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Clarke 100th birthday celebrated

17forclarkeArthur C Clarke, whose 100th birth anniversary on Saturday was being marked by devoted readers in events all over the world, once told The Telegraph newspaper in an interview at his home in Sri Lanka that “my favourite book is The Songs of Distant Earthwhich he wrote in 1986.

He is best known, of course, for his collaboration with Stanley Kubrick to produce the 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

His many well known works include Childhood’s End (1953), Earthlight (1955), The City and the Stars (1956), Rendezvous with Rama (1973), and The Fountains of Paradise (1979).

In a just broadcast BBC Radio 4 programme, Inside Science, presenter Adam Rutherford described Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, who was born in Minehead, Somerset, on December 16, 1917, and died aged 90 in Sri Lanka on March 19, 2018, as “surely the UK’s greatest science fiction writer”.

The programme highlighted Clarke’s ability to predict technological developments, especially geostationary communications satellites, the Internet and space travel.

Rutherford said “as a child he was an avid star gazer”; “served as a radar specialist in the RAF during the war and afterwards studied mathematics and physics at King’s College London where he got a first”; how one of his early short stories, sent into a BBC completion which Clarke did not win, was “subsequently published in 1951 called The Sentinel“; and “this would eventually evolve into 2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Marcus Chown , astrophysicist and cosmology consultant for the New Scientist magazine who admitted reading The City and the Stars at 13 “blew my mind”, stressed: “There is this element of mysticism which infuses all of his work.

“He is very much interested in the next stage in our evolution.”

Courtesy – The Telegraph

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