Credited as being one of the ‘Big Three’ science fiction writers during his lifetime, Arthur C Clarke is noted as being a ‘scientific’ science fiction writer, whose contributions to the genre are considered ground breaking.
“I’m a big believer in the interrelationship between science and poetry. In terms of process, scientists aren’t afraid to fail. I love the idea of establishing a hypothesis and testing it. That’s how I begin most of my poems: as tests of language, tests of story. Sometimes they fail, but poetry as failure isn’t always a bad thing… sometimes it’s a whole lot more interesting than the poem that ‘succeeds’ on easy grounds.”