Arthur C Clarke diving, Sri Lanka, 1955.
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Arthur C Clarke diving, Sri Lanka, 1955. Arthur Charles Clarke (b 1917) became a leading science fiction writer following a period of work in scientific research. Here, he is diving between the propeller blades of a wreck off the coast of Sri Lanka (Ceylon). His underwater adventures in Australia and Ceylon changed the direction of his life and work. Photograph by Mike Wilson and Arthur C Clarke.