No a bad look at the typical things people rave about and putting them into perspective. Indeed as the title says the Author cant be arsed; unfortunately this translates to not being arsed at being all that entertaining at times.
Whereas Clarks' ideas are generally excellent, his stories sometimes are a let down. Earthlight happily, is a much better than average story by C. Clarke set in and around the moon in an essentially plausible future. Fun to read and paced well, the scientists may work out the `answer' before the end, but not all the details.
Essentially made up of 3 stories (same characters, different life stages) The Deep Range tells part of the life story of a submariner through various stages of responsibility for ensuring the safety of farmed whales, which account for a significant proportion of the worlds food supply. The idea is a bit silly, and approaching 50 years writing now seems very silly, but Clarke manages to make it seem viable in the world of the book. The problem is, not a lot actually happens. And the few times there is the option of something interesting happening, it tends not to. Thus is so in real life, but if I wanted real life I wouldn't be reading a Science Fiction book. The characters are a little better than some of his other works, but there is more than a hint of misogyny.A great Idea book by Clarke, with an overall message that is a worthy one, but unfortunately this time Clarke's predictive abilities have let him down and a future very different to the one envisaged here is playing out
A good story again from Clarke, with some similarity to many of his other works. As ever there are some aspects that leave you slack jawed in astonishment at what he says, but this was written many years ago in a different time. The story is essentially believable, and well written with a suitable twist at the end. Look out for the gross failure of Clarke to predict the modern computer, at times it is hilariously jarring.