In his Address to the U.S. Congress in 1975, Arthur C. Clarke said: “I’m sure we would not have had men on the Moon if it had not been for Wells and Verne and the people who write about this and made people think about it. I’m rather proud of the fact that I know several astronauts who became astronauts through reading my books.” In his book, “First on the Moon” Clarke writes: “The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars… A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space.” Let’s celebrate Arthur C. Clarke’s birth by contemplating his words.