Foundation may be the best science fiction series and Issac Asimov may be the best science fiction writer of all time, but there is no argument Arthur C. Clarke is a better writer when it comes to the point of scientific accuracy. Many scientists have stated his science fictions will not remain fiction after 100 years, they will become pure science. On top of that he has a killer writing style. Here is an extract from one of my most favorite books “2001: A Space Odyssey”:
Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.
Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this Universe there shines a star.
But every one of those stars is a sun, often far more brilliant and glorious than the small, nearby star we call the Sun. And many - perhaps most - of those alien suns have planets circling them. So almost certainly there is enough land in the sky to give every member of the human species, back to the first ape-man, his own private, world-sized heaven - or hell.