Arthur Charles Clarke has been described in many ways: as a “true Renaissance person,” a scientist and inventor, a cosmic dreamer, and the father of satellite communications. During his 90-year lifetime and 70-year career, he wrote nearly 100 books, both fiction and nonfiction. Always, his prime mission was to explore the mysteries of the world and the cosmos. In his scientific and engineering writings, he opened many new doors, most notably in the fields of radar and satellite communications. He not only inspired generations through his writing but also first envisioned the geosynchronous satellite system on which today's global electronic communication system is based.

Clarke is most celebrated for his science fiction, which won every top honor in the field. In fact, Rendezvous With Rama alone ...

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