Sir, Arthur C. Clarke
From the jacket of his scientific autobiography "Ascent To Orbit"
Arthur C. Clarke made a Knight Bachelor by the Queen in the 1998 New Years Honours List
In a letter to Stuart Kingsley dated March 8, 1993, in response to a letter to Arthur reporting on the outcome of the OSETI I conference, the following statement was made by Arthur:
The reactions of your colleagues are obviously shaping up according to the old pattern:
(1) Don't waste my time, it's absolute nonsense.
(2) It's possible, but it's not worth doing.
(3) I said it was a good idea all along.
The extracts from the two papers listed below demonstrate how in one age, ideas may sound very much like science fiction - but come to pass as enabling technologies are developed. These two "free-space communications" papers of the radio kind are classic examples of this phenomena. Optical SETI may turn out to be just one more example - time will tell!