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Arthur C. Clarke

Data de nascimento: 16. Dezembro 1917
Data de falecimento: 19. Março 2008
Outros nomes: Arthur Charles Clarke

Arthur Charles Clarke, mais conhecido como Arthur C. Clarke foi um escritor e inventor britânico radicado no Sri Lanka, autor de obras de divulgação científica e de ficção científica como o conto The Sentinel, que deu origem ao filme 2001: Uma Odisséia no Espaço e o premiado Encontro com Rama.

„Qualquer tecnologia suficientemente avançada é indistinguível da magia.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke escritor de ficção científica.; "3001: the final odyssey‎" - página 36, de Arthur C. Clarke - Ballantine Books, 1998, ISBN 0345423496, 9780345423498 - 274 páginas

„Pode ser que nosso destino nesse planeta não seja adorar a Deus, mas sim criá-Lo.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
Arthur C. Clarke em "The Mind of the Machine", conforme citado em "Humanitas‎", Volume 6 - Página 79, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, 1970

„Sinto-me como uma lagosta.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur Clarke, autor de 2001 – Uma Odisséia no Espaço, encasacado num calor de 40 graus para receber o título de Cavaleiro do Império Britânico, em uma cerimônia no Sri Lanka; citado em Revista Veja, Edição 1 652 -7/6/2000 http://veja.abril.com.br/070600/vejaessa.html

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„A única forma de descobrir os limites do possível é indo mais além deles, ao impossível.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Variante: A única maneira de se definir os limites do possível é ir além dele, para o impossível.

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„I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It's just been too intelligent to come here.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

IRC discussion at Scifi.com (1 November 1996) http://web.archive.org/web/20021201214228/http://www.scifi.com/transcripts/aclarke.txt with Clarke and Gentry Lee
1990s

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„In my time I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my dreams come true!“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
Contexto: In my time I’ve been very fortunate to see many of my dreams come true! Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, I never expected to see so much happen in the span of a few decades. We "space cadets" of the British Interplanetary Society spent all our spare time discussing space travel — but we didn’t imagine that it lay in our own near future… I still can't quite believe that we've just marked the 50th anniversary of the Space Age! We’ve accomplished a great deal in that time, but the "Golden Age of Space" is only just beginning. Over the next 50 years, thousands of people will travel to Earth orbit — and then, to the Moon and beyond. Space travel — and space tourism — will one day become almost as commonplace as flying to exotic destinations on our own planet.

„Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

As quoted in Visions : How Science Will Revolutionize the Twenty-First Century (1999) by Michio Kaku, p. 295
2000s and attributed from posthumous publications

„Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)
Fonte: Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible

„I want to be remembered most as a writer — one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
Contexto: I'm sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I've had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science populariser. Of all these, I want to be remembered most as a writer — one who entertained readers, and, hopefully, stretched their imagination as well.

„The best efforts of human scientists in this direction seemed comparable to those of Stone Age men trying to break through the armour of a bank vault with flint axes.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

2010: Odyssey Two (1982), Ch. 43: Thought Experiment
1980s
Contexto: Plans for the final assault on Big Brother had already been worked out and agreed upon with Mission Control. Leonov would move in slowly, probing at all frequencies, and with steadily increasing power — constantly reporting back to Earth at every moment. When final contact was made, they would try to secure samples by drilling or laser spectroscopy; no one really expected these endeavours to succeed, as even after a decade of study TMA-1 resisted all attempts to analyse its material. The best efforts of human scientists in this direction seemed comparable to those of Stone Age men trying to break through the armour of a bank vault with flint axes.

„I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

"The Sentinel" (1948), originally titled "Sentinel of Eternity" this is the short story which later provided the fundamental ideas for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) written by Clarke and Stanley Kubrick.
1940s
Contexto: I can never look now at the Milky Way without wondering from which of those banked clouds of stars the emissaries are coming. If you will pardon so commonplace a simile, we have set off the fire alarm and have nothing to do but to wait.
I do not think we will have to wait for long

„I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

90th Birthday Reflections (2007)
Contexto: Communication technologies are necessary, but not sufficient, for us humans to get along with each other. This is why we still have many disputes and conflicts in the world. Technology tools help us to gather and disseminate information, but we also need qualities like tolerance and compassion to achieve greater understanding between peoples and nations.
I have great faith in optimism as a guiding principle, if only because it offers us the opportunity of creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. So I hope we've learnt something from the most barbaric century in history — the 20th. I would like to see us overcome our tribal divisions and begin to think and act as if we were one family. That would be real globalisation…

„The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

"Meeting of the Minds : Buzz Aldrin Visits Arthur C. Clarke" by Andrew Chaikin (27 February 2001) http://web.archive.org/web/20010302082528/http://www.space.com/peopleinterviews/aldrin_clarke_010227.html
2000s and attributed from posthumous publications
Contexto: The danger of asteroid or comet impact is one of the best reasons for getting into space … I'm very fond of quoting my friend Larry Niven: "The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn't have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don't have a space program, it'll serve us right!"

„Our age is in many ways unique, full of events and phenomena that never occurred before and can never happen again.“

—  Arthur C. Clarke

We'll Never Conquer Space (1960)
Contexto: Our age is in many ways unique, full of events and phenomena that never occurred before and can never happen again. They distort our thinking, making us believe that what is true now will be true forever, though perhaps on a larger scale. Because we have annihilated distance on this planet, we imagine that we can do it once again. The facts are otherwise, and we see them more clearly if we forget the present and turn our minds towards the past.

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