Both a writer, a futurist, and an innovative world explorer, Arthur C Clarke was one of the world's finest science fiction pioneers. Born on the 16th of December, 1917, in the Somerset region of the United Kingdom, Clarke's career resulted in numerous iconic works of science fiction and futurist writing, including the iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey novel, which was adapted into a feature film. As a child, Clarke spent his year reading science fiction novels and pulp fiction, most of which was written in the United States. Growing up on a small farm in the English countryside, he spend most of his early years absorbed in books, showing a deep obsession with all things related to technology and exploration of the world.
He served in World War II as a radar operator, again drawing on his obsession with technology in an effort to serve his country. Clarke's colleagues remember him as being a nice, quiet person that lived outside of normal realities – this distant personality undoubtedly contributed to his writing style and work as an author.