Arthur C Clarke RIP

Started by cygnusxdave, March 18, 2008, 23:22:05 pm

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cygnusxdave

Dunno whether this should go in here or in the literature thread, but breaking news on the Sky website says that Arthur C Clarke has died aged 90.

The inventor of the communications satellite and author of over 100 books. I'm a big fan of his sf work.

RIP Arthur.
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andyhaines

Sad to hear this Dave. A great writer and such an original thinker.

RIP.

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BasspedalMan

Up there with Stephen Hawking for me..... I always remember being utterly fascinated and inspired by his work. He had a great way of delivering facts and suppositions that just made you want to find out more..... a sad loss.
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Slim

Heard this on the news, 30 minutes ago. There aren't many science-fiction writers for whom the term 'visionary' is genuinely justified; indeed there may only have been one.

Absolutely remarkable that the man who, in 1945, foresaw communication satellites, was not a professional scientist, or an engineer, but a writer. I suppose the Clarke Belt will be his lasting legacy.


Neillwith2Ls

And what a legacy it will be. Sad news, RIP.
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Prince By-Tor

Very sad to hear of his passing. A tremendous writer. :(

I've just heard a recording (which was made last year) of him thanking people for enjoying his books and making him extremely happy, on 5 Live. The poor guy sounded terrible and (I guess) must have been ill for quite a while.

R.I.P Arthur :(

döm

March 19, 2008, 09:35:34 am #6 Last Edit: March 19, 2008, 09:36:24 am by dom
Great writer - read a lot of his stuff when i was younger - Rendezvous with Rama was my fave i think.

Good for him on reaching 90 as well - that's a decent age
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dwtty

Asimov just get's the edge on him for me, but i think i have read almost every one of his books, The Rama ones are  my favourite. Maybe a sad loss but what a life to have lead.

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Ron

Sad to hear, although he was 90 years old.

I think it is wise to merge this thread with the literature one.
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BaldiePete

A great writer from the classic era of SF.

My dad knew him very slightly during WW2. He (my Dad) was some sort of electrical technician in the RAF when Clarke was also in the RAF as a radar specialist. My dad was a big SF fan in those days but I don't think Clarke had actually published anything then.

He did have scientific qualifications though - a degree in Maths and Physics.

Dixkot



Moving this to merge it with similar thread in Literature section.

Reg

Died yesterday, aged 90.

Arthur has finally reached his Childhood's End and is off to The Fountains Of Paradise amongst The Islands Of The Sky.

Sad to hear of the passing of another childhood hero of mine.  He didn't cast as great a shadow over my early reading as, say, Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein, but he did write 2 of my favourite books - Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.
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March 19, 2008, 16:39:43 pm #12 Last Edit: March 19, 2008, 16:40:00 pm by dom
QuoteDied yesterday, aged 90.

Arthur has finally reached his Childhood's End and is off to The Fountains Of Paradise amongst The Islands Of The Sky.

Sad to hear of the passing of another childhood hero of mine.  He didn't cast as great a shadow over my early reading as, say, Isaac Asimov or Robert Heinlein, but he did write 2 of my favourite books - Rendezvous with Rama, and The Fountains of Paradise.


I loved Rendezvous with Rama when I read it many years ago and I hear that it is being released as a film next year.  Hopefully it will serve as a fitting tribute to him
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dwtty

That would be a bloody good film if done properly, as long as they keep the suspense. Huge vault of stuff to choose from for sci fi films, makes me wonder sometimes where so many turds get churned out.

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BaldiePete

QuoteThat would be a bloody good film if done properly, as long as they keep the suspense. Huge vault of stuff to choose from for sci fi films, makes me wonder sometimes where so many turds get churned out.



Because most so-called sci-fi films are nothing of the sort. Childish rubbish for the most part.

Agree about Rendezvous With Rama but only for the first book. The others are terrible.