Arthur C. Clarke

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Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won the 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 lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008. To discover more about how the legacy of Sir Arthur is being honoured today, please visit


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Essential reading

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Childhood's End


The City and the Stars (1956)


A Fall of Moondust


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Rendezvous with Rama (1973) The Fountains of Paradise (1979)



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The Sands of

Islands in
the Sky

Imperial Earth (1975) The Hammer of God



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Rama II
The Garden of Rama
Rama Revealed



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