Sir Arthur Charles Clarke Biography
(Science-Fiction Writer Known for His Novels: ‘Childhood's End’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and ‘Rendezvous with Rama’)
Birthday: December 16, 1917 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Minehead, Somerset, England
Sir Arthur Clarke was a British science fiction writer, inventor and futurist. For a long time, Clarke Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction. A multi-faceted personality, he had served in the Royal Air Force during the World War II and served as the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society. He was an adventurous person who migrated to Sri Lanka to pursue his interest in Scuba Diving—and discovered the ruins of an ancient temple by chance. He was a prolific writer who had written more than 100 books, guided by his keen observation, imagination and scientific attitude. He had an uncanny ability for predicting futuristic technologies long before they became a reality. In his writings he had predicted the concept of satellite communication, space shuttles, super-fast computers, and many other innovations that ultimately came to be in reality. Since he had worked in scientific research, his writings usually revolved around space travel, explorations and futuristic inventions. His first novel ‘The Sands of Mars’ concerns a story about the exploration of the surface of Mars, while his second novel ‘Prelude to Space’ is a fiction about astronauts traveling to the moon. The astonishing fact is that they were written in the early 1950’s—years before space travel became a reality!