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Arthur Charles Clarke

Author "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Inventor of the Modern Communications Satellite

Collaborated with Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, writing the novel at the same time as Kubrick wrote the screenplay, giving each other feedback and revisions. In wasn't clear until the end weather the movie or the book would come out first (the movie did) Clarke had a small cameo in the sequel 2010: Odyssey Two. Born in Minehead, England he became interested in science and gadget-building as a young boy. When he was fourteen he began reading Science Fiction magazines such as Amazing and Astounding and at fifteen began writing for his school magazine, eventually becoming it's assistant editor. At nineteen he moved to London where he meet other SF writers and became treasurer for the British Interplanetary Society. He wrote for and edited fan magazines, eventually selling articles to Tales of Wonder in 1938.

During World War II he served in the RAF and during this period he came up with the idea for artificial satellite, publishing an article called “Extraterrestrial Relays" in 1945 in Wireless World. Also during this period he began selling to the American market.

He graduated with a B.Sc. in physics and math from King's College, London. He was Assistant Editor for Physics Abstracts until his writing began to bring in more income than his salary at which point he took up writing full-time. Took up skin-diving in the mid 1950's and continues enjoying it still. Became paralyzed after contracting polio and hitting his head and spent the next three years recovering from that.

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