Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Death of Arthur C. Clarke

A visionary died today. Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke died aged 90 in Sri Lanka. Clarke captured the world's imagination with books such as "2001: A Space Odyssey" and famously predicted communication satellites.

Clarke was known as the grand old man of science fiction as he had written a visionary paper during World War II which he worked out the conditions for placing satellites in Earth’s orbit. Ironically, Clarke had an uneasy relationship with the scientific establishment as he has made some outlandish predictions; making contact with intelligent life on other planets by 2030; discovering the secret of immortality by 2090, etc.

Still he was a visionary and one of the most names in sci-fi, one of the Big 3 alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein. He will be missed

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