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Arthur C Clarke a science fiction author has had a very interesting life Arthur was born on December 16 1917 in Minehead England He was the oldest of four children His two brothers were Frederick and Michael and his sisters name was Mary As a child he enjoyed science very much He lived on a small farm and enjoyed frequent trips to the nearby ocean When he was 13 years old he constructed his own telescope and changed a bike light to transmit sound along the path of light it gave off Arthur made his first literary connections by writing in the school newspaper He attended elementary Middle and high school in his home town and then later went to Kings College in London where he made honors in Math and in Physics in 1948 After Arthur had finished college he became a member of the Royal Air ForceThen later he became the assistant editor of Science Abstracts a science magazine After quitting his job as the assistant editor he decided to become a full-time science fiction author Arthur has never been married and still to this day is a bachelor Clarke is a very successful writer In fact he is considered to be one of the most successful science fiction authors ever He has written many books including Hammer of god 2001 a space Odyssey Prelude to Space The Sands of Mars Islands in the Sky Against the Fall of Night Childhoods End Expedition to Earth Going into Space and Earthlight Arthur has also written a few Nonfiction books like Interplanetary Flight and The Exploration of Space Also one day he had an argument with a colleague and said When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right When he states that something is impossible he is very probably wrong Science Digest Arthur has won many prestigious awards including the UNESCO Kalinga Prize The Franklin Institute
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