We are about to exit the year which marked the 70th anniversary of Arthur C. Clarke's proposal for geostationary satellites.
Clarke couldn't pinpoint the exact reference that got him thinking about geostationary satellites. ”One of the moons of Mars, Phobos, is always in a stationary orbit,” he mused. ”That probably got me thinking.”http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/space-flight/final-thoughts-from-sir-arthur-c-clarke-19172008
That caused me to check the orbits of the moons of Mars. Actually it is Deimos that almost has a geosynchronous orbit with Mars, close but still no cigar. But it is easy to see why looking at the Martian moons would make Clarke think of it. Combining that with his awareness of the German V-2 rockets and what he must have known about radio and RADAR at the time, Clarke's epiphany makes a lot of sense.
He envisioned three space stations with live crews however. The transistor being invented 2 years after his article changed the landscape of space electronics with less weight, greater durability, reliability and lower power consumption.
Transistors have given us transculturalism on a number of levels.
Another case of Science Fiction becoming and thereby changing reality.