I can’t say I was a fan, even of the much praised film 2001; I read some of his short stories and Childhood’s End (at an older sibling’s prompting), but I found traditional literature to interest me more, but that’s just my personal tastes.
I always wondered why this man lived on the island of Sri Lanka???
I know it is a former British Colony, but there is a lot of sectarian violence there between the Tamil Tigers (who are Hindu) and the Buddhists who control the island (its a major center of Buddhism; which shows that some Buddhists can be dogmatic and violent, contrary to how it is often portrayed in the West as being a religion without a God and of peace and tranquility).
(Well, Buddhism does have this concept of the great Void and everything being part of this Void or One which is some sort of spiritual force or presence; the other major branch of Buddhism from Chinese Buddhism and other Asian forms do see the Buddha as in fact being a god).
Was Arthur C. Clarke a Buddhist? An Atheist?
Why did he want to live on this island where violent clashes were often commonplace?? That always puzzled me.