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Arthur C. Clarke (December 16, 1917 – March 19, 2008)

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was a British science fiction author, inventor, and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). On a trip to Florida in 1953, Clarke met and quickly married Marilyn Mayfield, a 22-year-old American divorcee with a young son. They separated permanently after six months, although the divorce was not finalized until 1964. "The marriage was incompatible from the beginning", says Clarke. Clarke never remarried after his sudden marriage and even more sudden divorce, but was close to a Sri Lankan man, Leslie Ekanayake, whom the author called his "only perfect friend of a lifetime" in his dedication to The Fountains of Paradise. Clarke is buried with Ekanayake, who predeceased him by three decades, in the Colombo central cemetery. In his biography of Stanley Kubrick, John Baxter cites Clarke's homosexuality as a reason why he relocated, due to more tolerant laws with regard to homosexuality in Sri Lanka. Journalists who enquired of Clarke whether he was gay were told, "No, merely mildly cheerful." Arthur C. Clarke’s home in Colombo, still untouched today after his death, is named after Leslie, Leslie’s House, and Leslie’s portrait hangs on a wall.

Timeline & Places:

• December 16, 1917: born.

• 1940s: attended King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, Regno Unito

• 1950s: lived at Hotel Chelsea, 222 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011, Stati Uniti

• 1956 to 2008: lived at Leslie’s House, 25 Barnes Pl, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka, sharing with Leslie Ekanayake

• March 19, 2008: died. Buried at Borella Kanattha Cemetery, Colombo 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Buried alongside: Leslie Ekanayake (July 13, 1947 – July 4, 1977).

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Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time
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Queer Places, Vol. 3.2: Retracing the Steps of LGBTQ people around the World
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