|Author||Arthur C. Clarke|
|Series||Tales from the White Hart|
|Publication date||April 1954|
|Preceded by||"Patent Pending"|
|Followed by||"Critical Mass"|
"Armaments Race" is a science fiction short story by British writer 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.
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.
- "Bibliography: Armaments Race". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- Clarke, Arthur C. (1957). Tales from the White Hart. London: Ballantine Books. p. Forward.
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