Science Fiction writer, editor and journalist, Ben Bova credits his early practical training in High School and local newspapers as giving him the solid grounding in writing style and work ethic which shaped his career. Bova was given his first break by his English teacher who put him to work on the school paper. He was later to apply that experience to studying for his journalism degree and working on the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is best known to fans of science fiction as the editor of Analog and author of many books such as Maxwell’s Demons, Mars and Titan. He also co-wrote the story for George Lucas’ film THX 1138.
Today, the people of Sri Lanka honoured the late Sir Arthur C Clarke who had made their country his home since 1956. Sir Arthur died on Wednesday, aged 90 and, today he lay in state at his home in Colombo while Sri Lankans from all walks of life came to pay their respects.
Sir Arthur was one of the twentieth century’s greatest contributors to science fiction and was hugely influential on many of today’s writers. He also published papers on aerospace engineering and was the first to describe the use of geostationary orbits for communications satellites.
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