Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, R.I.P.

Though not unexpected, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur C. Clarke today at the age of 90 in his home in Sri Lanka. I had already been thinking about him, especially over the past few days as I was compiling a list of my top 10 favorite science fiction authors to post here, so it seemed even more serendipitous to hear of his death.

Despite his fame as a writer of science fiction, Clarke was also hailed as a visionary in the world of science, developing the concept of space satellites in 1945, years before they were created, and was regarded as an expert consultant in matters of study involving the future.

Somehow, it would not surprise me to learn that he was a time-traveler from that very future he let us peek into.

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