Arthur C. Clarke
(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.
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.
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.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1956 -- NyCon II, Best Short Story Hugo
- 1974 -- Jupiter Award, Best Novel Hugo
- 1980 -- Best Novel Hugo
- 1982 -- Forry Award
- 1986 -- SFWA Grand Master Award
- 1989 -- Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
- 1997 -- Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame
- 2000 -- Knight Bachelor
- 2001 -- Raymond Z. Gallun Award
- 2002 -- First Fandom Hall of Fame
- 2004 -- Robert A. Heinlein Award, 1954 Best Short Story Retro Hugo
- 2005 —- Sri Lankabhimanya (The Pride of Sri Lanka)
- Hugo nominations: 1963 Best Novel Hugo, 1983 Best Novel Hugo, 1972 Best Novella Hugo, 1990 Best Non-Fiction Book Hugo, 1954 Best Novel Retro Hugo
- Three Nebula Awards
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