Arthur C. Clarke : Biography

Arthur Charles Clarke was born in Somerset, England on December 16, 1917. Interested in science from childhood, Clarke mapped the Moon with the aid of a telescope of his own construction. When growing up, he lacked the financial resources to go to college and worked as a government auditor. He also joined a small, advanced group that called itself the British Interplanetary Society. In 1941, Clarke enlisted in the Royal Air Force and became a radar instructor. While he was in the service, he published his first science fiction stories and wrote an article called "Extra-Terrestrial Relays" for the magazine Wireless World. In this article, he predicted in detail how man-made satelittes could be placed in orbits of the Earth that would allow them to be used to broadcast radio and television signals around the world. Although his idea was met with much skepticism by the scientific community, twenty years later the Early Bird synchronous satellite was launched, bringing his fantastic idea into the realm of reality. Clarke continued to write, becoming a distinguished science fiction author with dozens of collections of short stories and novels that described in detail the possibilities of human exploration of space. He also wrote a large number of scientific essays, many of which have been published in collections. In the 1950s, Clarke developed an interest in undersea exploration and moved to Sri Lanka, where he began a second career in undersea photography. As a consequence, he undertook a number of books on this topic. In the 1960s, Clarke collaborated with movie director Stanley Kubrick to produce the highly-acclaimed film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on Clarke's short story "The Sentinel." A sequel film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact was produced in 1984 based on Clarke's novel 2010: Odyssey Two. Clarke's most famous works are the four novels in the "Space Odyssey" series and the four novels in the "Rama" series, the last three of which were cowritten with former NASA scientist Gentry Lee. Clarke has pledged to be alive in the year 2001 to "see what really happens."

Arthur C. Clarke : Bibliography


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Misc. Contributions