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Arthur C. Clarke is a well-known and respected science fiction writer. Some of his work even went on to become the basis for famous movies. Clarke wrote thousands of novels, novellas, and short stories, thirty works of non-fiction excluded. He was born in Somerset, England, in the year 1917 and grew up an avid amateur astronomer, although the early death of his father led to financial hardship for his family, as a result of which he was unable to attend college.
While serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Clarke wrote some short science fiction stories, along with a bunch of scientific research papers. In 1945 Clarke submitted a paper to the magazine Wireless World titled "Can Rocket Stations Give Worldwide Radio Coverage?" - the paper was about the use of geostationary satellites for telecommunications. Due to his research, Clarke is considered as the inventor of the first communications satellite: the geostationary orbit for these satellites is called the Clarke Orbit. The paper also garnered him many awards, including the prestigious Marconi Award. Soon after the war ended, Clarke was finally able to attend college for formal studies in science. Additionally, around this time he wrote his first novel, Prelude to Space (1947). Later in life, he became interested in underwater exploration in the 1950s: he travelled to Sri Lanka to learn ocean diving. In 1964 Clarke began working with director Stanley Kubrick to turn Clarke's short story The Sentinel (1951) into what would become a new novel and famous film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was released in 1968. Aside from his interest in space and science, Clarke was also intrigued by the paranormal and produced a handful of television shows on that topic. In 2000 Arthur C. Clarke was knighted.  He continued to write both fiction and non-fiction throughout his life. Clarke has an asteroid and a dinosaur named after him, and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation continues his legacy till date. Clarke died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his
bathroom scale.
Arthur C. Clarke

I don't believe in astrology. I'm a Sagittarian and we're very sceptical.
Arthur C. Clarke

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.
Arthur C. Clarke

I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.
Arthur C. Clarke

Since women are better at producing babies, presumably Nature has given men some talent
to compensate. But for the moment I can't think of it.
Arthur C. Clarke

Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally
terrifying.
Arthur C. Clarke

Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!
Arthur C. Clarke

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up
by the phrases: (1) It's completely impossible. (2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing. (3) I
said it was a good idea all along.
Arthur C. Clarke

One cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-
destroying.
Arthur C. Clarke

A hundred years ago, the electric telegraph made possible - indeed, inevitable - the United
States of America. The communications satellite will make equally inevitable a United Nations
of Earth; let us hope that the transition period will not be equally bloody.
Arthur C. Clarke

CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected
president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
Arthur C. Clarke

The three laws of prediction:
1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost
certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them
into the impossible.
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

The statement that God created man in his own image is ticking like a time bomb in the
foundations of Christianity.
Arthur C. Clarke

A faith that cannot survive collision with the truth is not worth many regrets.
Arthur C. Clarke

I've been saying for a long time that I'm hoping to find intelligent life in Washington.
Arthur C. Clarke

How inappropriate to call this planet "Earth," when it is clearly "Ocean."
Arthur C. Clarke

In my life I have found two things of priceless worth - learning and loving. Nothing else - not
fame, not power, not achievement for its own sake - can possibly have the same lasting
value. For when your life is over, if you can say "I have learned" and "I have loved," you will
also be able to say "I have been happy."
Arthur C. Clarke

I am an optimist. Anyone interested in the future has to be otherwise he would simply shoot
himself.
Arthur C. Clarke

In the struggle for freedom of information, technology, not politics, will be the ultimate 
decider.
Arthur C. Clarke

I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds
of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set
off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait. I do not think we will have to wait for
long.
Arthur C. Clarke

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.
Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that
the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies
of stars.
Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke

Perhaps it is better to be un-sane and happy, than sane and un-happy. But it is the best of
all to be sane and happy. Whether our descendants can achieve that goal will be the
greatest challenge of the future. Indeed, it may well decide whether we have any future.
Arthur C. Clarke

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.
Arthur C. Clarke

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
Arthur C. Clarke

Before you become too entranced with gorgeous gadgets and mesmerizing video displays, let
me remind you that information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not
foresight. Each grows out of the other, and we need them all.
Arthur C. Clarke

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.
Arthur C. Clarke

My favourite definition of an intellectual: Someone who has been educated beyond his/her 
intelligence.
Arthur C. Clarke

There is no reason to assume that the universe has the slightest interest in intelligence - or
even in life. Both may be random accidental by-products of its operations like the beautiful
patterns on a butterfly's wings. The insect would fly just as well without them.
Arthur C. Clarke

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 imaginations as well.
Arthur C. Clarke, on his 90th birthday

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