Arthur C. Clarke

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS, Sri Lankabhimanya, (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer and inventor, and futurist. He is famous for his short stories and novels, including 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 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.