Arthur C. Clarke

Literary Birthday – 16 December – Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke was born 16 December 1917, and died 19 March 2008.

Seven Quotes

  1. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  2. The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
  3. I don’t believe in God but I’m very interested in her.
  4. I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.
  5. Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
  6. It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.
  7. This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.

Arthur C. Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist. He wrote 2001: a Space Odyssey. Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the ‘Big Three’ of science fiction. In the 100 books he wrote, co-wrote or edited, Clarke predicted the moon landings, space travel, communications satellites, compact computers, cloning, and commercial hovercraft.

Watch his predictions for the future in the video below:

“One day, we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand. When that time comes, the whole world would’ve shrunk to a point and the traditional role of the city as a meeting place for men would’ve ceased to make any sense. In fact, men will no longer commute — they will communicate. They won’t have to travel for business anymore, they’ll only travel for pleasure.”

Source for Image

ITU Pictures, CC BY 2.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 16th December 2012