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Old 2008-03-18, 22:10   Link #1
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RIP Arthur C Clarke

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By RAVI NESSMANAssociated Press Writer
March 18, 2008 - 9:51 p.m.
Arthur C. Clarke, a visionary science fiction writer who 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.

http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news...ry/213450.html
His works has been a hit and miss with me. Liking some of his works and not liking others. But for those i did like I do want to Thank Mr. Clarke for some of the best scifi i have ever read.
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Old 2008-03-18, 22:23   Link #2
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Clarke was one of the original giants of "hard" science fiction (the art of building a story around a concept). Even his later books written with partners had fascinating ideas like "The Light of Other Days" which explored the consequences of the total destruction of privacy, a true ultimate mind-jacked internet, wormhole camera technology that could collect views from any point in time and space and the impact on history and religion.

Childhood's End, The City and the Stars, Rendevous with Rama, etc. Good stuff. He was one of the first people to articulate the *idea* of a communications satellite.

Not so good with character development and his partnering efforts tended to swamp his stories with soap operatic crap --- but the *ideas* were very cool and fed the newer generations of folks like Brin, Hogan, Bear, and the like.

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Old 2008-03-18, 23:21   Link #3
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Even if his stories lacked something, that "hard" science fiction is what I liked about him. Lots of younger folk may not realize it, but several of our greatest breakthroughs of the application of science were predicted and written about by him. He was my kind of visionary.

I dare say he had quite a full life long before he reached the finish line.
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Old 2008-03-18, 23:39   Link #4
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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

I'll always remember him for that quote, the so-called "Third Law". Rest in peace.
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Old 2008-03-19, 10:20   Link #5
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First Gary Gygax, now Clarke.

It's really a bad month for the nerds.
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Old 2008-03-19, 12:58   Link #6
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Great man he was. His biggest contribution is certainly 2001. The SF community just wouldn't be where it is today without pioneers like him, Isaac Asimov and Philip K Dick, etc.

And it's not just the SF community that he has helped influenced, real life science has ended up being inspired by his vision as well, most notably the moon landing in 1969, and geostationary satellites.

RIP, you will be missed.
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Old 2008-03-19, 13:37   Link #7
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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

I'll always remember him for that quote, the so-called "Third Law". Rest in peace.
Amen to both.
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Old 2008-03-26, 07:28   Link #8
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meh, It's really the end of an era.The last of the great pioneers left us.
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