"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe, and sometimes I think we're not. In either case the idea is quite staggering."
He was a giant in the field of science fiction. Even if Arthur C. Clarke didn't write 2001: A Space Odyssey and it's various sequels based off of his screenplay of the film with Stanley Kubrick (and if you didn't know the movie came before the book, turn your geek badge in at the door), itself loosely based off his short story "The Sentinel" he still wrote two of the best novels to address our place in the universe and how our achievements and beliefs can either soar above or diminish to nothingness when presented against the enormity of the cosmos. Childhood's End and Rendezvous With Rama are essential works that belong on the shelf of anyone who has even a passing interest in science, science fiction, or literature: three fields that Clarke excelled in with his writing. His short story "The Nine Billion Names of God" is as close as you can get to perfection in the form, and although his presence may no longer be among us, his words and ideas continue to ignite imaginations over the world.
Thank you for shaping the way I view the world.