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    Arthur C. Clarke Has Passed Away...

    Damn, this fellow was a personal hero to several of us...

    Writer Arthur C. Clarke Dies At 90

    By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer

    Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who co-wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey" and won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday, an aide said. He was 90.

    Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s, died at 1:30 a.m. in his adopted home of Sri Lanka after suffering breathing problems, aide Rohan De Silva said.

    Co-author with Stanley Kubrick of Kubrick's film "2001: A Space Odyssey," Clarke was regarded as far more than a science fiction writer.

    He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called Clarke orbits.

    He joined American broadcaster Walter Cronkite as commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s.

    Clarke's non-fiction volumes on space travel and his explorations of the Great Barrier Reef and Indian Ocean earned him respect in the world of science, and in 1976 he became an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

    But it was his writing that shot him to his greatest fame and that gave him the greatest fulfillment.

    "Sometimes I am asked how I would like to be remembered," Clarke said recently. "I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer and space promoter. Of all these I would like to be remembered as a writer."

    From 1950, he began a prolific output of both fiction and non-fiction, sometimes publishing three books in a year. He published his best-selling "3001: The Final Odyssey" when he was 79.

    Some of his best-known books are "Childhood's End," 1953; "The City and The Stars," 1956, "The Nine Billion Names of God," 1967; "Rendezvous with Rama," 1973; "Imperial Earth," 1975; and "The Songs of Distant Earth," 1986.

    When Clarke and Kubrick got together to develop a movie about space, they used as basic ideas several of Clarke's shorter pieces, including "The Sentinel," written in 1948, and "Encounter in the Dawn." As work progressed on the screenplay, Clarke also wrote a novel of the story. He followed it up with "2010," "2061," and "3001: The Final Odyssey."

    In 1989, two decades after the Apollo 11 moon landings, Clarke wrote: "2001 was written in an age which now lies beyond one of the great divides in human history; we are sundered from it forever by the moment when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped out on to the Sea of Tranquility. Now history and fiction have become inexorably intertwined."

    Clarke won the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1972, 1974 and 1979; the Hugo Award of the World Science Fiction Convention in 1974 and 1980, and in 1986 became Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He was awarded the CBE in 1989.

    Born in Minehead, western England, on Dec. 16, 1917, the son of a farmer, Arthur Charles Clark became addicted to science fiction after buying his first copies of the pulp magazine "Amazing Stories" at Woolworth's. He read English writers H.G. Wells and Olaf Stapledon and began writing for his school magazine in his teens.

    Clarke went to work as a clerk in Her Majesty's Exchequer and Audit Department in London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society and wrote his first short stories and scientific articles on space travel.

    It was not until after the World War II that Clarke received a bachelor of science degree in physics and mathematics from King's College in London.

    In the wartime Royal Air Force, he was put in charge of a new radar blind-landing system.

    But it was an RAF memo he wrote in 1945 about the future of communications that led him to fame. It was about the possibility of using satellites to revolutionize communications an idea whose time had decidedly not come.

    Clarke later sent it to a publication called Wireless World, which almost rejected it as too far-fetched.

    Clarke married in 1953, and was divorced in 1964. He had no children.

    He moved to the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka in 1956 after embarking on a study of the Great Barrier Reef.

    Clarke, who had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, discovered that scuba-diving approximated the feeling of weightlessness that astronauts experience in space. He remained a diving enthusiast, running his own scuba venture into old age.

    "I'm perfectly operational underwater," he once said.

    Clarke was linked by his computer with friends and fans around the world, spending each morning answering e-mails and browsing the Internet.

    At a 90th birthday party thrown for Clarke in December, the author said he had three wishes: for Sri Lanka's raging civil war to end, for the world to embrace cleaner sources of energy and for evidence of extraterrestrial beings to be discovered.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Clarke once said he did not regret having never followed his novels into space, adding that he had arranged to have DNA from strands of his hair sent into orbit.

    "One day, some super civilization may encounter this relic from the vanished species and I may exist in another time," he said. "Move over, Stephen King."


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    Clark pedicted the invention of immortality by the 90-ies of this century. Let's hope he'll get a chance to embrace all his dreams in the after life.

    RIP, Arthur.

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    Sad news.....every writer of the scifi genre in the last 50 years owes a debt to Clarke.....truly one of the greats, and not just in the genre.....Rendzvous with Rama is one of my all time favorites.....

    Rest in Peace Arthur C. Clarke.

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    Brilliant man. One of my favorite authors. Its a tie, IMO, between him and Asimov as to who was the greatest and truest Science Fiction writer. R.I.P.

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    I remember when him and Cronkite got together and talked about space.....RIP

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is my absolute all-time favorite movie. I re-read all four novels of the series about a year ago and did a lot of online research about Clarke's various contributions to science and science-fiction writing about the same time.

    He will be missed!

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    My God.....It's full of stars.......
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    Brilliant author.

    Our age is passing by, kids.

    Vonnegut.
    Reagan.
    Pope John Paul II.
    John Ritter.

    Yeah, John Ritter. Not a world leader, not a literary giant. But fucking Jack Tripper. Fuckin' A.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Brilliant author.

    Our age is passing by, kids.

    Vonnegut.
    Reagan.
    Pope John Paul II.
    John Ritter.

    Yeah, John Ritter. Not a world leader, not a literary giant. But fucking Jack Tripper. Fuckin' A.
    Okay, so this list includes John Ritter, but neglects William F. Buckley, and I haven't even had coffee yet. I'm going back to bed.







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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    My God.....It's full of stars.......
    Ya beat me to it...

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Brilliant author.

    Our age is passing by, kids.

    Vonnegut.
    Reagan.
    Pope John Paul II.
    John Ritter.

    Yeah, John Ritter. Not a world leader, not a literary giant. But fucking Jack Tripper. Fuckin' A.
    Right on.

    Seriously, Clarke will be missed but I'm quite sure he had quite a wonderful, full life...
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