rocket, launch a communications satellite in geostationary orbit to broadcast directly to Americans. The satellite will offer an uncensorable mix of heterosexual and homosexual pornography (using the Kinsey Report as market research), gore (such as details of bullfights and photographic evidence from the Nuremberg trials), and communist propaganda. The American ex-ad man and Communist sympathizer that reveals the plan to Clarke thanks his influential 1945 article on satellite transmission for giving China the idea, and boasts that "History is on our side. We'll be using America's own decadence as a weapon against her, and it's a weapon for which there's no defence".

One of the pornographic films in the story is described as depicting the erotic sculptures of the Konark Sun Temple in Odisha (Clarke uses the variant spelling of "Konarak").

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