Arthur C. Clarke

Author of The War of the Worlds and 20+ Books

Arthur C. Clarke


One of the most important and influential figures in science fiction in the 20th century was Arthur Charles Clarke. Before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956, he spent the first half of his life in England where he served as a radar operator in World War Two. He is best known for the 2001 novel and film: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the help of Stanley Kubrick. Clarke was a graduate of Kings College, London, where he was awarded first-clas... s honors in physics and math. He is past Chairman of the British Interplanetary Society, a member of the Academy of Astronautics, the Royal Astronomical Society, and many other scientific organizations. Author of over 50 books, his numerous awards include the 1961 Kalinga Prize, the AAAS-Westinghouse Science Writing Prize, the Bradford Washburn Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for his novel Rendezvous With Rama. Clarke also won the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award in 1972, 1974 and 1979, the World Science Fiction Convention's Hugo Award in 1974 and 1980, and the Science Fiction Writers of America's Grand Master in 1986. In 1989, he was awarded the CBE.READ MORE

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My favourite definition of an intellectual: 'Someone who has been educated beyond his/her intelligence.
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Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering.

La única posibilidad de descubrir los límites de lo posible es aventurarse un poco más allá de ellos, hacia lo imposible.

Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.

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Then he [The Star Child] waited, marshaling his thoughts and brooding over his still untested powers. For though he was master of the world, he was not quite sure what to do next. But he would think of something.

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