We stand now at the turning point between two eras.

We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons. When our race has reached its ultimate achievements, and the stars themselves are scattered no more widely than the seed of Adam, even then we shall still be like ants crawling on the face of the Earth.

What is becoming more interesting than the myths themselves has been the study of how the myths were constructed from sparse or unpromising facts—indeed, sometimes from no facts—in a kind of mute conspiracy of longing, very rarely under anybody’s conscious control. …we cannot predict the new forces, powers, and discoveries that will be disclosed to us when we reach the other planets or can set up new laboratories in space. The idea of these kinds of orbits was originally proposed in 1928, but Clarke was the first to suggest that geostationary orbits would be ideal for establishing worldwide telecommunication relays.

A geostationary satellite orbits the Earth above the equator so that the period of the orbit (the time it takes the satellite to complete one orbit around the Earth) is the same as the Earth’s rotational period (the time it takes the Earth to rotate once around its axis.) Arthur Clarke’s remarkable lifetime work was recognized by both the country of his birth and his adopted home country. ​Over the next decades, Clarke’s discovery evolved from his original, pre-computer era idea of using large, manned space stations to act as relays, to the small, unmanned, robotic telecommunications satellites used today.

He was always level-headed when it came to predictions, famously stating that if you made predictions, and by the time these predictions were to have come to pass and nobody was telling you that you were dead wrong, you fucked up. —The Collected Stories, 2000, The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space … I’m very fond of quoting my friend Larry Niven: “The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.

death, we wear the water-filled space suits of our skins.

Clarke was involved in these discussions by, e.g., addressing the United Nations during their deliberations on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. In 1988, Queen Elizabeth II honored Clarke with a Knighthood, formally conferred by Prince Charles in Sri Lanka two years later. He often incorporated his visions of the technological advances in the near future into his science fiction writing. In 1964, he started working with the noted film producer Stanley Kubrick on a science fiction movie script. Future predictions are about the promise of progress, not about accuracy. SciFi legend Arthur C. Clarke gives us a vision of the distant future - the year 2000! It’s the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.

Clarke published a sequel, 2010: Odyssey Two, in 1982, and worked with director Peter Hyams on the movie version, which was released two years later. Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. —Profiles of the Future, 1972.

As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. Clarke strived to engage audiences in different media. Clarke saw his vision of global telecommunications via satellites start to become reality in 1964 with the launch of the first geostationary communication satellite Syncom 3, which was used to broadcast the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to the United States. After the launch of the Sputnik satellite by the Soviet Union in 1957, the discussion of the use of outer space by different nations of the Earth become an important global issue.

Clarke was concerned about global climate change and what effect it may have on the future of humanity. They are as much beyond our vision today as fire or electricity would be beyond the imagination of a fish. ​Arthur Clarke’s engineering work brought him numerous awards and honors, including the 1982 Marconi International Fellowship, a gold medal of the Franklin Institute, the Vikram Sarabhai Professorship of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, the Lindbergh Award, and a Fellowship of King’s College, London. The third wish is one closer to home. Do you agree or disagree with the content of this page? We seldom stop to think that we are still creatures of the sea, able to leave it only because, from birth to Combine that with a movable component and you’re talking about some pretty serious equipment. Nobody has done more in the way of enlightened prediction than Arthur C. Clarke. Clarke’s only non-science-fiction novel, Glide Path, was based on his experiences in this project.

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. Both are equally terrifying. We have no way of guessing when this might happen — I hope sooner rather than later! I’m sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. Though Clarke was technically right about the possibility of self-sufficient homes, he failed to understand that it wouldn’t be convenient.

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’s legacy bridges the worlds of the arts and the sciences. Because living off the grid can be a major pain in the ass, and it’s not exactly a cheap switch to make. I’ve been living in Sri Lanka for 50 years — and half that time, I’ve been a sad witness to the bitter conflict that divides my adopted country. From The Light of Other Days, by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, 2000.

The roads to support them, inadequate though they are, cost as much as a small war; the analogy is a good one, for the casualties are on the same scale. Check box to agree to these  submission guidelines. In the paper, Clarke set out the first principles of global communication via satellites placed in geostationary orbits. Many of them are the size of small houses and contain a couple of tons of sophisticated alloys – yet often carry a single passenger. The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. Clarke also wrote a novelization of the film; the resulting book, which is based on the early drafts of the film and differs from it in some ways, also came out in 1968.

(3) I said it was a good idea all along. Arthur C Clarke - Futurist and Science Fiction Writer. —Donna Shirley, former manager of Mars Exploration at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, His intellectual sweep, his brilliance, perhaps even more the deep humanity that he has shown, will remain with us for a long time. Maybe in an alternate future. The time may come, therefore, when whole communities may migrate south in the winter, or move to new lands whenever they feel the need for a change of scenery.” - Arthur C. Clarke 1966. “Given a compact power source…the house of the future would have no roots tying it to the ground. An expression of Clarke’s interest in the interaction of humans with nature was his enthusiasm for scuba diving. —Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, after Sir Arthur had delivered the Nehru Memorial Address in New Delhi, November 1986, Across the Seas of Stars Against the Fall of Night Childhood’s End City and the Stars The Deep Range Dolphin Island Earthlight Expedition to Earth A Fall of Moondust The Fountains of Paradise From the Oceans, from the Stars Ghosts from the Grand Banks Glide Path The Hammer of God Imperial Earth Islands in the Sky The Lion of Comarre The Lost Worlds of 2001 The Nine Billion Names of God The Other Side of the Sky Prelude to Mars Prelude to Space Reach for Tomorrow Rendezvous with Rama The Sands of Mars The Sentinel The Songs of Distant Earth The Sentinel Tales from the “White Hart” Tales of Ten Worlds 2001: A Space Odyssey (With Stanley Kubrick) 2010: Odyssey Two 2061: Odyssey Three 3001: The Final Odyssey The Wind from the Sun, “Extraterrestrial Relays” in Wireless World “Space Stations for Global Communications” in Wireless World Ascent to Orbit: A Scientific Autobiography Astounding days: A Science Fictional Autobiography Boy Beneath the Sea The Challenge of the Sea The Challenge of the Spaceship The Coast of Coral The Coming of the Space Age (edited) The Exploration of the Moon The Exploration of Space The First Five Fathoms Going into Space How the World Was One Indian Ocean Adventure Indian Ocean Treasure Interplanetary Flight The Making of a Moon 1984: Spring Profiles of the Future The Promise of Space The Reefs of Taprobane Report on Planet Three Science Fiction Hall of fame, III (edited) Three for Tomorrow (edited) Time Probe (edited) Treasure of the Great Reef The View from Serendip Voice Across the Sea Voices from the Sky, With Simon Welfare and John Fairley: Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World; Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers With the Astronauts: First on the Moon With Robert Silverberg: Into Space With Chesley Bonestell: Beyond Jupiter With the Editors of Life: Man and Space With Peter Hyams: The Odyssey File With Gentry Lee: Cradle With Gentry Lee: Rama 11, Yet now, as he roared across the night sky toward an unknown destiny, he found himself facing that bleak and ultimate question which so few men can answer to their satisfaction.

Click the button and find it on your computer. As a result, Clarke was always concerned about the relationship of the human race to the natural world around it. Our technology must still be laughably primitive; we may well be like jungle savages listening for the throbbing of tom-toms, while the ether around them carries more words per second than they could utter in a lifetime. These so-called laws are: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. Clarke worked for decades in television, bringing scientific and engineering achievements to people’s homes across the world.

—Electronic Tutors, 1980, The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. —Daniel Goldin, NASA Administrator. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. He served as the Chancellor of the Moratuwa University in Sri Lanka in 1979-2002 and as the first Chancellor of the International Space University in 1989-2004. Sir Arthur Clarke is the Jules Verne of space. —Stanley Kubrick, To Arthur C Clarke – who inspired my summer vacation on Mars. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.

In the book he envisioned the probable shape of tomorrow’s world, including a timetable of possible inventions from the present to the year 2100. He has the kind of mind of which the world can never have enough, an array of imagination, intelligence, knowledge, and a quirkish curiosity which often uncovers more than the first three qualities. After the war, Clarke returned to London, where he was awarded a Fellowship at King’s College, London, where he obtained a first class honors degree in Physics and Mathematics in 1948. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. Just as the human memory is not a passive recorder but a tool in the construction of the self, so history has never been a simple record of the past, but a means of shaping peoples. It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke's three laws, of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited.They are part of his ideas in his extensive writings about the future. He was an officer in charge of the first radar talk-down equipment, the Ground Controlled Approach, during its experimental trials.

This means that to an observer located on the surface of the Earth, the satellite appears not to move in the sky but stay at a fixed position. He is perhaps best known as a world-renowned science fiction writer, starting with the first story he sold professionally, “Rescue Party”, which was written in March 1945 and appeared in the magazine Astounding Science in May 1946. —Glide Path, 1963, Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Why? Van Vogt and Robert Heinlein to collaborate on the ground-breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) in 1964, the English science fiction author was already perhaps the most influential futurist of the 20th century. Why not share it here at Singularity Symposium?! Since a satellite in a geostationary orbit does not appear to move in the sky, antennas on the ground do not have to track the satellite across the sky but can be pointed permanently to one location, which makes communications between ground stations and satellites easier. —Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist, I count myself among the millions who have been inspired and encouraged by Arthur C. Clarke’s contributions to literature, and I count myself among his many friends. It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God but to create him. So it will be with us as we spread out from Mother Earth, loosening the bonds of kinship and understanding, hearing faint and belated rumors at second — or third — or thousandth hand of an ever-dwindling fraction of the entire human race. The organizations carrying Clarke’s name, from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation to the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Science Education, are proud to continue Clarke’s legacy of inspiring the present and future generations of Earth, our home planet. It isn’t. Dead wrong. movie ever made.