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Famed sci-fi author Clarke's papers come to Smithsonian

Elizabeth Howell, News Writer
Apr 25, 2015, 21:19 UTC

Sen—Personal papers of Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), the late author whose works included 2001: A Space Odyssey, will soon be available for researchers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The museum received 87 cubic feet of material from Clarke's collection, showing a life of work that included many science fiction stories and theories on communication satellites. His mail includes talking with several space-related contemporaries, such as CBS anchor Walter Chronkite, Apollo rocket engineer Werner von Braun and Smithsonian astronomer Fred Whipple.

"Not least, the collection will enable the museum to tell a richer story of how science fiction and futurism interacted with contemporaneous space achievements, shaping our ideas about exploration beyond the Earth," said Martin Collins, curator of civilian applications satellites at the museum, in a press release.

The collection was gathered from Clarke's home in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Researchers will be able to view the information after the collection is processed and cataloged, the museum said.