Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke, March 19, 2008, RIP

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This is not a blog entry about motorcycles and riding, per-se. This is about the loss of a fantastic author and thinker. The world of science fiction literature and telecommunications technology lost a great mind today. Arthur C. Clarke died at the age of 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.

He was born in England and served the Royal Air Force during World War II as a RADAR Specialist. He was knighted in 2000 by the Queen of England, and in 1945 described the utilization of geostationary orbiting satellites as perfect platforms for stable, global communications. Hence, the Clarke Belt.

I attribute much of my early development as a person, science fiction reader and amateur writer to many of his books, including Rendezvous with Rama, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, Against the Fall of Night, and 2010: Odyssey Two. As a matter of fact, I have a copy of The Fountains of Paradise on my book case at work.

Please, take a moment and say a silent 'thank you' to Sir Arthur C. Clarke for what he has given us. May he rest in peace.

Special thanks to Daniel Meyer for finding the cat picture. I had no idea he had died until I read Daniel's blog, and the picture he found was perfect. You may read more about Mr Clarke on his Wikipedia page.

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