Writer (Sir) Arthur C Clarke dies age 90

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    Brilliant man - real and realistic sci-fi is always the best. And he spun a damn good yarn too. Sad loss.
     
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    Loved his books, especially Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World. Sad day indeed.
     
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    He had an uncanny imagination, always enjoyed his works.

    "I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical."
    ~Arthur C. Clarke
     
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    he had a good run... got his innings...


    Left a mark.


    what more is there?
     
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    Quite right.
     
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    The man was brilliant.
     
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    His seamless blend of scientific expertise and poetic imagination helped usher in the space age. Among his legacies are Clarke’s Three Laws, provocative observations on science, science fiction and society that were published in his “Profiles of the Future” (1962):

    “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”


    “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    There is no reason to be sad. Far from a loss, we're left with a wealth of imagination, vision and possibilities. Celebrate his life and appreciate the man.
     
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    Big loss! R.I.P.
     
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    Oh no!!! Really sad to hear it.
     
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    He was the man
     
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    Clarke was good, Summertime on Icarus is one of my all time fave sci-fi short stories. As a sci-fi geek, I will miss his presence in the world.
     
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    I met him a couple of times and found him to be personable and charming, keeping his accent quieter than most people would.

    I did find some of his later narrative to be wanting, but liked a lot of his older novels and short stories.

    90 is a good age to hit. RIP
     
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    This is in recoginition of one of the best science fiction writers of all times and one of the three fathers of modern science fiction, the inventor of geostationery communication satellites

    and my favourite author

    Arthur C Clarke

    who passed away on wednesday at the ripe age of 90.
     
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    Brilliant of him to never leak the meaning of the final of 2001... kept him in the $$$ for decades because of...

    Curious how legitimate the pedophilia charges were...
     
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    Evidently, not at all.
     
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    R.I.P.
     
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    Sir Arthur C Clarke dies; the last of the great three from the golden age of sci-fi writing (the other two bein Issac Azimov and Robert Heinlein). Brilliant writer, scientist and visionary. Can't wait for his last book - written in conjunction with no other than Frederick Pohl; The Last Theorum. Upset person here!!
     
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    Hi Tickled Pink - sounds like you're a fan of quality scifi also.

    I agree, this was truly a loss. Clarke's ideas went beyond the merely fanciful.

    I had come to think of reading as drudgery during college. His novels and short stories were what initiated my reading for pleasure as an adult.

    "Childhood's End" was what first got me hooked. I think I've managed to read most everything else he wrote. Which book of his did you find most interesting?
     
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    I also liked Childhood's End. In that book, the Devil really is the detail.
     
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