UGH! Arthur C. Clarke passed away?

  • asupas

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    Aug 02, 2008 6:21 AM GMT
    Why didn't anyone tell me?! He's my favorite science fiction author and a literary icon. I'm shocked that I didn't hear about this on the news.

    Has anyone else ever read his books? They are brilliant.
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    Aug 02, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    asupas saidWhy didn't anyone tell me?! He's my favorite science fiction author and a literary icon. I'm shocked that I didn't hear about this on the news.

    Has anyone else ever read his books? They are brilliant.

    He died months ago. How did you just find out now?
  • asupas

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    Aug 02, 2008 6:50 AM GMT
    I was trying to find out when his next book was due out. Luckily he finished one last novel with the help of a co-author before he passed.
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    Aug 02, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    I enjoyed the books starting with 2001 a space Oddyssey, 2010 and 2061. I have yet to read "3001 the Final Oddyssey though.

    If my memory serves me correctly, he came up with the idea of geosynchronous satellites. If that's true, he advanced communications tremendously.

    He was a hell of a guy.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Aug 02, 2008 2:57 PM GMT
    One of my favorites as well, every gay man should read Fountains of Paradise. It made the news but wasn't very prominent, I read the BBC website where it was a big deal, him being British and all.
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    Aug 02, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    I read "Childhood's End" as part of my dystopia thesis for my senior writing project in high school. Incredible story.

    I read it along with "1984" and "Brave New World."

    Three of the best books I have ever read.
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    Aug 02, 2008 6:05 PM GMT
    It's because all of the bandwidth was urgently required to transmit the latest vital information about hollywood bimbos.

    A few years ago, I attended a rather lame panel discussion in which AC Clark participated via shortwave radio. He did seem to be a bit in decline at that time, but still interesting to talk to. Anyway, he started his remarks by saying:

    I'm afraid I've had some rather bad news. I've just been to the hospital for a check-up, and it seems that my blood type has been discontinued.


    The recurring theme in his stories was dealing with transcendence. I find it curious that he so often chose to have transcendence imposed by mysterious external forces, but more interesting when people selected and engineered their own.