Sir Arthur Charles Clarke: 1917 - 2008

  • During his life he produced many timeless works, not the least of which was 2001: A Space Odyssey. Originally written as a short story, The Sentinel, his book was produced as part of the same project from which the movie was developed. The movie, which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, became a classic of science-fiction that earned fame enough to lend its name to NASA’s Mars mission the Odyssey.

  • One of the world’s most renowned science-fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, known most popularly for his work with Stanley Kubrick on the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, died in his Sri Lankan home on the morning of March 18, 2008 at the age of 90. As well as his novels, he involved himself in non-fiction works on film, short stories and television – producing more than 100 books over his life. Throughout his life he achieved many awards, including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.

  • From his birth in Minehead, Somerset, England on the 16th of December 1917, Sir Arthur Charles Clarke grew to become a figurehead of science-fiction and an advocate of all things space-oriented. From his home-made telescope as a boy, to his work on the first radar system in the Royal Navy, Arthur C. Clarke was fascinated by technology and its potential for the human race.

  • Not only did his imagination bring to the world many iconic images, but was known on several occasions to have almost prophetic ideas about the inventions and ways of the future, a topic he often dabbled in. Among his forecasts was the concept of satellite communications.

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