Foo - RIP Arthur C. Clarke :(
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03-18-08, 07:09 PM
I hope he gets to meet his extraterrestrial buddies in the next plane of life.
In my opinion, the best SF writer ever. He died in his home today. :(
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03-18-08, 07:12 PM
That was a true gentleman who embraced dignity. Fortunately, in at least one sense, he will live on.
03-18-08, 07:33 PM
Rendezvous with Rama, Imperial Earth, 2001, 2010, he was amazing; was always a fan of him, Niven and Ursula LeGuin
I loved watching reruns of "Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World" on the History Channel years ago. He always seemed like an incredible person to me. Sad to see him go.
Awww... that's sad news. But I'm hoping he got to ride a space elevator on his way :)
Loved Rendezvous with Rama, Rama II- a literary genius. He will be sadly missed- R.I.P.
03-18-08, 09:20 PM
He was a great mind and a great writer. I started reading his books in my teens and definitely left a lasting positive impression. He will be missed.
03-18-08, 10:10 PM
The very evarrr first scifi book I read was actually Clarke's short story collection, "Tales from Planet Earth." It was what got me hooked on the genre, and without him, I probably wouldn't be such a geek. :)
03-18-08, 10:23 PM
RIP Arthur. Well done.
03-18-08, 10:38 PM
While 2001 was, as he hoped, the definitive space epic (although the end was a little trippy), I appreciated his short stories best. The 9 Billion Names of God, Rescue Party, Superiority, and others all fascinated me, despite their brevity.
Second Dawn, History Lesson, Breaking Strain, The Songs of Distant Earth (the novel), Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood's End are my favourites.
His memories will be treasured.
I really have not read much Arthur C. Clarke. I will have to add him to my reading list. RIP Sir.
'Childhood's End' is good start.
03-19-08, 09:24 AM
He will be missed - such a visionary person. Deep Range was a very thought provoking book - and of course, Childhood's End.
03-19-08, 01:21 PM
Me bummed. I especially liked Rendezvous With Rama and Childhood's End (the latter of which I found profoundly disturbing -- not in a bad way, but in a "wow, this guy has drilled straight to the primal reptilian core of communication" way) but I was a fan of all his books.
Still haven't read 3001: Final Odyssey
Young Sri Lankan boys can rest easy now...
03-19-08, 05:59 PM
90 years writing classic fiction is a good life.
Bravo Sir Arthur, you will be missed.
03-19-08, 06:24 PM
'The Nine Billion Names of God' is one of the best short stories I've ever read. Maybe the best. Ditto for 'The Sentinel'.
Arthur was just brilliant.
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