Date: 3rd January 2001
Sci-fi writer SIR ARTHUR C CLARKE spent New Year's Day (01) resting as he suffers from post-polio syndrome - a condition characterised by fatigue and muscle and joint pain.
The disease can strike polio survivors anywhere from ten to 40 years after their recovery from polio - Clarke had the disease in 1959. He says, "It is really painful. I can't stand up. This is the first time that I have had this severe pain."
The 83-year-old is credited with predicting space travel before rockets were tested and foretold computers wreaking havoc with modern life.
His 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY appeared as a novel and a movie in 1968.