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Arthur C Clarke was born in 1917 in Minehead Somerset His mother was Nora Clarke and his father was Charles Wright Clarke He had two brothers Frederick and Michael and one sister Mary There were many events that helped to shape him and his writing style The first major event in his early life was his first plane ride He went on a Avro 504 biplane with his mother in 1927 this ride remained in his mind forever and as he progressed as a writer it fueled his science fiction from jet-planes to space travel Soon thereafter in 1928 Arthur read his first science fiction magazine At the young age of twelve he began to develop his almost fanatic obsession with Science Fiction This forever curved his path towards writing Science Fiction Also in early 1930 Olaf Stapledons Last and First Men was published this beautifully written piece of science fiction was to have a profound effect on Clarkes writing The last major event in Clarkes early life is on a sadder note His father died in 1931 when Clarke was only 14 years old As a result most of the major characters in his novels perish wwwacclarke In his later life there were also several events that helped to shape Clarkes writing style In 1941 Clarke joined the Royal Air Force as an Aircraft hand Radio Wireless MechanicAircraftmen Class 2 He was later trained in the use of Radio Direction Finding termed RADAR This allowed him to write well about armed conflict because he had experienced it for himself In June 1946 Clarke was demobilized from the RAF Only 3 months later in October of 1946 Clarke Enrolled at Kings College in London where he attained a bachelors of General Science Degree in physics applied and pure mathematics This gave him the base of knowledge which he used to understand space and underlay many of his fiction works with true physics of
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