Arthur C Clarke has passed away in Sri Lanka aged 90. A man who had made Sri Lanka his home, he was a giant in world culture who will be missed.
Best known for his science fiction writing, it was his short story, The Sentinel, that led to Kubrick’s epic 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the greatest science fiction films ever. Apart from this Clarke wrote over 100 books.
Often, his science fiction overshadowed his other work. He had an interest in the paranormal, leading to a couple of excellent TV series. But most importantly, it was his idea of placing satellites in geo-stationary orbit that led to global communications.
This sparked an idea that eventually led to the internet. So today, when you post, remember Arthur, and say goodbye.
© Anthony North, March 2008
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