Asimov and Clarke were Second-Best Science-Fiction Writers!

We celebrate “Science Fiction Day” on January 2nd!

This date was chosen as it was Isaac Asimov’s official birthday.

Both Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) and Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) are sometimes considered to be the ‘fathers’ of Science Fiction writing, although other writers such as Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) are also often included; these three are known as ‘The Big Three’ in Science Fiction.

Screenshot from 'I, Robot' official trailer on Youtube.
Screenshot from “I, Robot” official movie trailer on Youtube.

Asimov’s Foundation and ‘Robot’ (later known as ‘I, Robot’), and Clarke’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, the latter two made into modern blockbuster movies, continue to amaze us.

Arthur C. Clarke on the movie set of "2001: A Space Odyssey", 1965
Arthur C. Clarke on the movie set of “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

But did you know that Asimov and Clarke made a treaty – that, if asked, each would claim to be the second-best Science Fiction writer?

Clarke’s acknowledgement in his ‘Report on Planet Three’ book reads:

“In accordance with the terms of the Clarke-Asimov treaty, the second-best science writer dedicates this book to the second-best science-fiction writer.”

The Space Hamster and the Universal Code by Kathryn Rose Newey

What do you think? Do you have a favourite Science Fiction story or writer? What makes good, or bad, Science Fiction? Should we even celebrate Science Fiction Day? How will you be celebrating it? Write a comment below this post.

On the subject of Science Fiction novels, why not my new middle-grade book ‘The Space Hamster and the Universal Code‘?

And why not also download these fun science worksheets?

Find out more about Asimov and Clarke:

Read about their achievements here.

Visit Isaac Asimov’s official website.

Read biographical information on Arthur C. Clarke.

Find out about Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 “2001: A Space Odyssey” movie here.

Find out about the 2004 “I, Robot” movie here.

Read about Science Fiction Day here.

Image Acknowledgements:

Space image by Yuri_B of

Screenshot from “I, Robot” official trailer on Youtube. The full trailer can be viewed here:

Photograph of Arthur C. Clarke, 1965, on set of “2001: A Space Odyssey” courtesy of ITU Pictures [CC BY 2.0 (]