Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
Arthur C. Clarke
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Sir Arthur C. ClarkeCBE, FRAS, Sri Lankabhimanya Arthur C. Clarke at his home office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28 March 2005 Born 16 December 1917Minehead, Somerset, England, United Kingdom Died 19 March 2008 (aged 90)Colombo, Sri Lanka Pen name Charles Willis,E.G. O’Brien Occupation Author, inventor Nationality British Citizenship United Kingdom, Sri Lanka Alma mater King’s College London Genres Hard science fictionPopular science Subjects Science Notable work(s) Profiles of the Future2001: A Space Odyssey Spouse(s) Marilyn Mayfield (1953–1964) www.clarkefoundation.org
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS, Sri Lankabhimanya, (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the “Big Three” of science fiction.
Clarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor and technician from 1941 to 1946. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system—an idea that, in 1963, won him the Franklin Institute‘s Stuart Ballantine Medal. He was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1947–1950 and again in 1953.
In 1956, Clarke emigrated to Sri Lanka, largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving. That year, he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998, and was awarded Sri Lanka’s highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.