As written by Ravi Nessman, AP writer:
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka –, a , has died an aide said. He was 90. Clarke, who won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books on space, science and the future, died Wednesday in his adopted home of Sri Lanka.
Clarke had battled debilitating post-polio syndrome since the 1960s and sometimes used a wheelchair, died at 1:30 a.m. after suffering breathing problems, aide Rohan De Silva said.Co-author with of Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Clarke was regarded as far more than a science fiction writer. He was credited with the concept of communications satellites in 1945, decades before they became a reality. Geosynchronous orbits, which keep satellites in a fixed position relative to the ground, are called Clarke orbits. He joined American broadcaster as commentator on the U.S. Apollo moonshots in the late 1960s.Clarke’s non-fiction volumes on space travel and his explorations of the and Indian Ocean earned him respect in the world of science, and in 1976 he became an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
But it was his writing that shot him to his greatest fame and that gave him the greatest fulfillment.
“Sometimes I am asked how I would like to be remembered,” Clarke said recently. “I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer and space promoter. Of all these I would like to be remembered as a writer.”
I can’t say how saddened I am by this. It’s like a piece of my childhood died with him. I suppose nobody should be surprised by this, after all the man was 90 years old. Hell, I would be lucky if I lived long enough to draw my puny Social Security with all the health issues I’m treated for. So 90 years is a ripe old age and the guy didn’t waste it.
Not too many people realize this, but Clarke did invent the concept of the orbiting communication satellite after he got out of the British Army after WWII. I wonder if he submitted a patent for it?
I’m not going to go through the litany of books and other literature the man had written, I can say one thing though, I read 99% of his scifi. I even refer to some of his work in my posts, just yesterday in fact!
On the tinfoil side, there was a rumor that he knew about possible structures on the Moon and Mars, real sources for his and Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. Also he foretold how benevolent super-aliens would force ‘disclosure’ of their existence in his novel ‘Childhood’s End’. Fodder for a later post.
So Bon Voyage Sir Arthur! May you still live long and prosper in a parallel universe somewhere! You showed some of us not to fear the future!
Yahoo!News obituary article