Arthur C. Clarke

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(December 16, 1917 – March 18, 2008)

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, was a British fan and pro. He was active in pre-war UK fandom and was known as “Ego” “after his most prominent physiognomic feature.” He used the pennames Charles Willis and E. G. O'Brien.

He attended the first convention in the UK (the 1937 Leeds Convention, which has some claim on being the first convention anywhere). Post-war, he was a member of the London Circle, whose pub meetings are remembered in the Tales from the White Hart. He attended Midwestcon in the 1950s.

He was GoH at NYCon II.

In the early 1950s, he shared an apartment in London with William F. Temple with whom he co-edited the fanzine, Novae Terrae. He wrote an autobiography, Astounding Days. Besides sf, he was heavily involved in promoting space flight and in the post-war was chairman of the British Interplanetary Society for many years. His book, The Exploration of Space, won the 1951 IFA.

Professionally, he began publishing with the short story "Loophole" and went on to publish such classic novels as Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood's End. When approached by Stanley Kubrick to work on a film, they created the movie 2001 and Clarke also wrote the novelization and three sequels. His stories "The Star" and "The Nine-Billion Names of God" are classics in the field. Clarke is often credited with creating the concept for the communications satellite.

In 1986, Clarke provided a grant to fund the prize money (initially £1,000) for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel published in the United Kingdom in the previous year.

Clarke emigrated from England to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1956, to pursue his interest in scuba diving. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death.

Reminiscence of Clarke (IA) by Dave Kyle

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