Arthur C. Clarke

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Clarke, Arthur C.

(Sir Arthur Charles Clarke), 1917–2008, British science fiction writer. During World War II he served as a radar instructor and aviator in the Royal Air Force. After the war he obtained a degree in physics and mathematics from King's College, London (1948) and in 1956 he settled permanently in Sri Lanka. His popular, technologically realistic books and stories are based not solely on imagination but also on scientific fact and theory. His works blend dread and wonder as they examine the search for meaning in the universe and as they champion the idea that humanity's future lies far beyond Earth. Among his nearly 100 books are Childhood's End (1953), The Nine Billion Names of God (1967), Rendezvous with Rama (1973), and The Songs of Distant Earth (1983); he alwo wrote more than 1,000 short stories and essays. In 1968 he collaborated with filmmaker Stanley KubrickKubrick, Stanley
, 1928–99, American film director, writer, and producer, b. New York City. His visually stunning, thematically daring, boldly idiosyncratic, and darkly compelling films generally portray a deeply flawed humanity.
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 on 2001: A Space Odyssey, a novel that became an extremely successful motion picture with a screenplay also co-written by Kubrick and Clarke. Three novelistic sequels by Clarke followed, the last in 1997. Clarke's Collected Stories were published in 2001. Many of his ideas proved to be prophetic. In 1945, for instance, Clarke proposed the concept of positioning an artificial satellite in an orbit in which it circles the earth every 24 hours, thus appearing stationary to the locale below. Today, dozens of such communications satellites orbit the earth in a geosynchronous circuit known as the Clarke orbit. He was knighted in 1998.


See his Astounding Days: A Science Fictional Autobiography (1990); biography by N. McAleer (1992); study by J. D. Olander and M. H. Greenberg, ed. (1977), G. E. Slusser (1977), E. S. Rabkin (1979), and J. Hollow (1983).

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MAY I second the sentiments of Space Cadet in his extolling of Arthur C Clarke as one of mankind's real gentlemen (Mailbag March 25).
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STUDENTS, space enthusiasts, politicians and Buddhist monks last night paid their respects to Arthur C Clarke, the prophetic British science fiction writer whose body has been put on display for public viewing in Sri Lanka before burial today.
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BRITISH astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has paid tribute to his friend, the science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke, after his death in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.
VISIONARY: Sir Arthur C Clarke wrote more than 100 books including 2001: A Space Odyssey; FRIEND: Sir Patrick Moore
Sir Arthur C Clarke, a British author of science fiction books, has died of respiratory complications and heart failure at the age of 90.
Science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke said yesterday he had been invited to London to receive his knighthood after child abuse accusations against him were found to be false.
Child sex scandal author Arthur C Clarke was warned last night not to meet Prince Charles.
That Arthur C Clarke is a genius, there can be no doubt.
The Arthur C Clarke award has been running since 1987 and is named after one of the UK's bestselling science fiction writers, reports The Guardian.
In Sri Lanka, one civil servant said: "How would Prince Charles feel honouring this man when he has two sons the same ages as the boys Arthur C Clarke abused?