Arthur C. Clarke
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science-fiction author, who won innumerable international awards for his fiction and science writing. He was described by the New York Times as being "awesomely informed about physics and blessed with one of the most astounding imaginations ever encountered in print." He wrote the scrrenplay for the hugely influential Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Oddyssey, as well as numerous science fiction novels, including the sci-fi classic Childhood's End. He moved to live in Sri Lanka in 1956, and remained there until his death, aged ninety, in 2008.