Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke has passed

The Starchild
Arthur C. Clarke, famed science fiction author, has passed away in his adopted home of Sri Lanka. He was 90 years young.

Mr Clarke invented the concept of a world-circling satellite communications system in a paper published in 1945. He then went on to write some of the best short stories and novels of science fiction that the genre has produced, including Against the Fall of Night, The Other Side of the Sky, and Childhood's End, arguably the best science fiction novel ever written, as well as the source for Stanley Kubrick's motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey, which some have put forward as the best film ever made. In total, he wrote or collaborated on almost 100 books of speculative fiction as well as real science for the layman.

A British subject, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

His last novel, co-written with Frederick Pohl and due out later this year, is appropriately titled The Last Theorem.

He will be sorely missed.

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