The next episode of Prophets of Science Fiction is devoted to Arthur C. Clarke.
Some sci-fi storytellers are content to merely predict, but Sir Arthur C. Clarke creates. The writer is single-handedly responsible for the cornerstone of modern telecommunication: the satellite. Clarke details the design of satellite technology in a 1945 essay. His failure to patent the radical idea results in an aptly-titled later essay: How I Lost a Billion Dollars in My Spare Time.
The show airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on the Science Channel.
[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]