Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating
as reading sex manuals without the software.
In the above quote we get a sense of the humor encompassed within the personality of Arthur C. Clarke, a man who often dealt with quite serious issues pertaining to the nature of the universe and mankind’s meaning within it. Clarke was born in Somerset, England, on December 16, 1917 (Biography 1). Before he was twenty he would join the British Interplanetary Society, beginning a lifelong experimentation and fascination with all things astronautic. While he was deeply interested in skin-diving (as it was then called) and ocean exploration, Clarke’s major contributions to society came from his involvement with space exploration and his love of science fiction. Perhaps no one other than Isaac Asimov is as closely associated with the writing of science fiction and Clarke, like Asimov, was very prolific, “He is the author of more than sixty books with more than 50 million copies in print, winner of all the field’s highest honors” (Unauthorized 1).
Clarke remains instrumental as a founding figure in satellite communication, and his invention of it with satellites in geostationary space in 1945 brought him even greater acclaim and a host of additional honors. During World War II he was an officer in the Royal Air Force and supervised the first radar talk-down equipment. His only work of non-science-fiction, Glide Path, is based on his days in charge of the Ground Controlled Approach and its beginnings. Though it would take nearly three decades for his work with extra-terrestrial relays to come to fruition, Clarke was a pioneer in satellite communication responsible for helping pave the way for modern TV and weather satellite communications. Among his most famous science fiction writings, is the classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book was adapted for the screen and Clarke, along with recently deceased dire...