The only novel ever to win all the major science-fiction awards - Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the British Science Fiction Award '[Arthur C. Clarke] writes always with lucidity and candour, often with grace, sometimes with a cold, sharp evocativeness that has produced some of the most memorable images in sf' The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction 'One of the colossi of sf' John Clute 'The most popular English sf writer in the world' David G. Hartwell 'There are perpetual surprises, constant evocation of the sense of wonder, and occasions of the most breathless suspense' New York Times 'Packed with suspense and mystery' Sunday Times
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 Bsc in physics and mathematics with first class honours.One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he has won 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.