Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917 – 2008)
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After a successful writing career, having published more than a hundred titles, Sir Arthur C. Clarke passed away at age 90 yesterday in his Sri Lankan home.
Clarke was made known to the world through his work “2001: A Space Oydessy”. This acclaimed work was later made into a movie, where Clarke parterned up with Stanley Kubrick on the movie script. In 1968, they received an Oscar nomination for the film version of “2001: A Space Oydessy”.
In 1998, a most prestigious honour was awarded to him. Clarke was conferred a Knighthood in recognition for his lifetime works. To celebrate his science fiction works, Washington D.C. had a day dedicated to him. February 7th 2001 in Washington D.C. was Sir Arthur C. Clarke Day. An avid diver himself, he had penned his experiences about diving. One can read about his diving tales through ‘ The coast of coral’ and ‘ The reefs of Taprobane: underwater adventures around Ceylon’.
Not only was he famous for his science fiction novels, Clarke also carved a name for himself in the realm of space sciences. He even came up with Clarke’s laws:
Clarke’s three laws
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”.
To find out more about Sir Arthur, you can visit his foundation’s webpage. Readers can now leave their thoughts on Sir Arthur on the page.
Readers can find his fiction novels on our shelves under the call number: CLA -[SF]
Posted by Yen Yen Toh, Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services
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