Childhood's End
Imperial Earth
Arthur Koestler
Royal Air Force
Morgan Freeman
(Movies & TV)
Jack Sarfatti
Gentry Lee

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Arthur C. Clarke

Knowledge Identifier: +Arthur_C._Clarke


Arthur C. Clarke

British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001 add

Category: Literature

Born in 1917.

Countries: United States (41%), United Kingdom (31%), Sri Lanka (16%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Childhood's End, Imperial Earth, Arthur Koestler

Linked to: King's College London, Royal Air Force, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Franklin Institute




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Arthur C. Clarke was born in 1917 add something


Clarke has said of Stapledon's 1930 book "Last and First Men" that "No other book had a greater influence on my life add something


Clarke corresponded with C. S. Lewis in the 1940s and 1950s and they once met in an Oxford pub, The Eastgate, to discuss science fiction and space travel add something


Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941 to 1946 add something


He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer on 27 May 1943 add something


He was promoted Flying Officer on 27 November 1943 add something


Flattered though I am, honesty compels me to point out that the concept of such an orbit predates my 1945 paper 'Extra Terrestrial Relays' by at least twenty years add something


He advanced this idea in a paper privately circulated among the core technical members of the BIS in 1945 add something


As the idea developed, they decided to loosely base the story on Clarke's short story, "The Sentinel", written in 1948 as an entry in a BBC short story competition add something


In 1948 he wrote "The Sentinel" for a BBC competition add something


In the 1950s I'd go out drinking with his boyfriend add something


Clarke and Heinlein began writing to each other after "The Exploration of Space" was published in 1951, and first met in person the following year add something


Clarke and Asimov first met in New York City in 1953, and they traded friendly insults and jibes for decades add something


This was explored in his 1953 novel "Childhood's End" and briefly touched upon in his novel "Imperial Earth" add something


Childhood's End - "'Childhood's End"' is a 1953 science fiction novel by the British author Arthur C. Clarke


According to John R. Pierce, of Bell Labs, who was involved in the Echo satellite and Telstar projects, he gave a talk upon the subject in 1954 , using ideas that were "in the air", but was not aware of Clarke's article at the time add something


Clarke lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008, having emigrated there when it was still called Ceylon, first in Unawatuna on the south coast, and in Colombo add something


In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving add something


The City and the Stars - "'The City and the Stars"' is a science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke, published in 1956


Other discoveries included Chola bronzes from the original shrine, and these discoveries were described in Clarke's 1957 book "The Reefs of Taprobane add something


His many predictions culminated in 1958 when he began a series of magazine essays that eventually became "Profiles of the Future," published in book form in 1962 add something


In 1961, while filming off Great Basses Reef, Wilson found a wreck and retrieved silver coins add something


Clarke completed a draft of the novel at the end of 1964 with the plan to publish in 1965 in advance of the film's release in 1966 add something


Kubrick and Clarke had met in New York City in 1964 to discuss the possibility of a collaborative film project add something


They separated permanently after six months, although the divorce was not finalised until 1964 add something


After many delays the film was released in the spring of 1968, before the book was completed add something


In the early 1970s Clarke signed a three-book publishing deal, a record for a science-fiction writer at the time add something


Childhood's End - Philip DeGuere, whose credits include the TV series Alias Smith and Jones developed a script in the late 1970s for Universal, who planned to film it initially as a six-hour mini-series for CBS Television, and later as a two- or three-hour telemovie for ABC. However, Universal discovered that its contracts with Arthur C. Clarke - some of which dated back to 1957 - were out of date


World Wide Web - In the May 1970 issue of "Popular Science" magazine, Arthur C. Clarke predicted that satellites would someday "bring the accumulated knowledge of the world to your fingertips" using a console that would combine the functionality of the photocopier, telephone, television and a small computer, allowing data transfer and video conferencing around the globe


Clarke's award-winning novel "Rendezvous with Rama" was optioned for filmmaking decades ago, but this motion picture is in "development hell" as of 2012 add something


In 1972, Clarke published "The Lost Worlds of 2001", which included his accounts of the production, and alternate versions, of key scenes add something


In 1972, Clarke put the "treaty" on paper in his dedication to "Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations" add something


The first of the three was "Rendezvous with Rama" in 1973, which won all the main genre awards and spawned sequels that, with the "2001" series, formed the backbone of his later career add something


In a 1974 taped interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the interviewer asked Clark how he believed the computer would change the future for the everyday person, and what life would be like around the year 2001 add something


Jack Sarfatti - The study was led by John Hasted, and on June 21 and 22, 1974, Hasted and Sarfatti joined David Bohm, Arthur Koestler, Arthur C. Clarke, and two of Geller's associates, Ted Bastin and Brendan O'Regan, to watch Geller display what he said were his psychokinetic powers


The Sri Lankan government offered Clarke resident guest status in 1975 add something


Imperial Earth - "'Imperial Earth"' is a science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke, and published in time for the U.S. bicentennial in 1976 by Ballantine Books


Cold War - Because of the political environment in America in the 1980s, the film presents a Cold War theme, with the looming tensions of nuclear warfare not featured in the novel add something


In the 1980s Clarke became well known to many for his television programmes "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World", "Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers" and "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious Universe" add something


Clarke's email correspondence with Hyams was published in 1984 add something


In 1984, Clarke testified before Congress against the Strategic Defense Initiative add something


Cyril Ponnamperuma - He was the first director of the " Arthur C. Clarke Centre for Modern Technologies" in Sri Lanka, and in 1984 was appointed science advisor to the President of Sri Lanka by the late President J. R. Jayewardene


In 1986 he was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America add something


Moorcock's assertion is not supported by other reports, although in an interview in the July 1986 issue of "Playboy" magazine, Clarke stated "Of course add something


Although the two reconciled formally, they remained distant until Heinlein's death in 1988 add something


In 1988 he was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, having originally contracted polio in 1962, and needed to use a wheelchair most of the time thereafter add something


In the 1989 Queen's Birthday Honours Clarke was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire "for services to British cultural interests in Sri Lanka" add something


The same year he became the first Chancellor of the International Space University, serving from 1989 to 2004 and he served as Chancellor of Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka from 1979 to 2002 add something


Gentry Lee - As an author he is best known for co-writing, with Arthur C. Clarke, the books "Cradle" in 1989, "Rama II" in 1989, "The Garden of Rama" in 1991 and "Rama Revealed" in 1993


Citing the numerous promising paranormal claims that were shown to be fraudulent, Clarke described his earlier openness to the paranormal having turned to being "an almost total sceptic" by the time of his 1992 biography add something


In 1994, Clarke appeared in a science fiction film; he portrayed himself in the telefilm "Without Warning", an American production about an apocalyptic alien first contact scenario presented in the form of a faux newscast add something


In the early 2000s, the actor Morgan Freeman expressed his desire to produce a movie based on "Rendezvous with Rama" add something


Letters Patent were issued by Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom on 16 March 2000 to authorise this add something


On 26 May 2000 he was made a Knight Bachelor "for services to literature" at a ceremony in Colombo add something


The film was to be produced by Freeman's production company, Revelations Entertainment, and David Fincher has been touted on Revelations' "Rama" web page as far back as 2001 as the film's director add something


Gale Anne Hurd - In 2003, she was *awarded the Telluride Tech Festival *award of Technology at Telluride, Colorado along with Sir Arthur C. Clarke


International Space University - Dordain succeeded the University's first Chancellor, Arthur C. Clarke, in 2004


Personal e-mail from Sir Arthur Clarke to Jerry Stone, Director of the Sir Arthur Clarke awards, 1 November 2006 add something


Steven Savile - He has edited and co-edited numerous anthologies, including the 2006 science fiction and fantasy anthology "Elemental", a benefit anthology for children who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that includes work by Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, David Drake, Jacqueline Carey, Martha Wells, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman, Eric Nylund, Sherrilyn Kenyon , Stel Pavlou, Michael Marshall Smith, Sean Williams, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson, and others


Bigelow Aerospace - On October 3, 2006, Bigelow Aerospace received the Innovator *award from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation


In December 2007 on his 90th birthday, Clarke recorded a video message to his friends and fans bidding them good-bye add something


In late 2008, Fincher stated the movie is unlikely to be made add something

Arthur C. Clarke died in 2008 add something


Frederik Pohl - He finished a novel begun by Arthur C. Clarke, "The Last Theorem," which was published on August 5, 2008


However, in 2010 it was announced that the film was still planned for future production and both Freeman and Fincher mentioned it as still needing a worthy script add something


This novel was made into a film, "2010", directed by Peter Hyams for release in 1984 add something


This novel was made into a film, "2010", directed by Peter Hyams for release in 1984 add something


Mike Vogel - In 2015, Vogel stars in a series named Childhood's End based on the novel Childhood End, written by Arthur C. Clarke