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RIP: Arthur C. Clarke

Sad news…

SF legend Arthur C. Clarke has passed away at the age of 90.

From BBC:

Legendary British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.

He came to fame when his story was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, by director Stanley Kubrick in 1968.

Once called “the first dweller in the electronic cottage”, his vision captured the popular imagination.

Sir Arthur, who was born in Minehead, Somerset, and was a radar specialist for the RAF in World War II, become a full-time writer in the 1940s.

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7 Comments on RIP: Arthur C. Clarke

  1. Although he left a great science fiction legacy, it is still sad that this legendary author has passed away. From reading his obituaries I have learned many things about him that I did not know – like the fact that he was a co-commentator for the Apollo moon missions of the 1960’s.

    While I revere his books (and the movies that were made from them) I will remember him most for his amazing short stories. I have done my own little memorial post about Arthur C. Clarke by reviewing “The Nine Billion Name of God” – feel free to check it out and post your own thoughts about it.

    Here’s to a great writer and a giant of the genre!

  2. Matte Lozenge // March 19, 2008 at 12:14 am //

    A pioneer in so many ways, he will be remembered for his realistic yet optimistic view of humanity’s future.

  3. Bill Derbyshire // March 19, 2008 at 12:51 am //

    I discovered Arthurs work after 2001 at the age of 10.

    It was through his books that I entered the vast SF universe

    I have lost an old and revered friend…

  4. There were three things I loved about Clarke’s storytelling: first and foremost, the sense of wonder from those huge ideas he unveiled to us; the fact that he was able to ground a lot of those fantastic tales in the possible; that his writing style passes the test of time – I can read his stuff now and still enjoy it as much as I did as a kid (can’t say that about some of the other Golden Age authors, whose writing style can seem somewhat lacking now).

    I’m glad he shared his imagination with us.

  5. General X // March 19, 2008 at 6:47 am //

    And so it goes that the last of Science Fiction’s first great grandmasters passes away.We have suffered a great loss.

    He inspired many and now is gone into immortality. Might he rest in peace and may his star never lose luster.

  6. As a young boy, I discovered SF through reading my Dad’s dog-eared copies of Arthur C. Clarke stories.

    He will live on through his written legacy.

    R.I.P. Arthur


  7. Let me join those who feel loss at the passing of Arthur C Clarke. May he have peace.

    Mischa KK Bagley


    ‘Sex, Cathedrals & Metamorphosis’

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