Arthur C Clarke Has Past Away

ArthurCClark.jpgAll time great science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke, author of more than 100 books, has died today in Sri Lanka at the age of 90 after a cardio-respiratory attack. Born in 1917 in England, Arthur C Clarke had lived in Sri Lanka for more than half a century. He came to popular fame in 1968 when the short story The Sentinel was made into the film : A Odyssey by director Stanley Kubrick. However he made his first mark on this world during World War II when he published a visionary paper detailing the conditions of placing a satellite in geostationary orbit. He was paid about 20 dollars for the theory that launched a multi billion dollar industry.

Clarke always wanted to be allowed to make three wishes. Peace in Sri Lanka, evidence of extra-terrestrial life and for the world to adopt cleaner forms of energy. Recently at his 90th , confined to a wheelchair due to the effects of childhood polio, Clarke said “I have no regrets and no more personal ambitions”.

Other notable books included:

  • Childhood’s End
  • Rendezvous With
  • Songs of Distant Earth
  • Against the Fall of Night
  • The Fountains of Paradise
  • City and Stars
  • Expedition to Earth
  • Islands in the Sky
  • Nine Billion Names of God
  • Earthlight
  • Against Infinity
  • A Fall of Moondust

He will be sorely missed!

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2 thoughts on “Arthur C Clarke Has Past Away”

  1. Rendezvous With Rama was a favorite of mine and I remember reading it also was in film development for quite some time. A lot of Clarke’s books dealt with humanity’s “next step” and how we were constantly evolving, which is characteristic of his optimism.

  2. Rendezvous with Rama, yes, that was a great book! Here in The Netherlands the Dutch translation was published by the same company that also published one of my own early scifi books: Het pentagram in de toren. Although I’m in a totally different, infinetesimal league than Arthur Clarke, it sure pleases me that at least we shared a publisher! I’ll miss him – not only his books, but also his appearances on television. Be well! Jaap Verduijn.

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