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I once read somewhere that on a science fiction convention Arthur C. Clarke made a comment that science fiction fans are more intelligent than the average person. Is it true that he said that or is it an urban legend? Is there a source for this?

(hope this is an on-topic question for scifi.SE)

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True that Clarke said it or true that we are more intelligent? :-) – John Rennie Jan 17 '13 at 10:20
DO YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT THAT? (of course true that he said it ;-) – Till B Jan 17 '13 at 10:23
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There's nothing here or here amongst his well known quotes. However, this quote has a similar sentiment:

One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind. Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.

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