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|Sir Arthur C. Clarke|
|Born||(1917-12-16)16 December 1917
Minehead, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
|Died||19 March 2008(2008-03-19) (aged 90)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Pen name||Charles Willis,
|Citizenship||United Kingdom, Sri Lanka|
|Alma mater||King's College London|
|Genres||Hard science fiction
|Notable work(s)||Profiles of the Future
2001: A Space Odyssey Rendezvous with Rama The Fountains of Paradise
|Spouse(s)||Marilyn Mayfield (1953–1964)|
Influences*H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Lord Dunsany, Olaf Stapledon
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS, (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) which is seen as a visionary film the prodected much of todays world, and as a host and commentator in the British television series Mysterious World. For many years, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Clarke were known as the "Big Three" of science fiction.