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'The colossus of science fiction' New York Times 'There has been nothing like it' C.S. Lewis One of the most deservedly and enduringly popular of all science fiction novels 'A novel about transcendence...generally recognized as Clarke's first major work...the story still moves me' Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels 'The very personification of sf... he... writes always with lucidity and candour, often with grace, sometimes with a cold, sharp evocativeness that has produced some of the most memorable images in sf' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as a radar instructor for the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the war, he entered King's college, London taking, in 1948, his Bsc in physics and mathematics with first class honours.One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he has won Kalinga Prize, the Aviation Space-Writers' Prize and the Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He also shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He has lived in Sri Lanka since 1956.