I used to read a lot of Sci-Fi and Clarke, along with Issac Asimov and Ray Bradbury were my favorites. Best known for “2001: A Space Odyssey”, Clarke also wrote “Childhood’s End” which is most definitely in my top 10 reads of all time.
Clarke’s writings fortold our journeys to the Moon and the deployment of satellites to aid communication. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position realitive to the ground, are known as “Clarke orbits”.
Thanks to J-Walk for bringing this to my attention.