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Arthur C. Clarke - Space Cadet
"Forever linked with '2001: A Space Odyssey', the late Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a well-known writer of science and science fiction. Let us explore many facets of his earlier years that may have influenced his writings."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Arthur was born in December 1917 in Minehead, Somerset in the UK and lived in that area until 1936. What aspect of Minehead had the most influence on him, his writing and his life?
Minehead beach and the sea
Minehead and Exmoor Music Festival
Butlin's Holiday Camp
The Minehead Railway
Arthur's parents went into what business after his father returned from the Great War?
Arthur spent much time as a youth building his own telescopes. He later told people that he 'knew ___
____ better than I knew my way around Somerset'. Can you fill in the blank?
While at school Arthur helped out the family business as well as working part-time jobs, at times both day and night. Yet he still found time for what hobby?
Each of these
Building crystal sets
The Kille family lived near Arthur's grandmother's house in Minehead, where Arthur would spend most holidays. Grandma Kille owned an unusual object which fascinated Arthur as a youngster. What was it?
A pop-up toaster
A pedal-powered knitting machine
An electrically powered wheelchair
A battery operated radio
Arthur received a scholarship from his village school enabling him to attend Huish Grammar School in nearby Taunton. During his years there Arthur did which of the following?
Wrote for the school magazine
Got expelled for smoking
Captained the 1st Eleven
Electrocuted the Headmaster
In 1983, Arthur wrote 'No book before or since ever had such an impact on my imagination'. At the age of 12, Arthur, on a visit to the Minehead Public Library discovered 'Last and First of Men'. Who was the author of this influential book?
C. S. Lewis
W. Olaf Stapledon
J. R. R. Tolkien
G. B. Shaw
Owning a large collection of sci-fi magazines, many non-fiction books on space, building rockets at home and studying the moon it is no wonder that, at sixteen, Arthur C. Clarke joined which society?
Observatoire Astronomique de Paris
Royal Geographic Society
British Interplanetary Society
Arthur was still a civil servant when, in 1941, he enlisted in one of the services. During his service he was influenced by working with 'real scientists'. With whom did Arthur enlist?
Royal Air Force
In February 1945 'Wireless World', a monthly U.K. publication, printed a letter from Arthur C. Clarke, creating the first public pronouncement of the possibility of what future communication reality?
Geo-Static Communication Satellites
Mobile (cell) phones
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Compiled Jun 28 12