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Arthur C. Clarke, is one of the grand masters of science fiction. Apart from his literary endeavors, however, Clarke may best be remembered as the inventor of communication satellite, an idea he first expounded in a 1945 article entitled ‘Extraterrestial Relays.’
He wrote a technical paper that was the forerunner of communication satellites. The essay war reprinted in ASCENT TO ORBIT, a collection of his technical writings that he brought out after receiving the Marconi Award for his contributions to communications technology.
In the 1980s Clarke was a presenter of the television series Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World (1980) and World of Strange Powers (1985). He lectured widely in Britain and in the United States
Clarke is fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and recipient of many awards for his science fiction.
Among Clarke’s central themes in his fiction are the “spiritual” rebirth and the search for man’s place in the universe. However, his technological details are flawless, and often he has guessed right new advances in science.