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Postby UrsusArctos » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:12 pm

Well, he finally had to. He was 90 and ill.

http://www.space.com/news/080318-arthur-clarke.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/books/18cnd-clarke.html?hp

But goddamn it...I just finished reading his complete Space Odyssey series yesterday! Well, maybe yesterday afternoon, but I was still reading 3001 when he passed!

That gentleman was far, far ahead of his times. Now the last of the "big three" science-fiction writers is no more, and an Era in Sci-Fi is officially and completely over.

What astronaut Frank Poole said in 3001: That for human beings, Love and Death are the most important in life.

Rest in peace, Arthur C. Clarke.
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Postby The Bastard King » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:28 pm

Looks like a new addition for the British Library.

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Postby V » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:50 pm

"Clarke's Third Law: Sufficiently advanced technology is indestinguishable from magic"....
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Postby UrsusArctos » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:02 pm

Or how Asimov paraphrased laws one and three.
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Postby CorporalChaos » Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:38 pm

This sucks. I suppose his legacy will live on through his books...assuming that society can stay literate enough to.
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Postby drinian » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:09 pm

Asimov and Clarke were the first two "real" science-fiction writers I read, and they both taught me how to think about the future. Clarke in particular inspired me to know the science, and think about what was really possible.

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Postby UrsusArctos » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:31 pm

It was the same with me. I read Rendevous with Rama a long time ago, and later picked up I, Robot.

And I do feel the same way about Clarke- he makes you think about what is really possible.
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Postby BobBQ » Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:33 pm

Clarke was a genius and will be sorely missed.

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Postby TriLink » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:30 am

Don't scare me like that!

I saw "Clarke" in one of the links you posted and thought Dick Clark had died. I'm not sure I can handle Ryan Seacrest every New Years Eve, so I was a little freaked for a moment.
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Postby NAveryW » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:45 am

Every time I think that I'd like to meet a sci-fi author, he dies within a couple of months. First Douglas Adams, then Arthur C. Clarke. It's just two, but still...

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Postby UrsusArctos » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:00 am

Well, I might have been a little wrong about when he died, so I at least finished reading the Space Odyssey series before he passed away, but...like BobBQ said, he was a genius and he'll be sorely missed. I'll miss him even if I never knew him.
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Postby Xard » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:11 am

I hope his addiction to connections between fractals and consciousness weren't in vain and he is happily humming in some fractaly afterlife


Rest in peace, master

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Postby chee » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:49 am

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Postby AchtungAffen » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:32 am

Morrow I'll have a Rama in his honour.
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Postby Sailor Star Dust » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:04 pm

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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:51 pm

Because no-one else has done it here yet

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Postby yokuchi » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:36 pm

I'm surprised I hadn't found out about this sooner. He was and still is one of my heroes. Brilliant man. I'm sure he and his work won't be forgotten.
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Postby RandomStuff » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:41 pm

I just finished the series two weeks ago [Space odyssey], man. He was a brilliant man, he lived a long life, and he was famous [At least in the older generations, none of my classmates know him]. He lived a good life.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 pm

RandomStuff wrote:Rest in Peace, Sir Clark.


You say "Sir Arthur" -- Sir takes the given name.

Also not enough love for The City and the Stars -- the only book of his that has really stood the test of time.
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Postby RandomStuff » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:12 pm

Mr. Tines wrote:
RandomStuff wrote:Rest in Peace, Sir Clark.


You say "Sir Arthur" -- Sir takes the given name.

Oops, forgot.
Once again then.

Rest in Peace Sir Arthur.
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