I read A Fall of Moondust when I was about 10, my first real SF read. Clarke turned me on to the genre.
Clarke's Three Laws
- "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."
- "The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible."
- "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."