Archive for the ‘Clarke’ Category

One of the only authors in this alphabet who has been knighted, his name is Sir Arthur C. Clarke. He was considered Along with Hienlein and Asimov to be one of the “Big Three” of Science Fiction, although this seems unfair since that trio really specialized in “hard science fiction”, so the title maybe un-fair on many levels.

He was a very intelligent and technically accomplished man, he served as a radar man during World War II, he has a Geo-Stationary Orbit named after him, “The Clarke Orbit”, and garnered many titles before his death in 2008 at the age of 90.

The motion pictures based on his books “2001 A space Odyssey” and it’s sequel were extraordinarily successful  and Clarke requires little introduction.

An interesting detail about his life that not many know is that he was a gay man, and moved to Sri Lanka because of their more tolerant attitude towards homosexuality. He was an accomplished Diver, and in his life time made several valuable underwater discoveries including a ruined temple, and a sunken ship that contained a fortune in silver coins.

Clarke was a Utopian visionary, believing that wisdom and learning could save mankind, and make us not only a successful species but good custodians of the Universe.

If you are looking for a good read from this author, and don’t want to go for his most popular works, “Childhood’s End” is widely considered his best work, although I also found “Rendezvous with Rama” to be very stimulating.


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