SIR ARTHUR C. CLARKE
Welcome to a feature on one of the world's most well-known authors who died at 90.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was born on December 16, 1917 in Minehead, Somerset, England. His father was a farmer. Clarke studied at the prestigious King’s College in London and before turning into a science fiction writer, Clarke worked in scientific research.
Having authored more than 100 books, Clarke’s themed mostly revolved around explorations in the near and distant future. Some of his most widely read books include Prelude to Space (1951), which was also his first, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Rendezvous with Rama (1973) and The Fountains of Paradise (1979). A Space Odyssey by far remains his most famous work. The books also turned into a very successful film directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Clarke also produced sequels of A Space Odyssey. These sequels are 2010: Space Odyssey II, published in 1982 and released as a film in 1984, 2062: Odyssey III, published in 1988 and the last of the series 3001: The Final Odyssey, published in 1997. Some of his later publications include The Garden of Rama (1991) and The Snows of Olympus (1994).
Arthur Clarke tied the marital knot in 1953 but ended up divorced a few years later in 1964. The marriage did not produce any children. In 1956, Clarke had moved to Sri Lanka because he was attracted to the marine diving in the country. He believed marine diving was the nearest he could come to the feeling of being weightless like in space. In the year 2000, Clarke was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. However, due to the poor status of his health, Clarke was unable to travel to London receive the honor personally.
Clancy's comment: A smart man indeed. Sir Arthur has been very successful in more ways than one. Receiving a knighthood from the Queen must have been a buzz for him. Mm ... Doubt you will ever hear of Sir Clancy Tucker.
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