Sir Arthur C. Clarke has published a great deal of science nonfiction, most of it speculative essays about the future. These works include The Exploration of Space (1951); The Challenge of the Spaceship: Previews of Tomorrow’s World (1959); Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible (1962); The Promise of Space (1968); and Report on Planet Three and Other Speculations (1972).
Although known for this, he is best known for being a central figure in twentieth-century British science fiction. He has applied his considerable knowledge of science to the writing of his fiction, making him one of the foremost writers of “hard science fiction”. However, he is also able to show a cosmic vision of humanity’s place in the universe.
His ability to balance scientific and technological with transcendental makes Clarke’s works one of the most distinctive contribution to modern science fiction.
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Mindhead Summerset, United Kingdom. When he was a younger boy he enjoyed strategizing and reading old American science fiction pulp magazines.
After he finished his secondary schooling he was no longer able to afford the schools tuition so there for he was forced to drop out and get a job. He got a job as an auditor at the pensions section of the board of education.
During the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force. In the Air force Arthur C. Clarke worked as a radar specialist. He was also involved in making the early warning radar service. This was later used in the battle with the British.
Arthur C. Clarke actually used most of his time wail he was in the Air Force working on practical uses in the war. After the War Arthur C. Clarke had went back to school and in school he earned his first degree in mathematics, and physics at kings collage London, in London.
In the postwar years, Arthur C. Clarke became involved with the British. For some time Arthur C. Clarke served as a chairman for the British. One of Arthur C. Clarke most important contributions was the idea that geostationary satellites would be the ideal telecommunications relays.
Arthur C. Clarke also had written a lot of non-fictional books. His book mostly described the technical details of rocketry and space flight. The most popular book of Arthur C. Clarke’s was one named “The Exploration of Space.”
Arthur C. Clarke had a few of his books published in the years throughout 1937 and 1945. His first professional sale of a book was sold in a store named The Outstanding Science Fiction; the book first came out in 1946.
Arthur C. Clarke’s first book was the Rescue Party; this book was first published in may. Wail Arthur C. Clarke was writing he also had a job as an assistant editor. This was before he got serious about his writing. After he got devoted to his writing he started writing more and more. Arthur C. Clarke firs started writing the most from 1951 onward.
In 1948, Arthur C. Clarke wrote a book named “The Sentinel”. He wrote this book for a BBC competition. Although the book was rejected it meant something to Mr. Clark. This was the book that changed Arthur C. Clarke’s writing and his career.
In 1953 Clark kind of made a choice to settle down he found himself a wife named Marylyn Mayfield. Just as fast as he found a wife he married her. Marylyn Mayfield was a twenty two year old woman. She was also an American. Marylyn also had been divorced and had a son. After about six months Marylyn Mayfield and Arthur C. Clarke had broken up although the divorce wasn’t finalized yet.
Arthur C. Clarke has lived in Sri Lanka ever science 1956. He first moved there when the name of it was still Ceylon. No one knows why he stays there but what ever it is, it has kept him there a long time.
Clarke is fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and recipient of many awards for his science fiction. He was the guest of honour at the 1956 World Science Fiction Convention, when he won a Hugo for his story “The Star”. “Rendezvous with Rama” won the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Clarke has also won the Franklin Gold Medal, and in 1962 the UNESCO-Kalinga Prize for popularizing science.
Arthur C. Clarke later came to write a series of books, and he called them “The Profiles of the Future.” These books first came out in book form in 1962.
Also in 1962 Clarke became completely paralyzed after an accidental blow to the head. He wrote “Dolphin Island” as his farewell to the sea. After recovering Clarke started his cooperation with the director Stanley Kubrick and later he accompanied his friend Mike Wilson on an underwater adventure six miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, which was depicted in “The Treasure of the Great Reef” written in 1964.
In the 1980’s he starred on a television series, and lectured throughout the US and Britain. He resides in Sri Lanka.