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Science Fiction's Arthur C. Clarke--A Celebration Of A Full Life

With the recent passing (Tuesday March 18, 2008) of Science Fiction writing legend Arthur C. Clarke, I thought it would be a good idea to focus on some of the positive aspects of his life.

Of course, Clarke is best known for his Science Fiction novels and short stories, but there was much more to the man.

I've compiled a list of some of his accomplishments throughout his life. Let's not dwell on the fact that he is no longer with us. Let's celebrate a full life. A life filled with accomplishments that few can attain.

  • After World War II, Clarke served as chairman of the British Interplanetary Society
  • Began writing full-time in 1951
  • Was a citizen of the UK and Sri Lanka
  • Was a member of the Underwater Explorers Club
  • Predicted a "global library" for 2005 (think, "Internet")
  • The Science Fiction Writers of America(SFWA) named Clarke a Science Fiction Grand Master In 1986
  • First Chancellor of the International Space University from 1989 to 2004
  • From 1979 to 2002 served as Chancellor of Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka
  • Law professor Glenn Reynolds nominated Clarke for a Nobel Peace Prize In 1994
  • The 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter is named in honor of his works (2001: A Space Odyssey, etc.)
  • Honorary Board Chair of the Institute for Cooperation in Space, a space advocacy organization originally founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun
  • Clarke was a distinguished vice-president of the H. G. Wells Society

This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of Arthur C. Clarke's life and accomplishments. If there are items you think should be included in the list, let me know via the contact link on the right. I may write a more detailed article on Clarke's many accomplishments.

Joey Phillips
"The Sci-Fi Dude"

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