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I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

The greatest tragedy in mankind's entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can't be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it's not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!

We have to abandon the idea that schooling is something restricted to youth. How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 - and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20? ---->>>

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.

Reading computer manuals without the hardware is as frustrating as reading sex manuals without the software.

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering.

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.

Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal.

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.

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.

I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical. ---->>>

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.

I don't believe in God but I'm very interested in her.

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum. ---->>>

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars.

Every revolutionary idea seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases: 1- It's completely impossible. 2- It's possible, but it's not worth doing. 3- I said it was a good idea all along. ---->>>

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible, he is almost certainly right; but if he says that it is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society. ---->>>

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God - but to create him.

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. ---->>>

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.

Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it. ---->>>

The intelligent minority of this world will mark 1 January 2001 as the real beginning of the 21st century and the Third Millennium. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 12-16, 1917
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Die: 03-19, 2008
Occupation: Writer
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Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most influential films of all time. Clarke was a science writer, who was both an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability. On these subjects he wrote over a dozen books and many essays, which appeared in various popular magazines. In 1961 he was awarded the Kalinga Prize, an award which is given by UNESCO for popularizing science. These along with his science fiction writings eventually earned him the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age". His other science fiction writings earned him a number of Hugo and Nebula awards, which along with a large readership made him one of the towering figures of science fiction. For many years Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction. Clarke was a lifelong proponent of space travel. In 1934, while still a teenager, he joined the British Interplanetary Society. In 1945, he proposed a satellite communication system, an idea which won him the Franklin Institute's Stuart Ballantine Medal in 1963, and other honours. Later he was the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society from 1946–47 and again in 1951–53. Clarke emigrated from England to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in 1956, largely to pursue his interest in scuba diving. That year he discovered the underwater ruins of the ancient Koneswaram temple in Trincomalee. Clarke augmented his fame later on in the 1980s, from being the host of several television shows such as Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. He lived in Sri Lanka until his death. He was knighted in 1998 and was awarded Sri Lanka's highest civil honour, Sri Lankabhimanya, in 2005.(wikipedia)