Arthur C. Clarke remains the best known science fiction writer in the UK Arthur C. Clarke's books are bought by mainstream and general readers as well as SF fans The backlist novels and short story collections are perennial backlist staples 'Vivid, beautiful and exciting' SUNDAY TIMES 'One of the truly prophetic figures of the space age' NEW YORKER
Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as a radar instructor for the RAF, rising to the rank of flight-lieutenant. After the war, he entered King's College, London taking, in 1948, his B.Sc. in physics and mathematics with first class honours. One of the most respected of all science fiction writers, he has won the Kalinga Prize, the Aviation Space-Writers' Prize and the Westinghouse Science Writing Prize. He also shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based on his story, The Sentinel. He has lived in Sri Lanka since 1956.