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Clarke is best known as the author who collaborated with Stanley Kubrick to produce 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The scientific community remembers him as the man who first conceptualized geosynchronous communication-satellites, in a 1945 paper that became the foundation for modern communications technology.
It all began at Christmas 1948 - yes 1948 - with a four-thousand-word short story that I wrote for a contest sponsored by the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
The Sentinel described the discovery of a small pyramid on the Moon, set there by some alien civilization to await the emergence of mankind as a planet-faring species.
Police deemed it a suicide, however Bancroft is convinced he was murdered and enlists Kovacs to find out the truth.
Bancroft was killed, and the last automatic backup of his stack was made hours before his death, leaving him with no memory.Without even reading them, you know what your orders will be: to rendezvous with the giant ship, to explore it, to meet with its inhabitants, and to return home before it speeds on its orbit away from the solar system.Yet even in your excitement, you realize it is not an easy mission.And as observations continue, the most impossible explanation becomes the only one: Rama is actually a spaceship.The next step is obvious: mankind must attempt a rendezvous. As fate has it, that ship is Endeavor - the ship that you command.
It is duly assigned the next available name, Rama, and is promptly forgotten about - but not for long.