“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” – Arthur C. Clarke
Born in England on this date in 1917, Clarke wrote dozens of best-selling science fiction books and short stories but is perhaps best known for penning the screenplay for one of the top 100 movies of all time, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
A lifelong proponent of space travel, he joined the British Interplanetary Society while still a teenager and ultimately served for many years as its chairman. Not only a writer but also a gifted thinker and planner, he proposed a prototype satellite communication system as early in 1945.
Clarke emigrated from England to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in 1956, to pursue his interest in scuba diving. There, he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram Temple off its coast. Clarke augmented his popularity as a writer by hosting several international popular television shows, including the award winning “Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World.”
The author of 21 novels, 15 nonfiction books, and 12 collections of short stories, Clarke was knighted for his achievements by Queen Elizabeth, named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America, and awarded Sri Lanka’s highest civilian honor for his service to science, culture and his adopted nation.
“The only way to discover the limits of the possible,” Clarke once said, “is to go beyond them into the impossible.”
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