Even in death, Arthur C. Clarke would not compromise his vision.

On March 19, 2008, at the age of 90, Arthur C. Clarke passed away in Sri Lanka due to acute breathing problems. He had also been suffering a post-polio syndrome for decades and had been using a wheelchair. The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse paid his tribute and respects to Clarke by referring to him as a great visionary. Clarke had wanted a secular private funeral for which he had left strict instructions. Also according to his will, Clarke was buried in the family plot of Hector Ekanayake, his business partner in Sri Lanka. Clarke lived with Ekanayake’s family.

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I’m sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I’ve had a diverse career
as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science populariser. Of all these, I
want to be remembered most as a writer — one who entertained readers, and, hopefully,
stretched their imagination as well.
—Arthur C. Clarke

Clarke - If I Forget Thee Oh Earth

After World War II erupted in 1939, Arthur Clarke joined the Royal Air Force and served as a radar instructor and technician from 1941 to 1946. He was an officer in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment, the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials. The technique is used by aircraft control to guide aircraft to a safe landing based on radar images during inclement weather. Clarke’s only non-science-fiction novel, Glide Path, was based on his experiences in this project. After the war, Clarke returned to London, where he was awarded a Fellowship at King’s College, London, where he obtained a first class honors degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1948. He also returned to the British Interplanetary Society, and served as the Society’s president in 1946-47 and 1951-1953.

While nothing exceptional for , it's particularly jarring to see it in Clarke's context.


For all its scientific realism, 2001: A Space Odyssey is also an exciting and entertaining read. Particularly in comparison to the film, it rattles along at a thrilling pace; Clarke moves us swiftly from the appearance of the first monolith on prehistoric earth – which so startles and unnerves the man-apes who are the ancestors of the human race – to a chilling episode on board the Discovery, when a mission to Saturn is jeopardised by the increasing mental instability of the ship’s computer, HAL 9000. The final section of the book, in which the isolated David Bowman explores a ‘Grand Central Station of the Galaxy’, is a frightening, extraordinary and undoubtedly joyful trip to the very limits of human experience.

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Clarke worked for decades in television, bringing scientific and engineering achievements to people’s homes across the world. He worked alongside Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra for the CBS coverage of the Apollo 12 and 15 space missions in the United States. His TV series Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World (1981), Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers (1984), and Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious Universe (1994) have been shown in many countries around the world. Clarke also contributed to other TV series about space, such as Walter Cronkite’s Universe series in 1981.

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Every bit as ambitious and prophetic as the film that shared its inception, Arthur C. Clarke’s novel remains a towering science-fiction classic. This is the first illustrated edition.

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Arthur C. Clarke, the Humanist
Arthur Clarke was always interested in the future of human race, not only in terms of what that future might look like, technologically speaking, but also in terms of what kind of a world we, the current inhabitants of our home planet, would leave to the future generations. As a result, Clarke was always concerned about the relationship of the human race to the natural world around it.

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Developed from Arthur C. Clarke’s short story ‘The Sentinel’ and brainstormed together with legendary film director Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey(1968) has had an indelible impact on both cinema and genre literature. Written alongside the screenplay, the book stands on its own merits as a visionary work: a powerful exploration of space, artificial intelligence and the destiny of humanity.